BMW M Power Tour at Mission Raceway Park
By the now you probablyÂ seen the hot new M4 screaming across the aircraft carrier. The Ultimate Racetrack campaign is aÂ massive success with over 5 million hits on YouTube alone.Â Last week, I was invitedÂ to attend the annual BMW M Power Tour at Mission Raceway Park. It was the perfect opportunity test drive the 2015 BMW M4 as well as the whole fleet of M modelsÂ – M3, M5, and M6 Gran CoupÃ©. The M Power Tour is a thrilling track day led byÂ BMWâ€™s professional driving instructors.
Matthew Wilson, Product Planning Manager at BMW CanadaÂ welcome us to the M Power Tour.
What’s M? The Motorsport program started in 1972 to modifiedÂ BMW nameplate with improve engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior and exterior modifications.
The uniqueÂ aspect of a M car:
– 80% new or re-engineered parts
-Â Lightweight materials
– 50 / 50 weightÂ distribution
– M Drive
-Â 7 speed double clutch transmission
All M models are tested and tuned at the NÃ¼rburgring racing circuit in Germany.
We kick off track dayÂ with a safety briefing at the lounge area.Â Afterwards, we split into groups and move on to on-track driving exercises to develop our cornering and braking skills. Throughout the lesson, I was able to switch toÂ different M models. I started with the top of the line $130,000+ M6 high performance luxury coupe.Â At the heart of the M6 is a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 engineÂ that rocket throughÂ the straight away. Even in a longer wheelbase and wider body, it’s still agile to go around the apex.
Up next was the M3 and M4,Â the M4 is the newest addition to BMW’s line of M performance coupes. Â The M3 and the M4 are identical in many ways, they both ditch the V-8 motor in favourÂ of a twin-turbo inline-6.Â On the track, the M4 is powerhouse withÂ 425 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque available from 1,850 to 5,500 rpm.Â The 7 speed dual-clutch transmission is so good that you donâ€™t wish for the manual. In Sport+ mode, the throttle is responsive in all gears. BMW claims the M4 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. That’s wickedÂ fast!
After I master the exercises, I was excitedÂ to do hot laps around the track. Overall, IÂ had lots of fun driving all of the M cars. I can’t wait for the M Tour to be back in Vancouver.Â Thanks to BMW Canada for inviting me.
To experience the M Power Tour, please visit:Â https://www.mpowertour.ca