Why the Heritage Edition M4 could become BMW’s next M-Division classic


The very last series of F82 M4s to be produced will be the Heritage Edition

Power figures are rated at 331kW and 550Nm

Only 10 F82 M4 models will make it to SA customers (750 globally)

Amid all the 4 Series controversy, the Heritage Edition M4 could become BMW's next M-Division classic.

There have been a great many collectable M3s, from the original four-cylinder car (unavailable in South Africa) to BMW's legendary E46 CSL. 

The M-Division's compact coupe has always struck a powerful chord with those who appreciate BMW's driver-centric engineering philosophy. 

Although the naming convention might have changed to M4 with BMW's current F82 series, it remains the best example of what purist followers of the Bavarian brand appreciate most: an inline six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive platform. 

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BMW M4 Heritage Edition

2020 BMW M4 Heritage Edition. Image: Press Club/BMW SA

Your last chance at a 'normal' looking M4

With BMW due to reveal its second-generation M4 soon, those who aren't that keen on the new vertical grille look, might want to source a final example of the F82 M-car. 

The very last series of F82 M4s to be produced will be the Heritage Edition cars. Powered by the company's twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, there is no question about performance credentials. BMW's M4 Heritage Edition rates at 331kW and 550Nm.

Its mechanical features might be broadly similar to all other F82-series M4s, but the Heritage Edition cars do have some distinguishing styling elements. Built with a carbon-fibre roof structure, to reduce its centre of gravity, the M4 Heritage Edition treads some style into its composite top. 

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Although expensively laborious to do, BMW has set its signature M-Division colourway into the Heritage Edition M4's roof. There are two tones of blue and red, running across the M4 Heritage Edition's roof, on the passenger side. 

Trick composite roof graphics aside, the M4 Heritage Edition also rolls a multi-spoke alloy wheels design, which is unique within BMW's product portfolio. 

Inside these farewell edition first-generation M4s, BMW has fitted its ergonomically excellent M-specification seats, as standard equipment. Customers have three colour options for the Heritage Edition bicolour M-spec seats, while red and yellow stitching, trims most of the cabin's leather touch surfaces. 

BMW M4 Heritage Edition

2020 BMW M4 Heritage Edition. Image: Press Club/BMW SA

Will it become a classic?

Validation numbers are hugely important for any limited edition BMW, and the M4 Heritage cars will each have a unique number passenger-side dash plaque denoting their numerical unit. Both metal door sills will also reinforce the unit-specific M4 Heritage Edition numbering. 

BMW has committed to only build 750 M4 Heritage Edition cars in total, which should ensure relatively scarcity and secure future values. At a price of R1 746 800, they represent a significant investment, but there isn't much else out there with the balance of feature and driver appeal. 

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It might not entirely be an M4 GTS or DTM, but if you are looking to invest in a collectable M-car, this will undoubtedly be a better prospect measured over five or ten years, than any of BMW's M-SUVs. 

These F82 M4s might become particularly valuable over time. They will constitute the last of BMW's M-car coupes, before the radical styling change to its new G-series styling language. 

Performance car investors often say that the best time to buy is at the very end of a model's lifecycle when all the features all present – and its production quality is at peak maturity. For the ten South African M4 Heritage Edition customers, that could very well prove to be the case.

BMW M4 Heritage Edition
2020 BMW M4 Heritage Edition. Image: Press Club/BMW SA
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