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The M4 has standard City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Evora doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The M4’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Evora doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The M4 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Evora only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
The M4’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Evora doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
The M4 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Evora doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the M4 and the Evora have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The BMW M4 weighs 446 to 1145 pounds more than the Lotus Evora. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.
The M4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Evora’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The M4 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Lotus doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Evora.
The M4’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the Evora’s (12 vs. 8 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M4 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lotus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Evora.
There are almost 9 times as many BMW dealers as there are Lotus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the M4’s warranty.
The M4’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (425 vs. 400) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 302) than the Evora’s 3.5 supercharged V6. The M4’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (444 vs. 400) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 302) than the Evora’s 3.5 supercharged V6.
On the EPA test cycle the M4 Coupe Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Evora 400 Manual (18 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Evora doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is available on the BMW M4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Evora.
The M4 offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Evora doesn’t offer an SMG.
For better stopping power the M4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Evora:
The M4 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Evora doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
For better traction, the M4 has larger front standard tires than the Evora (255/40R18 vs. 235/35R19). The M4’s optional front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Evora (F:265/30R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:235/35R19 & R:285/30R20).
The M4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Evora’s 35 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M4 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Evora’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.
The M4 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Evora’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The M4 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Evora doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M4’s wheelbase is 9.3 inches longer than on the Evora (110.7 inches vs. 101.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M4 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Evora.
The M4’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The Evora doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.
The M4 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Evora (11 vs. 5.7 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the M4’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Evora doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The engine in the M4 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Evora. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
When two different drivers share the M4, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Evora doesn’t offer a memory system.
The M4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Evora doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The M4’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Evora’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them.
If the windows are left open on the M4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Evora can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The M4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Evora’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Evora doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The M4 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Evora doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Evora doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Evora doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M4 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the M4 Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Evora doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The M4’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Evora’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.
When the M4 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Evora’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
The M4’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Evora doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.
On extremely cold winter days, the M4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Evora doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The M4’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Evora doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The M4’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Evora doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the M4 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Evora doesn’t offer rear vents.
To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the M4 has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Evora doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.
The M4’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Evora doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The BMW M4 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Lotus Evora isn’t available as a convertible.
The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The Evora has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
The M3/M4 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 23 years. The Evora has never been an “All Star.”
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