The M4 is something of a wild child, its pin-sharp front axle and rampant rear-wheel-drive balance meaning it can be a proper handful at times. More power might seem the last thing it needs but the new spring rates and recalibrated multi-mode dampers, steering and stability control combine to make it somehow more exploitable and less edgy than the standard car. It remains a complex machine and one that makes significant demands of its driver. But in an age of dumbed down performance cars it's refreshing to drive something that makes you think twice before giving it everything. As a result the rewards are richer, the Competition Package adding both potency and polish to an already compelling product.
Price tag of our car – £62,550 (with M DCT dual-clutch gearbox) (£59,550 for standard M4 M DCT, plus £3,000 for Competition Package)