The official safety car for the upcoming 2014 MotoGP season has been officially confirmed as a specially equipped BMW M4 Coupe.
Last year, the motorcycle racing series used a BMW M6 Gran Coupe as the safety car but considering the M4 is the latest and arguably most impressive new M-powered BMW, it comes as no surprise that it’s replacing the M6 in leading the MotoGP field.
As always, it features a special BMW M racing livery along with a light bar on the roof.
Under the hood, the BMW M4 Safety Car remains identical to the production model. That means it features a brand new 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine which revs to 7,600 rpm, producing an impressive 431 hp between 5,390 rpm and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,800 rpm to 5,390 rpm. That torque figure is an improvement over the outgoing BMW E92 M3 of 40 per cent.
The BMW M4 will consequently sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h but this can be increased to 280 km/h with the optional M driver’s package. In addition to this increase in power and torque, both new models weigh around 80 kg less than a comparably equipped predecessor model. As a result, the BMW M4 Coupe tips the scales at 1,497 kg.