Horsepower is one part of the equation and not the be all end all. What is interesting is that the redline is claimed to be 7800 rpm. That is pretty good and the highest redline of any BMW production turbocharged motor. It is not E46 M3 S54 8000 rpm good, or E92 M3 S65 V8 8400 rpm good, or E60 M5 8250 rpm good, but it's good and better than expected if true. Keep in mind spy shots of the tach captured by BimmerBoost members have shown a lower redline.
The F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 need their horsepower and torque to move their huge asses, especially the M5 which is a fat pig. An emphasis on lighter weight is exactly what BMW needs. Frankly, it's long overdue but clearly BMW is responding to the warranted criticism. It is difficult to claim to be Efficient and Dynamic when the cars outweigh the competition.
If what AutoBild reports is true then the M4 will weigh 100 kilograms less than the standard 4-Series. That would mean a curb weight in the ~3300 pound range. It sounds almost too good to be true but with optional ceramic brakes and various lightweight body pieces they may hit that weight. That would make this the lightest M3 (shut up Bimmerboost knows they are calling it an M4) since the E36. Now that is something to be proud of. It also makes the F80 and F82 chassis designations versus the F30 for the 3-Series and the F32 for the 4-Series suddenly make sense if the construction materials differ greatly.
Other options other than the ceramic brakes and competition package include a valved exhaust system and 20 inch wheels. Oh, and a 6-speed manual option of course. The 7-speed DCT will not be forced on you (as it should not be in a drivers car).
This is much, much better than anticipated if accurate. It seems BMW is finally responding to the criticism of fat cars that no longer offer the best driving experience in their class. It is a certainty that the new W205 C63 AMG will outpower this car with its 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 but if the new M3 is significantly lighter it will not need as much power to compensate while at the same time running circles around the C63 AMG on the roadcourse.
Limp mode issues will still be a concern with the turbo motor on the track and we will have to just wait and see how it holds up in a racetrack environment.
BMW and M are certainly not back as that once special M shine and swagger will forever be diminished but this is at the very least (once again, providing it is accurate) a step back in the right direction after quite a long string of BMW and M disappointments. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.