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      04-27-2021, 12:36 PM   #1
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My new M4 Competition - Perspective from an Audi / 911 Owner

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It's been many years since my last posts on this forum (13). Much time has passed and I count myself incredibly lucky to reach out and introduce to you my new AW M4 Comp.

First, I'll make I have a few comments based on previous and current experiences around tech as a multiple time Audi owner ('18 A5 sportback with APR/032 mods, '20 Q8 s-line/black optics, fiancÚ is driving a '21 Q7 prestige, the daily driver).

I also owned a '17 991.2 base 911 for about 18 months and will make some performance comparisons there.

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Latest Audi MMI interface (two screens controlling media/climate) is a bit more user friendly in the sense there aren't quite as many steps involved to get to a particular menu.

BMW has much less lag during initial startup.

Apple CarPlay is MUCH quicker to connect on the M4 then any of the 3 Audis I have owned. The Audis would also disconnect at random moments mid-drive. This was never resolved even after firmware updates.

The M4's HUD is amazing, especially in MSport mode with the large tach front and center. Makes you feel very aware and dare I say "safe" during spirited driving, especially during break in. I really appreciate having that information at hand. Not that I would wheel the Q7/Q8 in anywhere near the same degree as the M4, but I do drive my cars with intent and the Audis have a much smaller HUD footprint.

The HK sound system is really a let down coming from the B/O systems in all 3 Audis (mid tier system, not the $5900 one). Even compared to the sportback, which was known to sound a bit drowned out due to the open hatch nature of the vehicle, it had tighter base, crisper treble, although the mids are better on the M4.

I really do appreciate having some buttons again compared to the 2 SUVs with full touch screen everything. The Audis looked amazing, and worked fairly well/was responsive to touch, but nothing can supplement the simple tactility of pressing a button.

For the price, cooled seats should be standard. I'm in AZ, so its very much needed. The BMWapp aircon preconditioning is pretty amazing. That's not a feature available on Audi and is a game changer.

I'm in Tech/Staffing as a profession, and a Turo PowerHost as a side business, so my world tends to lean towards "tech" in genera, and the M4 seems to fit that type of lifestyle.

Performance: 991.2 base vs M4.

For this comparison, I'll focus simply on the performance and not the tech, seeming the 911 was quite a bit dated in comparison tech-wise.

Power/Speed: the M4 Comp is quicker, hands down. At every speed, from a dig or roll, the 500+hp M4 would walk my 911. Both are underrated power-wise, but no comparison.

Suspension: the 911 was a softer ride overall. It was a mom SPASM car with the base suspension, but 20" carrera classic wheels. It tramlined about the same as the M4. You can feel through the wheel the M4 has much more aggressive camber. The M4 feels much more "on its toes" at all times, like it never really wants to relax, even in comfort suspension mode.

PDK/8speed: PDK was great, but I have a controversial comment. I think the 8speed is faster. Maybe it was the tuning on the base 911 PDK, and not representative of others models (I have driven many other model 911s/boosters/caymans that felt quicker), but I always felt I wasn't getting the lighting quick snappy shifts in my 911 than I got in other Porsches. I think the M4 seat of the pants review (I am a total amateur, so take with grain of salt) is that on level 3 manual mode, the 8 speed shifts a bit quicker. Weird comment, I know.

Braking: pretty similar overall power-wise. I think the 911 had much more natural feeling. Sport brake in M4 is really sensitive and comfort is too inert. I keep on sport, but don't love it.

Steering: 911. We all knew that would be the case.

I'm sure I'm forgetting many things, but these are just a few observations from 2 weeks of ownership on the m4.

Here are some photos of the cars. No pro photos of the M4 just yet.
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      04-27-2021, 12:52 PM   #2
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I normally hate cars in "boring colors" but I'll be damned if white doesn't suit the M4 really well.
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I normally hate cars in "boring colors" but I'll be damned if white doesn't suit the M4 really well.
I agree - the car does seem to look great in white.
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Great choice on the black wheels as it works well with the white. What interior color did you end up getting?
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white with black accents and red brakes looks awesome
nice looking ride
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Congrats!

What parking structure is that? Might have to take my M3 over there after I get it as it looks like it provides some good views for photos.
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Congrats, and nice photos! Red brakes and tint work very well on Alpine White.
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white with black accents and red brakes looks awesome
nice looking ride
That fist pic is great, perfect angle.
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That fist pic is great, perfect angle.
Agreed - I think it accurately represents how this car looks in real life. If you haven't seen one in person and don't like how it looks in that picture, you're unlikely to change your mind when you see it for real.
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I normally hate cars in "boring colors" but I'll be damned if white doesn't suit the M4 really well.
I've seen it in person in alpine white, IOMG, Frozen white, SPY, Brooklyn Grey.

Alpine white hands down. It accentuates it's best exterior feature(all the black).

My M6 was alpine and my i8 frozen mineral white.

So no chance lmao.
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have to ask...what is a Turo PowerHost? Quick google search revealed you rent your car out?
Yes I am a Turo Host and have a few cars available to rent, including the M4 posted here.
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Great choice on the black wheels as it works well with the white. What interior color did you end up getting?
I ended up going with Black interior w/ carbon package. Standard seats. It was a moderately optioned car. Pretty classic spec.
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Congrats!

What parking structure is that? Might have to take my M3 over there after I get it as it looks like it provides some good views for photos.
It's the parking garage at Biltmore Fashion Park.

Pics were taken during that sudden dust storm last week so didn't have much time to get good angles before the dust hit.
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Yes I am a Turo Host and have a few cars available to rent, including the M4 posted here.
Neat! I had never heard of this before.
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Lol It's mostly been a positive experience. When you aim toward the higher end of the market, people have been mostly respectful of the vehicles, especially when they're dealing with a small business owner.
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What parking structure is that? Might have to take my M3 over there after I get it as it looks like it provides some good views for photos.
It's the parking garage at Biltmore Fashion Park.

Pics were taken during that sudden dust storm last week so didn't have much time to get good angles before the dust hit.
Thanks!

I thought for a moment it might have been Fashion Square but then quickly realized the landscape and the color scheme didn't match the FS area.
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Wow this made me REALLY happy with my decision to go with red calipers on my AW G80. Those look great behind the black wheels!
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Wow this made me REALLY happy with my decision to go with red calipers on my AW G80. Those look great behind the black wheels!
I completely agree. The red calipers give it just a touch of color that bring out the design of the wheels a bit better, at least in person. It catches the eyes and draws the attention to the black, which can get a bit drowned out at a casual glance.

You get a sense of how truly white AW actually is against the black trim and carbon roof.
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Congrats!

What parking structure is that? Might have to take my M3 over there after I get it as it looks like it provides some good views for photos.
It's the parking garage at Biltmore Fashion Park.

Pics were taken during that sudden dust storm last week so didn't have much time to get good angles before the dust hit.
Thanks!

I thought for a moment it might have been Fashion Square but then quickly realized the landscape and the color scheme didn't match the FS area.
What part of town are you in?

Fashion Square has a neat garage too but find it's always busy. Not ideal for pics.
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