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Watch new BMW M4 owner lose control and narrowly miss disaster [video]

Watch as a new 2015 BMW M4 owner tries to impress onlookers after leaving Cars & Coffee in Blackhawk, CA and narrowly misses hitting a light pole.


When BMW unleashed the new 2015 M4 Coupe with more horsepower and more torque, we knew this was going to be a high-performance sports car that could produce even more impressive power and performance on the street. The new M4 is a track weapon in street clothes. If an average driver gets behind the wheel, he can get in trouble quickly with the M4 in it’s stock form with 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. That’s exactly what happened to this new M4 owner who is showing off his new performance coupe for onlookers.

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As the M4 rounds the corner, the driver mashes the pedal to the floor and the rear tires on the powerful M4 break loose and he immediately drifts to the left and loses control. He narrowly misses hitting a light pole and catapults the performance car into the air and across the median into the oncoming lane of traffic. Luckily on a Sunday morning there was no oncoming traffic and no one is hurt other than the driver’s pride. The driver gets out of the wrong lane, turns left and likely goes to clean out his pants.

Watch what can happen when a new 2015 BMW M4 owner tries to impress onlookers after leaving Cars & Coffee in Blackhawk, CA on Sunday.

This a good example of what can happen to any driver who gets behind the wheel of a true performance car. Even on dry roads in perfect conditions, these street legal M performance cars are designed by BMW as track-capable vehicles. BMW M GmbH employs race-car technologies and then puts them in a daily driver. If you don’t respect their performance capabilities, it can get any driver in trouble very quickly. Luckily, no one was hurt in this incident. It could have been a disaster for this new 2015 BMW M4 owner and anyone in the oncoming lane of traffic.


Mark Day (not verified)    January 6, 2015 - 9:34PM

About the cause of this near-serious accident: just speculation, but.. turbo engines produce non-linear power (i.e., unpredictable). Manufactures are attempting to improve mandated fuel economy and provide high power - with turbos. For safety, eliminate the mandates and turbos.

Sam Smith (not verified)    January 10, 2015 - 10:41AM

In reply to by Mark Day (not verified)

I believe Mark may not be totally off the mark here :-) Turbo charging and automatic transmission (e.g. M DCT in automatic mode) can be a strange combination for a driver who has not yet got used to it. But regardless, this driver in the video should not drive an M4; his attempts to rectify the near-disaster were pretty much non-existent.

Carl (not verified)    January 7, 2015 - 1:46PM

He - or his car, anyway - didn't come away completely unscathed. Pause the video at 9 seconds in and look under the car by the right front tire. There's something hanging down that shouldn't be. It's impossible due to angles to see if it's a piece of trim, maybe a brake line, or something structural, and when he turns left you can't see under the car enough to tell. Beats what happened to the guy with his Hellcat, anyway.