BMW is content with a standard Level 2 autonomous system — not pushing the envelope (for now) like Tesla and its ambitious Autopilot system. Tesla’s cutting-edge tech has wowed a new-gen of luxury buyers and helped establish its status above Bimmer in this high-tech state. Autopilot might have helped us as we approached one of California’s sudden four-lane traffic pile ups. The BMW’s system was unable to stop in time, and I had to take over to avoid the car in front of me as I slammed on the brakes.
We arrived at Laguna and I immediately headed to the legendary Corkscrew turn at the track’s summit. The view is spectacular and made for lovely pics of the green BMW against the painted-perfect blue sky.
Our visit coincided with a track day organized by On Track, and the event had attracted the cream of the performance crop: Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 911 and Boxster, Tesla Model S, Mazda Miata. But I didn’t see any new M3s or M4 — only current M2s and older M3s.
Right on brand for the new M lineup.
2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible
Vehicle type: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive, four-passenger sports car
Price: $87,295, including $995 destination fee ($104,295 as tested)
Powerplant: 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-6 cylinder
Power: 503 horsepower, 479 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic