BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4

Meet the BMW 4 Series; it’s what the coupé and convertible versions of the 3 Series will be known as from now on. This naming structure will also apply to the M derivative, which loses the famed M3 title in favour of M4 nomenclature.

It’s been rumoured for a while, but now BMW has confirmed that the three-door versions of its most popular model will be renamed 4 Series to differentiate their more sporting character – mirroring the role the 6 and 8 Series have traditionally played to their 5 and 7 Series brethren.

The new 4 Series concept is wider, longer and lower than the previous generation 3 Series coupé. It carries over the basic design language of the current F30 3 Series, but has been aesthetically tweaked for a more purposeful appearance. The new LED headlights, for example, incorporate an angular take on the recognisable ‘angel-eye’ graphic and the link to the kidney grille can now be seen at night, all while retaining the familiar face of the saloon.

 

BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4
BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4

The muscular styling and gaping air intakes hint at the styling of the M4, set to arrive in 2014 with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and somewhere in the region of 450bhp. More modest versions are likely to receive pared-down styling, as well as an engine range which reflects that available in the current 3 Series. There’s also the choice between a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic, while some markets will be given the option of all-wheel drive.

 

 

BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4
BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4

Next year will see the unveiling of the 4 Series in production guise; sales will commence in the last quarter of 2013.

 

 

BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4
BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4BMW 4 Series Coupé concept: 3 + 2 (doors) = 4


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