BMW 4 Series Coupe Revealed

Mike Stevens | Dec 6, 2012

Here it is, the long-rumoured 4 Series Coupe. Sure, the badge says it's a concept, but as with the Gran Coupe 'concept' that smoothly morphed into the new 6 Series, we all know better.

BMW isn't pretending otherwise, either. The German carmaker describes the "Concept 4 Series Coupe" as the fourth generation of its popular midsized coupe range.

Never short of a superlative, BMW says it will "reassert its global leadership credentials" with this new model line, the number 4 becoming "market shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal".

In the new 4 Series, BMW continues the themes set out by its E92 predecessor, with the same long bonnet, low swooping glasshouse and short rear deck formula that has made the 3 Series Coupe a strong seller for the prestige marque.

The unveiling of the 4 Series Coupe also quashes rumours the new model would bring a markedly different design to the regular 3 Series range.

Like the 3 Series GT spied this week, the 4 Coupe remains loyal to the style of the 3 Sedan, featuring the same connected grille and headlights design but adding a few tweaks of its own.

There's aggressive new bumpers at both ends, deep side skirts, smoothed-out tail-lights and, as with the GT hatch, a hooked brake vent behind the front wheel arches.

The 4 is also noteably larger than its predecessor, measuring nearly 30mm longer and 44mm wider, while sitting on a 50mm longer wheelbase.

In all, the Coupe measures 4641mm long, 1826mm wide and 1362mm tall - 16mm shorter top-to-bottom than the 3 Coupe. it also boasts a wider track, larger by 45mm at the front (1545mm) and a whopping 80mm at the rear (1593mm).

As for engines, BMW isn't saying - but it is likely that, like the 3 sedan, we can expect a run of turbocharged four-cylinder options and a top-shelf 435i six-cylinder model.

An M4-badged hero should also replace the current M3 Coupe, driven by a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that would replace the current 309kW V8 engine.

A debut for the production version of the 4 Series Coupe is still to be confirmed, but we expect an unveiling at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    2 years ago
    7 likes
    Move over Audi A/S/RS5 we have the most drop-dead gorgeous looking coupe since the original 6 Series.
    • Balthazaaaaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      6 likes
      The S5 is probably still my favourite looking coupe, but there's no doubt here that this 4 Series thing is stunning.

  • Godspeed says,
    2 years ago
    So aggressive!
  • Mo Kargas says,
    2 years ago
    Stunningly beautiful coupe. Can't stop staring at it.
  • Lindsay says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I thought BMW liked to be a leader in visual design?

    That nonsense in the front and rear bumpers has already been done by almost everyone else. And it's ugly.
    • Flash 32 says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      You do realise that the front and rear bumbers that you object to won't actually make production? This is technically a "concept" although everything else will remain the same. It is stunning and makes the E92 look instantly dated, which itself is a good looking car.
    • dayday says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      I don't think the bumpers are gonna stay for production version. It will most likely get something similar to the 6 series, Which is quite nice, I think.
      I think the front bumper is okay, not a big fan for the rear one, But I love everything else!
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    So the M4 will replace the M3? And will there be a 3-Series coupe still?
    • Godspeed says,
      2 years ago
      As far as I know Matt, the 4 Series is now effectively the 3 Series Coupe / Convertible line, and the 3 Series will now only encompass sedan, wagon and GT bodystyles. The 4 Series will thus move further upmarket.

      I believe its still not 100% confirmed yet re: the M model, with the 4 door M3 definitely to be called "M3" but the 2 door version possibly becoming the M4.

      Brings new meaning to us New-South-Welshmen to "Geez he M4 is slow today" and "Whoever built the M4 has rocks in their head". smile
  • WarrenY says,
    2 years ago
    Great to see BMW continuing their post-Bangle recovery!
  • Mick says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Nice about time BMW
  • jmac says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Nice to see a new BMW that doesn't look like a smashed crab.
  • pule says,
    1 year ago
    What a nice version waiting to get one
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