Here, in full, are the details for the very stylish BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. When it goes into production it will become the first BMW model to wear 4 Series badging, setting it aside from its 3 Series sibling.
The F32 4 Series will be both wider and longer than the old E92 Coupe. The base dimensions also differ from the F30 3 Series, so there is more than just marketing in the step to 4 Series nomenclature. A wider track, for example, should provide more assured handling and ride comfort.
Yet, it’s the introduction of new visual elements that we are most interested in with this concept model. The headlight design is very cool, and we reckon that should make it to production without too many alterations.
The dramatic lower front spoiler and rear valance, though, we’re not so sure about them. The look suits a concept model, we just wonder how close the production model will be.
BMW fans will be able to get their chance to get up close and personal with the Concept 4 Series Coupe when it debuts at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
There’s over 40 pics for you to admire after the break as well as a pair of press releases for those who want to appreciate the finer points.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. Aesthetics, dynamics, individuality.
BMW presents the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.
Munich. The latest generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible leads the way worldwide in the premium mid-range coupe and convertible market. Indeed few, if any, rivals have made such a defining impact on this segment in terms of design, dynamics and efficiency.
Now, with the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, BMW is looking ahead to the fourth generation of its sporty mid-range coupe â€“ and reasserting its global leadership credentials in the process.
The â€œ4â€ â€“ a sign of greater exclusivity and presence.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe adds a new dimension to the qualities of the BMW 3 Series Coupe in terms of aesthetics, dynamics and elegance.
The â€œ4â€ doesnâ€™t just mark the start of a new cycle, it represents the zenith of a development curve. BMW has given the new model its own individual character and a standalone design â€“ and, in so doing, has turned â€œ4â€ into segment shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal. The latest addition to a nomenclature that sees BMW building on the fine tradition of its large BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes, the â€œ4â€ stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.
The design: a development curve reaches its zenith.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe allows the driver to experience the essence of this new, sporting and elegant generation of car in the lap of contemporary luxury. An array of high-quality details provide an exclusive showcase for the carâ€™s perfectly balanced coupe proportions. Inside, the expertise of BMW Individual, skilled handcraftsmanship and carefully selected materials combine to create a supreme interior. The role of BMW Individual in the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupeâ€™s development clearly underlines the brandâ€™s commitment to challenging itself constantly in pursuit of perfection.
Lower and wider stance sharpens dynamics before a wheel is turned.
The dimensions of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe imbue the car with a dynamic presence even when it is standing still. The wheelbase (2,810 mm) is 50 millimetres longer than that of the existing 3 Series Coupe, while 45 mm has been added to the front track (1,545 mm) and 80 mm to the rear track (1,593 mm). At 1,826 mm wide, the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is 44 mm broader than its predecessor, its roof line is 16 mm lower (1,362 mm) and it is also longer (4,641 mm) â€“ all of which makes for exceptionally dynamic proportions.
Perfection in proportions.
A BMW Coupe is surrounded by a halo of fascination, and one glance tells the observer all he needs to know about the driving experience on offer. The elegant lines and athletic surface interplay of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe embody the qualities and expertise of BMW design and shine out through its sporting silhouette. The carâ€™s proportions also fit the familiar BMW template: its long wheelbase, long sweeping bonnet, set-back passenger compartment and short overhangs propel the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe forwards even before its engine stirs into life. At the same time, its stretched proportions exude a very athletic elegance â€“ the rear wheel arches mark the widest point of the car, emphasising the point â€“ and taut lines and surfaces etch emotion and precision into the body. The Coupeâ€™s sophisticated detailing also captures the imagination on closer inspection. Functional elements such as air intakes and vents, door openers and exterior mirrors are given a stylistic lift by classy satin-finish aluminium accents. The exceptional dedication of the designers in achieving the right look for each particular function is evident in every one of these details.
- BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe (91kb PDF)