BMW Unveils Concept 4-Series

By Brandon Turkus

December 06, 2012

The 3-Series coupe is dead. Long live the 4-Series. Like the 6-Series, the 4-Series is just a two-door version of an established sedan, with a few not-so-subtle sheetmetal tweaks. Generally speaking, interior finishes, powertrains, and the like are carryovers.
 
Of course, in typical BMW fashion, this is being called a concept. A look back at past BMW concepts like the Concept Gran Coupe, ActiveE Concept, Concept 6-Series Coupe, and Concept M5 reveals a pretty common theme, which is that “Concept” actually means “greenlight.”
 
So yes, the 4-Series. BMW claims its sportier and more exclusive than the 3-Series, much like the 6-Series is sportier and more exclusive than the 7-Series. We can say we’re quite big fans of the design. It doesn’t look derived strictly from the 3er, but instead has a bit of the 6’s flair. It’s longer and wider than the current 3-Series coupe, while both the front and rear tracks have been increased. It also boasts a lower roofline.
 
We’re expecting to get a closer look at the 4-Series Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which starts in just over a month. One question that remains on our mind is this: with the death of the 3-Series Coupe, where does that leave the M3? Will there be an M4 Coupe and an M3 sedan? Let us know what you think.
 
Please scroll down for the official press release from BMW.
 
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 – and reasserting its global leadership credentials in the process.
 
The “4” – 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 “4” doesn’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 – and, in so doing, has turned “4” 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 “4” 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 car’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 Coupe’s development clearly underlines the brand’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) – 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 car’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 – the rear wheel arches mark the widest point of the car, emphasising the point – and taut lines and surfaces etch emotion and precision into the body. The Coupe’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.