Here’s the best look yet at the newbmw two-door
IT’S a concept but not as weknow it. BMW’s Concept 4 Series Coupe is as close to a production vehicle as you’ll see.
Beemer badly needs this car, due here in the third quarter of next year, to stave off the MercedesBenz C-Class coupe. It promises more for less in terms of features and driving dynamics.
The 4 Series name reflects the change in BMW’s approach to naming, much as the 6 Series is based on the 5 Series sedan. The concept is longer and wider than the 3 Series coupe it replaces, while sitting16mmlower to reflect its sportiness.
Front-on it looks far meaner than the still-new 3 Series sedan, thanks to a stretched design that extends to the grille and headlamps. Side-on, it has a dramatically raked roofline and the lower section of the doors are scalloped, the result of wind tunnel tests to improve aerodynamics and cut fuel use.
L-shaped tail-lights flare out towards the car’s flanks to enhance its squat rear end and tie in the character lines running down the coupe’s sides. The engine line-up is expected to follow the F30 sedan’s range and an M3variant will come after the concept’s debut at next month’s Detroit motor show.
BMWspokesman Piers Scott says the concept gives an impression of the successor to today’s 3 Series coupe.
‘‘TheBMWConcept 4 Series Coupe perfectly blends the classical features of aBMWcoupe with the new design characteristics and philosophy of theBMW brand,’’ he says.
‘‘The establishment of a BMW4 Series badge is evidence of a stronger differentiation from the 3 Series range, starting with the coupe.
‘‘The current generation BMW3 Series Coupe and Convertible were the worldwide segment leaders in 2011 andwehave every reason to believe their successor models will continue that success.’’