Under the skin
WHAT IS IT? BMWM4 WHY THE FUSS? Hot new coupe WHEN’S IT HERE? Later this year HOWMUCH? Same price
THE new name game at BMW has not changed the focus for its sporting coupes and convertibles and this M4 proves it. It is being tested at the Nurburgring just as official pictures of the regular 4 Series coupe go public. Carparazzi sources say it will continue with a six-cylinder engine but boosted by up to three turbochargers for maximum go.
Surely the new-new Mini cannot be far away, as the car is clearly finished and ready to rock. The body is finished and only the swirly camouflage is protecting the final details on a car that is longer and wider with a longer bonnet and slimmer windscreen pillars.
VW’s next update of the full-sized SUV is not scheduled until next year but work is already under way. The bra masking at each end points to a minor body update but there is the promise of more powerful diesel engines and a big update to the car’s infotainment and driverassistance systems.
A drop-top version of Aston Martin’s latest V12 hero car, the Vanquish, is being tweaked at the Nurburging before it follows the coupe on to the world’s roads. It’s mechanically identical, apart from Aston’s usual folding canvas top, and it is expected to go public at the Frankfurt motor show in September.