Dec 06

BMW 4 Series

The new BMW 4 Series is a nice fresh start for the coupes and convertibles of BMW’s mid sized line up. In case you haven’t heard now all 3 series coupes and convertibles will be called the 4 series, keeping sedans for the 3 series. This follows the 5/6 series nomenclature. I think what is more important here then the name is the style. BMW for a long time now has been making boring bland cars, but I think they’ve hit a home run with the 4 series. Let us know what you think.

We don’t know a whole lot of details but there is a press release after the jump as well as several more pictures and a wallpaper. What we do know is the new 4 series is lower wider and will be available next year.

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.
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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.

1 comment

  1. Chris B.

    I agree with the comment that lately BMW’s styling has felt lackluster. However, I feel that the “Joker” smile on the front bumper is a huge styling mistake. The headlights look awfully aggressive as well. Humans are great at recognizing human faces, and when we look at the front of a car, it generally becomes personified. In this case, looking at the new 4 series, I see either an angry idiot or a crazed murderer staring back at me. I like tough styling, but not homicidal styling.

    That being said, the side shots look great… because they remind me of an Audi. The new side vents are also interesting.

    My initial impression is not good, but perhaps with time the 4 series will grow on me. After all, I used to think Audis were ugly, but nowadays I think they look the best of the German luxury cars. Maybe photos don’t do the 4 series justice.

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