New speculative renderings of the equally speculative BMW M4 have surfaced on the interwebs.
In 2014, BMW will bring to market the coupe variant of the popular M3. As we mentioned several times in the past, sources close to BMW say that the company is still toying with the idea of rebadging the M3 Coupe as the M4. While the M3 sedan will carry the internal code F80, the M4 coupe takes on the F82 internal designation.
The design of the 2014 BMW M4 Coupe will build atop the upcoming 4 Series, due out in 2013. The M version of the popular coupe will incorporate the typical M design cues, both on the inside and outside, with the typical wide track, an M front bumper, full LED headlights, and the signature four exhaust pipes at the rear.
Onto the powerplant now, same debate: new, revolutionary V6 engine vs. inline-six turbocharged unit. We went back and forth over the last few months on what the final choice may be, and reports from our sources are still conflicting with each other. Latest one from another source brings back the idea of a V6.
Car and Drivers said recently that the new V6 will be the first to mount its two twin-scroll turbochargers within the vee-angle, mirroring the company’s 4.4-liter V8 design. The This unique-to-BMW approach reduces the length of the inlet tract compared with a regular turbo-vee setup, helping to sharpen throttle response and minimizing heat buildup after air passes through the intercooler. A 60-degree V6 will also offer the best balance, but a 90-degree angle is needed to fit the two turbos.”
Albert Biermann, head of product development at M, states that the new M3 or M4 will not have torque vectoring; instead, look for an electronically controlled differential as found in the M5.
In the mean time, let’s focus on the design and have a look at these renderings.