Artist Sketch: BMW M4

Rumors | July 17th, 2012 by 18
7538411180 cf5e13edc0 o 750x500 Artist Sketch: BMW M4

Roger Lighterness, our usual rendering artist here at BMWBLOG, is presenting his latest design sketch that illustrates the new BMW M4 Coupe. Due out in …

Roger Lighterness, our usual rendering artist here at BMWBLOG, is presenting his latest design sketch that illustrates the new BMW M4 Coupe.

Due out in 2014, the M version of the 3 Series Coupe (and future 4 Series) gets a new moniker: M4. The iconic coupe will sport the usual M design cues: wide track, M front bumper with large air intakes, large brakes, signature four exhaust pipes and side gills.

Under the hood, the M3 and M4 variants will be powered by an inline-six turbo unit that is likely to produce around 450 horsepower. It remains unknown if BMW will offer a 3.0 or 3.2 liter displacement.

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The engine is expected to be mated to a dual-clutch transmission, but we won’t be surprised if a manual box will be offered for the U.S. customers. Some of the new features in the next M3 and M4 include an electronically controlled differential as found in the M5.

U.S. customers will have a choice between three variants: sedan, coupe and convertible. When it goes on sale in 2014, the M4 is expected to be priced slightly higher than the current generation E92, but to include more standard features.

  • RacecarBMW

    Is it for sure going to be called the M4?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      So I was told.

      • OctavioA

        I hope BMW doesn’t pick the M4 name as a replacement for the M3, specially for the coupe. There is a lot of history, branding and marketing investment behind the M3 to replace it with M4, again, specially for the coupe which was the platform that started it all with the E30 M3.

        Who knows what the marketing “geniuses” at BMW AG are saying to justify a name change which has clearly worked through out the years…

    • Alex

      I believe the M3 DTM is somewhat of a hint towards that this isn’t true, seeing as the DTM is a two door vehicle. I think the DTM also hints at the slightly different front end of the coupe variant. The “4 series” idea was to go along with how Audi and Mercedes are doing it (A4 is four doors, A5 is two doors, C is four doors, CL is two doors) in order to make it more distinguishable to the consumers. But I think everyone has become so accustomed to how it already is, I don’t believe it would be a good idea to change it. If I remember correctly they attempted to do this with the introduction of the E92 but it didn’t go through.

  • Faust

    This is pretty close I believe. The shape is spot on. Maybe the headlights and grill will differ slightly but the car shape is spot on.

  • Engineer

    It looks like the current honda accord coupe.. Wtf

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