Moving away from the M3 badging, the coupe version of the popular M model will be sold under the M4 naming convention. The F82 M4 Coupe is based on the new 4 Series Coupe and it will differentiate itself from the 3 Series family through a sleeker front apron and slightly redesigned headlights. As seen in the rendering below, the coupe roofline gives the car a sleek look which will further differentiate it from the four-door sedan.
The front-end design is said to take its cues from the recently launched M6 with the 1M-like air curtains. The air vents are large in size with angled fins that give the car not only a road-focused look, but also a dominating stance. The M4 Coupe will also get a hood bulge, for both aesthetic and aerodynamic reasons.
As we mentioned several times before, the new M3 and M4 models drop the award-winning V8 engine in favor for an inline-six turbocharged engine with a power output up to 450 hp. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission 7-speed transmission, but we expect to see a manual transmission for U.S. customers.
BMW M CEO, Dr. Nitschke, says that the sporty division’s goal for the iconic M3/M4 was the reduction of weight. Therefore we expect the F82 M3 to be lighter than its predecessor and therefore quicker.
The new M3 will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with sales starting in early 2014.