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World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

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BMW 4 Series Coupe The latest generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible leads the way worldwide in the premium mid-range coupe and …

BMW 4 Series Coupe

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.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

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.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Company The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe allows the driver to experience the essence Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft 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.

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.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

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.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Precision and sportiness in the front seats.

Precise contours and multifaceted surfaces define the striking face of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. The hallmark BMW front-end features, notably the kidney grille and twin circular headlights, have a slim, sporty design and ensure the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is immediately recognisable as a BMW. The front-end design displays a clear link with the BMW 3 Series family, but its sporting take on the theme accentuates the dynamic leanings of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

The new concept car lavishes both front-end design icons with meticulous detail and three-dimensional depth. The kidney grille is closed off in the interests of optimising aerodynamics and keeping fuel consumption low, and the areas between the elaborately designed, satin-finish grille slats are blanked off by
dark surfaces.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

The full-LED headlights are a hexagonal, extremely technical-looking take on the customary BMW twin circular design. The dynamically chiselled, slimmer interpretation of this iconic design cue integrates seamlessly into the front end. The design of the headlights adopts the link between the lights and kidney grille familiar from the BMW 3 Series and takes it to the next level, rendering this connection visible in darkness as well. An optical fibre leads out from the inner headlight tube and forms a visual link between the inner headlight and the kidney grille. In so doing, it gives the front end of the Coupe an even broader look.

The most eye-catching feature of the car’s nose beyond the familiar BMW kidney grille and twin circular headlights is the large air intake in the front apron. Its wide opening hints at the extra air required by the powerful engines and guides the eye around to the muscular flared wheel arches. The two vent surrounds on either side of the intake replicate the contours of the hexagonal headlight graphics to lend the front end an even wider and more sporting look. Three strikingly sculptured, satin-finish aluminium trim elements in the intake provide added presence. Eye-catching and extremely width-accentuating, they give the aperture a sporty three-way split. The sides of the two flanking vents are of differing thickness and lend the front end a particularly dynamic appearance. At the same time, they mark off specific areas of the intake for brake and oil cooling and for the Air Curtain. This EfficientDynamics feature channels the incoming air around the outside of the wheels, ensuring the airflow “hugs” the wheel arches and fuel consumption is noticeably reduced as a consequence.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

A side order of power and elegance.

Flowing, typically BMW proportions and a stretched silhouette define the athletically elegant side view of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, with elongated lines and expressively contoured surfaces providing a lively interplay of light and shadow. The gently downward-sloping roofline – a classic coupe feature – creates a smooth transition into the rear, stretches the overall appearance of the car and takes the elegant route to accentuating the sporting appeal of the car’s flanks. The side windows also adhere to the slim and stretched theme. The striking exterior mirrors extend organically out of the shoulderline and provide another example of the eye for detail which allows aerodynamic function to be integrated neatly and with emotional appeal into the car’s form. The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe boasts elegantly moulded shoulders, and surfaces and volumes blend harmoniously as the roof slopes down into the rear. The result is a sporty C-pillar design, which merges flawlessly into the sleek silhouette.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Below the side windows, the “double swage line” familiar from the BMW 3 Series range lends the car a dynamic sense of forward motion. The shadowed surface above the rear wheel shrinks significantly below the swage line. This accentuates the muscular contours around the rear wheels, emphasising the car’s dynamic flair and hallmark BMW rear-wheel drive.

The Air Breather, an aerodynamically effective aperture behind the front wheels, offers another pointer to the sophisticated aerodynamics of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. It draws a dynamic path between the two light surfaces of the car’s flanks, replicating the prominent form of the stylistic front-end elements. The Air Breather brings together the priorities of BMW EfficientDynamics and time-honoured BMW design, and works in tandem with the Air Curtain in the front apron to ensure an effective reduction in drag around the wheels. Exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels add the finishing touches to the car’s dynamically elegant silhouette. Their sophisticated, prominently three-dimensional multi-spoke design underscores their air of sporting elegance.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Broad, sporty stance at the rear.

The sporting character of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe continues in the low-slung design of the rear. The prominent horizontal lines and stretched tail lights positioned at the outer edges of the rear draw extra attention to the muscular wheel arches and wide track. The design of the rear window has a lowering effect on the car’s tail and gives the body as a whole an even more powerful look. It also shows off the car’s broad shoulders with satisfying clarity. The horizontal lines of the rear end frame a subtle three-dimensionality, while a tightly structured concave indent in the rear creates shadowed surfaces and gives the car a forward-surging energy. This contrasting interplay of light and shadow brings extra vivacity to the rear end.

The L-shaped rear lights of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe blend harmoniously into the car’s overall design. They continue the path of the swage line to the side and are absorbed as an integral part of the exterior design. The tail lights taper in towards the centre of the rear end, but flare out powerfully towards the outer edges, underlining the Coupe’s broad, squat stance on the road. The inner elements of the rear lights recall a sculpture of contorted surfaces. A full-sized light element here reproduces the signature BMW “double L” in three-dimensional form and with impressive depth. While the emitting surfaces shine brightly, those at the back are rather darker, rendering the strong sense of three-dimensionality visible when the lights are hot as well.

The most striking element of the rear end is the bumper, in which a clearly defined trim element in satin-finish aluminium provides a classy lower edge as the car drops down towards the road. The trim element adopts a similar three- way split to the front air intake, but in a width-emphasising form. It picks up the two exhaust tailpipes in a dynamic sweep at the outer edges of the rear apron before diverting the gaze to the wheels. Small upturns next to the tailpipes lend additional dynamic flair and finesse.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Interior bathed in subtle beauty.

The interior of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe follows the traditional BMW recipe, blending sportiness and exclusivity stylishly into a single package. The interior wraps around the driver in typically BMW, driver-focused style. The most important controls for driving the car are grouped ergonomically around the driver to ensure all functions are within the easiest possible reach. The “layering” approach – whereby volumes are arranged into layers through the clever use of lines and surfaces – underlines the dynamic feeling inside the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

This dynamic use of lines continues into the door design. All the lines streak backwards towards the rear of the car, thus pulling the focus of the interior clearly towards the front. At the same time, clearly defined surfaces around the window sills and door trim panels converge via the B-pillar into the rear in a tightly structured horizontal movement and connect the front and rear compartments. The arrangement of volumes around the doors, side walls and window sills forms a kind of cocoon around the passengers and generates a sporty and secure sense of space. Added to which, the strong contouring of the rear seats makes them appear like two individual seats joined together, emphasising once again the sporting instincts of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

World Premiere: BMW 4 Series Coupe

Craftsmanship, sustainability and technical refinement.

Developed by BMW Individual, the colour and materials design of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is tailored precisely to the geometry of the interior. The two-tone Black and Schiaparelli Brown trim provides a particularly effective showcase for the interplay of forms in the front cabin, and light contrast stitching adds a fresh touch to the leather-covered surfaces. This exclusive trim consists of sustainably tanned leather, which makes a convincing case for itself with its natural feel and soft texture, as well as the environment-friendly tanning process used to produce it.

The fine detailing of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe exterior is continued inside the car, numerous elements of which reflect the exceptional attention to detail with which the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe has been put together. As well as discreetly embossed “BMW Individual” lettering on the seats and door sill strips, the seats are also home to very special hand-braided leather trim elements, which run vertically down the seats and enhance the interior’s feeling of class. The likewise leather-covered cup holders also adopt the braiding theme, as do the floor mats.

A Natural Chestnut fine wood trim strip adds the finishing touch to the exclusive interior. The combination of carefully selected, high-grade materials, sophisticated details and the extensive use of handcraftsmanship fills the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe with an ambience defined by contemporary luxury. The Liquid Metal Silver exterior colour developed exclusively for the concept car shows off its expressive exterior design to excellent effect and injects an extra dose of energy into the interplay of contours and surfaces.

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  • http://twitter.com/135Misha Misha Nikolich

    This is what BMW design is all about – elegance and sportiness. Wonderful concept.

  • gwgrwg

    bmws concepts always look like the real thing this is a beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Giom

    It seems to have moved quite a few notches upmarket. The way it should be, no doubt. I think it’s very good looking.

  • BMW BEST

    OMG have to admit!!very beautiful!!!

  • ulrichd

    Beautiful design, too bad it’s so big. Every time I see the current 3-series I think it’s a 5er.

  • ///POWER

    Please put the ///M Badge on this PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Jeff

    Ever since Mercedes and Audi started integrating the hofmeister kink in their designs, it makes it harder to differentiate a bmw from them. I can’t say I like the 4 coupe 100% because I’m seeing some C-coupe/A7 cue on the C-pillar. It’s a great proportion overall but i expected bmw designers work harder to create a stronger character.

    • ///MPOWER

      This is a fight for who can be the best “Jeff”, so whatever comes goes!

  • Br

    Hope the real thing won’t look a lot more conservative than this!

  • http://twitter.com/uhn2000 BigK

    Stunning – everything you would want from a BMW.

  • fredyschiftan@aol.com

    WOW !! That is all I can say !!

  • BabkenBMW

    Just looks like a USD150,000 car. BRAVO, BMW!
    So Audi, start copying.

  • Mateo

    they could do something more to the interior since it’s 4er not 3er! but i dont mind since f30 interior is amazing

    • empower

      i was thinking that, its seems the 4gc will have the same which would be a shame and not wise as people moving from the 3 saloon to the 4 gc would not be pleased. yes the individual options are nice but its still the f30 interior

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  • FRED

    is better than i was expecting….is better than m6….i cant imagine the next m3…incredible honestly..good work congrats BMW.

  • FRED

    fuuuuuuuckkk!! what a car!!! is so fuckin beautiful is too much!!…incredible ….what a work BMW …honestly you cross the line…

    • ///MPOWER

      They really did FRED!

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

        One of the best looking BMWs. Can’t wait to chat with the designer.

  • empower

    bmw had the market all to themselves for to long. the audi a5 hit them hard then the c class coupe. once there was one now there are 3. so bmw had to up its game. shame there wont be a 3 coupe like there always has been since the e21. the king is dead long live the king the 4 series is here and is stunning. the current 3 coupe is a great car but it lacked a bit of presents i believe they have addressed the issue bay making it larger and making the c pillar larger.

  • scooternva

    The interior looks like a football. That wide stitching is a-w-f-u-l. And I still can’t stand the awkward front edge of the hood. My eyes want the hood to go all the way to the tops of the headlights and the kidney grille, but instead it stops in a straight line across. Blech.

    Otherwise, very sexxy. Fix the hood and stop making the inside look like a catcher’s mitt, and I’m hooked.

  • idriveeurope

    Hope there’s going to be 4 series grand coupe because that will be my next car.

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  • Tom

    With this car, BMW has crossed the line from sport to “tool”. A larger dose of refinement and restraint would have helped this design.

  • tenrten

    whats with the lower front and lower rear of the car???? HELlo is any one there Hello??!!!

    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      Clearly inspired by the CS concept, I reckon

  • mckillio

    I wonder what the drag coefficient is on this car.

  • KAY

    BMW is the GREATESSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  • bimmer

    Definitely better than what I imagined!

    But why do you say fourth generation? Shouldn’t this be the sixth one?

  • bmwracer

    Great, sleek profile and I’m sure the driving dynamics will be a standard bearer….

    But….

    I don’t like the below bumper treatment or the football brown interior… And the cupholders are laughable

  • kolbasz

    This already destroys the competition, I’m wondering how badass the M-version’ll be look like.

  • ddodo

    bring back 3 series coupe

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  • bund

    I wish the center console was more series 5 and less series 3. the all brown mix isnt helping…wood, leather and the roof are practically the same shade. profile looks great with a hint of maserati at the tip. In fact it looks as high end as a maserati for 1/3 of the price

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  • W0lverin3

    dont like the seat trim designs…. or the way the cupholders look… what were they thinking?? everything else in the car is awesome…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/marco.geraldes Marco André Lopes Geraldes

    Congratulations! The cocept is fantastic.
    I think you guys hit the target, the car is amazing!

  • wowow

    that look so cool

  • Marco Geraldes

    you know what is the biggest disappointment of cars fan?

    the production cars have little of cancepts!

    This concept is fantastic, done!

  • Marco Geraldes

    The price is critical to car’s success!

    not exaggerate like Audi or Mercedes…

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  • SteveE

    A work of art on the outside but who at BMW ever thought that the inside looked cool, its like a womb ! and that braided stuff yuk, this is where germans seriously come off the rails. this person must hold a senior position too I guess, bad taste beyond comprehension- scary !!!

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