Today, BMW steps into a new segment where the differentiation between similar vehicles are made at the numbering level. Following Audi’s steps, BMW splits the 3 Series family into separate offerings: the 3 Series Sedan and sports wagon remains under the old nomenclature, while the coupe and convertible variants get a new name – 4 Series.
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 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.
In the photo comparison below, the 4 Series takes on the aforementioned Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.
The Audi A5 starts at $37,850 with a 211 hp 2.0 turbo TFSI motor and quattro all-wheel drive but can be
optioned all the way to a RS5 450-horsepower version that has a 0-60 mph of 4.5 sec and a top speed of 174 mph. The RS5 starts a $69,975 and is targeted at BMW’s M version of the 4 Series, M4, that will come to market in 2014.
The C-Class Coupes – the C250, C350, and C63 AMG Coupe has an MSRP which ranges from $37,800 for the C250 Coupe that comes with a 1.8L turbo charged 4 cylinder with 201 horsepower, all the way to a MSRP of $62,330 for a normally aspirated 6.3L AMG V8 that produces 451 hp, 443 lb-ft of Torque.
Visually all these competing models have a certain appeal that can and are catering to a wide range of customers, some may enjoy the sportiness and dynamics of the 4 Series (just in concept form for now) or the fluid lines and interior luxury of the A5 and the classic design of the C-Class Coupe.
We put together a photo gallery that visually compares these three models. As always, we are offering you the option to vote on the best side and we encourage you to tell us your thoughts in the comments box below.