Just a few months ago, some online outlets were reporting on the BMW M4 Gran Coupe coming this fall. The “facts” were based off the misinterpretation of a statement by Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, during a press conference.
At the Australian launch of the new M3 and M4 models, BMW’s M sales boss Jörg Bartels confirmed the decision not to build an M version of the recently launched 4 Series Gran Coupe.
“That is a negative. It was definitely considered, but there is no plan to build an M4 Gran Coupe. Part of the reason is expected production volume, but also the 4 Series Gran Coupe is built in a different factory to both the 3 Series (sedan) and 4 Series (coupe), so there is a lot of challenges there.”
The F30 3 Series sedan and new F80 M3 sedan are built in BMW’s Regensburg facility, and the F32 4 Series coupe and F82 M4 are built in the Munich plant, whereas the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe is sourced from the Dingolfing factory.
BMW-rival Audi has made similar decisions with its RS4 and RS5 models, with the A5 coupe and convertible getting the RS performance treatment to create RS5 models, along with the A4 Avant to create the RS4, but the A5 Sportback and A4 sedan have been excluded from the current RS models.