In early 2018, a report from mentioned that BMW M might be working on an M4 Gran Coupe based on the next generation 4 Series which is due out this year. In that report, it claimed that a growing demand from American customers for an M4 Gran Coupe has changed BMW’s mind, so to speak.

Fast forward to 2019 and a respectable journalist Georg Kacher of Car Magazine UK says that “according to a source from the BMW M department, in 2020 the M range will include a four-door M4 Gran Coupe, which easily eclipsed a proposal for an M3 Touring in an internal shootout.

No other information is offered at this time but it’s fair to assume that if the M4 Gran Coupe lands on the market it will have the powerplant as the G80 M3 and G82 M4. According to our new information, the upcoming G80 BMW M3 will actually come with two different drivetrain options: one sDrive and one xDrive.

In its standard form, the revised S58 engine will deliver around 475 horsepower and a bit more than 480 lb-ft of torque, an increase over the current M3/M4 models. The G80 M3 sDrive will be available with either a manual gearbox or an automatic, but it remains to be seen if the M4 Gran Coupe will inherit both options as well.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe is due out in 2020, so if indeed approved, the M4 Gran Coupe will join it a few months after. This will be the first time BMW will offer a four-door coupe in its most popular M lineup, but it won’t be the only one in the M family – the M8 Gran Coupe is also out this year, while the M6 Gran Coupe is on its last legs.