Hype is beginning to build for the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe. It’s not as if it needed much hype building, as enthusiasts will naturally be excited for the next-gen sports coupe, but budding spy photos are doing the job anyway. In some new photos, we get to see a camouflaged 4er showing off its curves while on the move at the Nurburgring. (We don’t own the photos but Car and Driver has them) UPDATED: There is a spy video to match these photos posted below

Because BMW peels some of its camouflage away each time we see it, we now get our best look at the new 4 Series. Its design looks very much like a shrunken 8 Series Coupe, especially now that we can see its rear haunches and taillights a bit more. That’s no bad thing, though, as the 8er is a very pretty car. While some enthusiasts might bemoan BMW’s lack of differentiation between models but it’s probably best to look at it as an opportunity to get a similarly beautiful car for less money.

BMW 4 Series Render

Based on its grey mirror caps and trapezoidal exhausts, the car in these photos also seems to be an M Performance model, so likely a BMW M440i. If that’s the case, it will be powered by the same B58 engine as in the M340i and Z4 M40i. So expect 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Again, no bad thing. The B58 engine in the 4 Series’ aforementioned siblings is brilliant. For more on that engine, check out this engine teardown video, which shows just how impressive its engineering really is.

We’re excited about the next-gen BMW 4 Series. The 3 Series is a great sport sedan, one we like very much, and its two-door sibling should be similar. There are whispers around the enthusiast community that claim the next-gen 4er to be more of a smaller GT in the same vein as the 8 Series. We don’t know that for sure, though that does seem to be the case, but that could actually be quite nice.

[Source: Car and Driver]