We can't say with certainty if BMW engineers went out for lunch with their Audi counterparts, if they were the ones driving the A5 Coupe or if the Ingolstadt's model just happened to be in this parking lot, but it sure makes for an interesting matchup seeing it standing right next to the new 4-Series Coupe in these fresh spy shots.
This is the first time that we have captured a prototype of the E92 3-Series Coupe's successor after BMW premiered the 4-Series Concept in Detroit last month.
The fairly light camouflage of the test car allows us to compare it with the concept and from what we can see, the changes are limited to the smaller wheels, the conventional mirrors and the more plainly trimmed front and rear bumpers, though, keep in mind, this is a prototype of the regular model, with the M Sport iterations to boast details that are more athletic.
We'll also note that from some angles, the pronounced front end of the 4-Coupe reminds us of the current generation Z4 roadster.
You probably already know it, but we'll repeat the fact that the 4-Series Coupe shares its underpinnings and engine range with the latest 3-Series models.
Inevitably, these photos will lead to comparisons with the Audi A5 Coupe, which is one of the 4-Series Coupe's main rivals, so don't be shy to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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