BMW lifted the veils of its brand-new M4 Coupe, the successor to the outgoing M3 Coupe, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. In true BMW fashion, the car is presented as a concept, but it is very much production ready.
The Concept M4 Coupe is featured in a special color called “Aurum Dust”, exclusively developed for this model, and an aggressive bodykit worthy of an M vehicle. Although similar to the one seen on the 4-Series M Performance, the aero kit is a bit more aggressive, featuring large air inlets in the front bumper, a more “exaggerated” bonnet, bigger side sills on the front fenders and a different layout of the rear bumper including four exhaust pipes.
An attentive eye will spot even more differences, such as the flattened twin round LED headlamps and the BMW M double bar kidney grille, with the bars imitating the M double spoke design of the BMW M wheels. As all recent M vehicles, the M4 badge sits on the kidney grille and the boot. At the rear there’s also a spoiler lip integrated into the trunk lid which helps downforce.
The M gills incorporate the Air Breather, which together with the Air Curtain within the front apron helps ventilate the wheel arches and get better airflow values. The showcar rides on 20-inch bicolored M light alloys with the typical M double spoke design and has ceramic brakes.
The Concept M4 Coupe has several body parts made of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastics) including the front splitter, the roof and the rear diffuser. While Unfortunately, BMW has kept the technical package a secret for now but will most likely reveal it at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. What’s certain is that the M4 Coupe and the M3 Sedan will ditch the V8 engine in favor of a brand new twin (or tri) turbocharged straight-six engine that is expected to develop at least the same power as the V8 (rated at 414 hp/420PS).
By Dan Mihalascu