It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the upcoming coupe version of the new generation BMW M4, but our spy photographers have caught the car testing again, and, as you can see, it has started losing more of its camouflage.
Based on the new BMW 4-Series that replaces the old 3-Series coupe, the future M4 will be distinguished by the usual M-design elements: a more aggressive front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intakes and for the rear, an M sports exhaust system. The car will also sit on larger wheels.
Despite expectations, the new M4 will be powered by a S55 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an output of just 415 horsepower - and not 450 horsepower as initially believed.
The new BMW M4 Coupe will be launched a few months, shortly after the 4-Series Coupe arrives on the market in 2013, most likely sometime in early 2014.
The next-generation BMW M3 and the new M4 Coupe will make their world debut later this year, but a leaked BMW vehicle identification number (VIN) revealed pretty much all there is to know about the two new models.
Previous details suggested that the new M3 would get a new six-cylinder engine with an output of at least 450 horsepower, the BMW VIN reveals that the next M3 will get a S55 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an output of just 415 horsepower. That’s not bad, but a little disheartening.
Despite the similar output, it has been reported that the new six-cylinder engine will deliver an extra 100 pound-feet of torque over the current V-8 engine. Same sources reveal that the new-generation M3 will be about 300 pounds lighter than the current generation, translated of course into improved performance figures.
The new BMW M3 will be revealed late in 2013 with first deliveries to be made in June 2014; the M4 is expected a few months later.
Yesterday BMW unveiled the official images of the new 4-Series Coupe Concept and today, based on those images we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming M4 Coupe. We hope you like it!
The BMW M4 will be distinguished by BMW’s usual M-design elements like the more aggressive front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intakes. At the rear you will notice the usual M sports exhaust system and the car will, of course, come with larger wheels.
Under the hood the M4 will drop the V-8 engine used in the M3 Coupe in favor of a new twin-turbocharged inline-six engine with an output of about 450 ponies. This new engine will make the upcoming M4 more powerful and more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.
The new BMW M4 Coupe will be launched a few months after the 4-Series Coupe arrives on the market in 2013. We’ll keep you updated with all of the details once the leaking valve at Bimmer starts flowing M4 details.
Image Note: The Above image is a TopSpeed rendering and is not an official image of the upcoming M4
So far, all we’ve heard about the upcoming BMW M4 Coupe have been rumors, but now the vehicle has finally been caught testing for the first time. As you surely know by now, the upcoming BMW 3-Series will only include the sedan and station wagon models, while the coupe and convertible will be sold as the 4-Series. This means that the M3 will only be offered as a sedan, and if you want to buy a performance coupe or a convertible, you’ll have to buy the M4.
When compared to a standard 4-Series Coupe, the M4 version will get the usual M-design elements like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track, different side air intakes, a sports exhaust system, and larger wheels.
Under the hood, the model will be rid of the current V8 found in the M3 and will benefit from a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine that will deliver about 450 HP. This will make the upcoming M4 both more powerful, as well as more fuel efficient than the current M3 Coupe.
The future of the BMW 3-Series has been altered significantly this past year, with the announcement of a new name for the coupe and convertible versions of the luxury car. From now on, these two variants will be sold under the 4-Series nomenclature, meaning that the M version will be sold as the M4.
We’ve only been able to see some spy shots of the 4-Series Coupe , but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put pen to paper to conjure up the look of the future M4 Coupe. For this we’ve taken BMW’s usual M-design elements like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track, and different side air intakes and added it to the 4-Series images.
What won’t be easily visible in this image is what’s found under the hood. The new BMW M4 will be dropping the usual V-8 engine used in the M3 models and will replace it with a turbocharged inline-six engine with an output of about 450 horsepower. This will allow the M4 to be more powerful and more fuel efficient than the M3.
Expect to see the new BMW M4 a few months after the 4-Series coupe set to be launched in 2013.
Updated 07/18/2012: The upcoming BMW M4 Coupe has been caught testing for the first time.
BMW will be sending its popular sports coupe into its fifth generation in just a few years time and that sendoff will be coming with the usual array of variations, as well as a new hatchback model inspired by the 5-Series GT.
The M3, now the M4, Convertible model will more than likely feature the current BMW’s retracting hardtop which folds away neatly in 22 seconds. The new design, however, will combine elements from the recently launched Z4, 5-Series, and 7-Series. It will be slightly larger in size, but with shorter front and back overhangs and its body will feature a mix of steel and ultra-light carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
As far as powerplants are concerned, the 2014 BMW M3 has seen more than its fair share of rumors. The most interesting speculation is that the future M3 will be powered by a fresh 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine equipped with three turbos – one powered by electricity, rather than the exhaust gases. Its output will be around 450 HP (up from the current output of 420 HP). That rumor was recently shot down and replaced with a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that is currently under development. A source described the new engine "as being heavily differentiated from the company’s existing twin-turbocharged ‘N54’ and twin-scroll turbocharged ‘N55’ 3.0-liter engines." Apparently, the new engine will come with a management system, induction system, cylinder head, pistons, and connecting rods.
Rumors come and go frequently, so chances are we’ll still have to wait a bit to get any official confirmation of BMW’s engine choice.