- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 430 (Est.)
- Torque @ RPM:
- 369 (Est.)
- 0-60 time:
- 4.4 sec.
- Top Speed:
- 155 mph (Est.)
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 S55 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with an output of 415 horsepower, and not 540 horsepower as initially rumored. 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.
Updated 09/25/2013: BMW finally released some general specifications for the new M4 Coupe. Click past the jump to learn them.
gallery: BMW 4 Series Coupe
gallery: BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept
BMW confirmed that the new M4 Coupe will be powered by a newly developed in-line six-cylinder engine that combines "a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology."
Equipped with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, this new engine will deliver approximately 430 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Fuel consumption and emissions were reduced by about 25 percent when compared to the outgoing M3 model.
Thanks to a curb weight kept to under 3,300 pounds, the new M4 Coupe will deliver incredible performance figures. We’re just waiting to learn them!
Each time the BMW M4 Coupe was caught testing, it was heavily camouflaged, but it’s still pretty easy to imagine what it will look like.
It will look a little bit more aggressive than the usual 4 Series, like any other M Series, and will feature the usual M styling elements. We will see a larger air dam and lower bumper; a black kidney grille with an "M4" logo on it; more pronounced front wheel arches; and larger air intakes. On the backside we’ll see an aerodynamically optimized rear apron and the usual M quad tailpipes.
When rendering the upcoming M4 Coupe we started with the base 2013 4 Series Coupe Concept that Bimmer unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. From there, we added the usual M design elements, like the front bumper, LED headlights, a wide track and different side air intake.\
BMW unveiled the Concept M4 Coupe earlier in 2013, and it wore a wonderful shade of yellow — one that we hope makes its way to production. Surprisingly, the Concept M4 looks rather production-like, with an aggressive front apron, large heat extractors behind the front wheels, aggressive side skirts and a stylish rear apron with quad tailpipes and a diffuser.
gallery: BMW Concept M4 Coupe
We are not 100-percent sure on what the M4 will end up looking like; however, unless BMW comes with a miracle, we doubt it will manage to be as sexy as the RS5.
To make matters worse the RS5 has a more powerful 4.2-liter FSI V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 pound-feet available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and goes up to 173.98 mph without the speed limiter.
AMG models are necessarily our favorite performance models, but we have to admit that the C63 AMG Coupe can easily be an exception. Sure, it doesn’t impress us as much as the RS5, but it is still a nice sports coupe.
The C63 AMG is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with a total output of 457 horsepower, which is boosted to 487 horsepower when the AMG performance package is added. The C63 AMG Coupe can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
gallery: Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe
The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing an all-new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this history of success. The “M4” badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model. And for the first time, the Coupe will
be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant, which logic dictates will be christened the BMW M3.
“Four generations of the BMW M3 have blended motor sport genes and uncompromised everyday usability within an emotionally rich overall concept;” explains Dr Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M GmbH. “The BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe represent an ongoing commitment to this philosophy. The engine is the heart of every M model, and the example fitted in the two new cars combines the virtues of a high-revving naturally aspirated unit with the strengths of turbocharger technology. An all-embracing lightweight design concept keeps the cars’ weight to just under 1,500 kilograms. The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most demanding race track – have readied the new models for that transition. Meticulous and passion-fuelled development work has underpinned the creation of two high-performance sports cars that set new standards in terms of overall concept, precision and agility.”
The high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe produces maximum output of approximately 430 hp. Its peak torque soars far beyond 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft), outstripping the figures recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by well over 30 per cent. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent. The weight of the cars has been reduced to just under 1,500 kilograms, which helps to ensure outstanding driving dynamics and exceptional efficiency.