2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Horsepower @ RPM:240 @ 5000
Torque @ RPM:255 @ 1250
0-60 time:5.7 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:155 mph
Now that we have finally seen the next-generation BMW 3 Series, it’s time to focus on the coupe version of the model, AKA the 4 Series Coupe. First details on the new 4 Series Coupe have just been released and the production will start in July 2013.
When thinking about the new 4 Series Coupe, think of it as a small 6 Series with design elements inspired by the 3 Series sedan. When compared to the model it replaces, the 4 Series Coupe is larger in width and wheelbase and sits considerably lower to the road.
Everything else on the new 4 Series Coupe is clearly inspired by the 3 Series sedan, including the double-kidney grille, headlights and engine lineup.
The 4 Series Coupe will be followed by a convertible model shortly.
Update 06/14/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Update 07/01/2013: BMW has dropped a first product film video for the new 4-Series Coupe, showing the car in action in some engaging surroundings. Enjoy!
Update 07/09/2013: BMW U.S.A. dropped the official configurator for the new 4 Series Coupe. You can go online and play, and also create the sports coupe of your dreams. You can also click past the jump and learn prices for the packages and options.
Click past the jump to read more about the new BMW 4 Series Coupe.
Latest BMW 4 Series news and reviews:
It Almost Seems Like BMW’s Design Boss Is Trying to Justify His Job Amid Big Grille Criticism
It is no secret that BMW’s decision to enlarge the front grille of its 4 Series (and M3 and M4, for good measure) has been receiving a lot of criticism from fans and potential customers. In fact, the decision has prompted tuners to come up with conversions that take the grille to a more bearable design, yet BMW continues to defend this polarizing styling cue.
2021 BMW 4 Series by AC Schnitzer
AC Schnitzer has released its new tuning program for the G22-generation of the BMW 4 Series Coupe. A slew of aerodynamic panels is part of the new tuning package. When installed, they make the 4 Series look sportier and more aggressive-looking than it already is. Engine upgrade programs are also available for the 420i, 430i, and M440i xDrive variants of the 4 Series. No word yet on pricing, but the cost will depend on the kind of upgrades that you get for your 4 Series Coupe.
BMW Now Offers A Carbon Fiber Roof on the 3 Series and 4 Series
BMW announced a series of new features and drivetrains for the 3 Series and 4 Series models, including an optional M Carbon roof. Previously offered only on the range-topping M3 and M4 models, the carbon-fiber roof is no offered on lower-tier versions of the compact. Specifically, you can order it on the gas-powered M340i xDrive and M440i xDrive, as well as on the diesel-fed M340d xDrive and M440d xDrive variants.
BMW Made the 4 Series Ugly Because It’s Okay With You Making It Look Better
It’s been a while since the 4 Series was launched and understandably, some people haven’t been able to get over its looks - yeah, we’re looking at you, bucktooth grille. BMW, on the other hand, seems to have accepted the 4er’s polarizing nature and has no problem whatsoever if customers modify the coupe’s front design.
2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
The new BMW 4 Series is already a fact. With the coupe and convertible versions being introduced, the new Gran Coupe is ready to make an appearance as well, thus expanding the 4 Series family.
BMW has always been a competitive brand across the board. That said, BMW came late to the four-door coupe party. A segment that has become rather competitive over the last decade. Although the Bavarian brand was beaten to the four-door coupe party, it eventually managed to regroup and now they have four different four-door coupes in their lineup. But has the new 4 Series still have what it takes to play the game?
2021 BMW 4 Series Track Review: Sharper Than Ever
The first-generation 4 Series still looks good to this day. It’s even better to drive, thanks in particular to the 50:50 weight distribution between the two axles and BMW’s affinity for a driver-centric experience - and by that, I don’t mean just the fact that the cockpit points every button, knob, or screen at whoever is sitting behind the wheel.
That genuine appetite for spirited driving is still present in the new 2021 BMW 4 Series, albeit wrapped up in a polarizing package. What I’m really trying to say is that this book should under no circumstances be judged by its cover. That would be a mistake.
BMW Chops Off the 4 Series’ Roof and Makes It the 2021 4 Series Convertible
Whatever trace of summer we have left is beginning to fade away but BMW can’t be bothered. Munich has just introduced the second-generation 4 Series Convertible and before you start looking for an answer to the question ‘why now?’, know that it will only go on sale in March 2021, just in time for a new sunny season.
The U.S. gets four variants at launch: 430i, 430i xDrive, M440i, and M440i xDrive. Scroll down for a better look at the 2021 4 Series Convertible.
BMW’s Big, Controversial Grille Will End Up Being a 4 Series Exclusive
The latest BMW 4 Series was unveiled earlier in June 2020, and the only thing everyone is still talking about is the coupe’s front grille. Unlike other modern BMW’s, the 4 Series sports a taller kidney grille that extends into the bumper. This feature is taken from the BMW Concept 4, and it’s a highly controversial element. While many BMW enthusiasts hate it to death, others think that it’s a cool design feature that helps the 4 Series stand out. BMW is aware of that and finally decided to answer the big question: will this grille make it on other models? In short, it won’t!
The Rendering of the BMW M440i Most Wanted Has Need For Speed Written All Over It
Still not a fan of the latest 4 Series? Is that big kidney grille annoying? Well, maybe this rendering from X-Tomi Design will change your mind. Although it retains the 4 Series’ main features, including the controversial grille, it adds a new spin with add-ons and a livery inspired by the already legendary Need for Speed: Most Wanted video game.
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Powertrain and Performance Explained
BMW has finally launched the next-gen, 2021 BMW 4 Series, and with it comes BMW’s new (and massively large) kidney grilles, a new sporty yet muscular appearance, and a revised interior that pushes the 4 Series into the next level of evolution. But, is that new, muscular and sporty look justified by what’s going on under the hood? Well, BMW has revealed almost the entire coupe lineup, save for the full-on M4, so let’s take a closer look at your engine and performance choices.
The 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Is Here And BMW Still Fails To Justify Its Ugly Face
Ever since the 2019 4 Series Concept made its debut, BMW’s new design language – namely the massive, vertically oriented kidney grilles – has been a frequent topic of conversation. Now, the 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe with that very same grille design and, while the design does seem to fit decently with the overall design of the M440i, it looks a little out of place on the lesser models. Outside of BMW essentially saying it doesn’t care what anyone thinks about the new design – it’s here to stay – the company is still trying to justify the design. The latest reasoning behind that grille almost holds water until you look a little closer.
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé - Everything You Need to Know
This is it, ladies and gentlemen: the new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé, scheduled to make its market debut in October 2020. And here’s all the essential info about it because, let’s face it, there’s more to it than that gaping front grille we’ve seen in so many leaks prior to this official unveil.
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé
Remember the excessively polarizing BMW Concept 4 shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, some of its distinctive styling cues are bound to be trickled down to the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupé and we’ve already seen pics that suggest the oversized kidney grille is one such element.
Although we’ll have to wait a while to see the new 4 Series take a bow, our spy photographers caught a heavily camouflaged test mule and managed to sneak inside for a couple of interior shots. Read all about it and more in the in-depth review below.
Update 4/28/2020: The BMW 4 Series Coupe was spotted testing the the wild once again, this time with much less camo and padding. Check it out in all its glory in the Spy Shots section below!
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 12/30/2019: The BMW 4 Series Convertible was caught on the back of a transport on the way to some final testing before its big debut. Check out the latest pictures in our “Spy Shots” section below.
Is this the Front of the New BMW 4 Series?
BMW shocked the automotive world at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it debuted the Concept 4, a preview for the next-generation 4 Series (and its high-performance M4 sibling). The reason for that is the massive double kidney grille that occupies almost half of the coupe’s front fascia. About a month later and it’s confirmed that the production model will have a similar grille.
BMW is Sticking With the Concept 4’s Ridiculous Grille
By now, you’ve surely seen all the hatred plastered across the internet over the Concept 4’s big, ridiculous grille. And, it’s not surprising since BMW has already said that this concept previews its design language for the next-gen 4 Series and, potentially, other models as well. Despite all the negativity after the Concept 4’s debut, BMW refuses to step back and will instead move forward with it regardless of what you, I, or even its most loyal fans and customers think.
Imagine, if you will, that you have a crystal ball and within that ball, you can see BMW’s future. What do you see 5 years from now? 10 years from now? 20 years from now? Do you see crazy sports cars, an allotment of high-spend luxury cars, or a simple evolution of the cars the brand offers today? Well, if you look at the BMW Concept 4, the what you should be seeing is grille….lots and lots of big grilles. After all, that has been the most controversial thing about the new Concept 4, a model that’s said to represent, at least in some form, the next-gen 4 Series. That means other models, should this grille find its way to the next-gen 4 Series, could feature a similar look down the road as well. For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Concept 4 and see what more there is to it outside of that massive grille.
A New Rendering Hints at What the Next-Gen BMW 4 Series Cabrio Could Look Like
BMW is heavily involved at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with several models making their debuts at the show. The German automaker also brought a concept model to the show, specifically the Concept 4. It’s been established that the Concept 4 isn’t an outlandish concept as much as it is an actual preview of the next-generation 4 Series, as well as future versions of the M3 and M4. Part of that future, at least as far as the next-gen 4 Series is concerned, is the BMW 4 Series Convertible.
We didn’t get to see a roofless version of the Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but thanks to car artist X-Tomi Design, we don’t have to imagine what that concept could look like if BMW actually made it. This is X-Tomi Design’s rendering of what could be the next-generation BMW 4 Series Convertible. In so many words, the rendering is equal parts intriguing and, well, cringe-worthy.
Is BMW Preparing to Move Even Further Away From the Manual Transmission?
If you are a stick-shift lover, proceed with caution. We heard some news that is not yet official and we sincerely hope it is just a baseless rumor. Blame the reduced demand for this, but according to Bimmertoday, BMW is planning to eradicate manual transmissions from even more of its models. Is there any reason to live in this world anymore?
How usable is the back seat of small luxury coupes?
All sub-$50,000 luxury grand touring coupes these days have a seating capacity of four, which means they can theoretically carry two additional people in the rear. The manufacturers usually show a smiling young couple blasting through the countryside in the press photos, and rarely, if ever, four people having a blast. In fact, you wouldn’t even know there were people in the back of most of the cars on the list below.
There are five names on it: the names of the five most important models in the segment and the purpose is to compare their ability to cosset rear occupants... or not, as the case may be. Spoiler alert, none of them are particularly apt at doing it, even though they do have actual full-sized back seats, but if you were to pick yours based on this alone, this is how they stack up - I’ve arranged them in order from least to most spacious.
10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs
Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?
To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.
So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.
Check Out this Cool Acceleration Test Between a BMW 440i Gran Coupe and an Audi S5 Sportback
Our friends at AutoTopNL are back at it again, this time testing out some of Germany’s top four-door coupe’s in a battle of straight-line speed. Taking up the gauntlet this time around is the BMW 440i Gran Coupe xDrive and Audi S5 Sportback Quattro. Who will come out on top?
This Rendering of the 2020 BMW 4 Series with 3 Series Styling Gives a Glimpse Into the Future
We enthusiasts are hungry people. Even greedy at times. Now that the new BMW 3 Series has finally been revealed, we can begin speculating about the 4 Series and the updates it will receive. BMW is already working on the new 4 Series, as spy shots of the 4 Series convertible with a soft top in heavy camouflage were captured. Even though they hardly revealed anything, it was enough to conclude that there will be a lot design-sharing with the 3 Series. However, now we have a rendering of the hard-top coupe, and we must say it looks delicious.
The 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible Could Have a Folding Softtop
The new BMW 3 Series and the new BMW 4 Series are on the verge of being unveiled. We will see the 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show in October, but it may be that BMW reveals its one number bigger, two doors lesser brother too. While many say that the new 3 Series is shaping up to be the best compact executive sedan, talks about the 4 Series haven’t been exactly fruitious. Yet, only days ago, spy photographers did catch a glimpse of what is definitely shaping up to be the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. While we did know that BMW will definitely offer a car like this, the thing is that the spied model actually had a soft top roof. Not a hard top as with previous two generations of a car.
Video of the Day: The Scotland Colors, Courtesy of BMW
I’ve been to Scotland, and I can attest with full certainty that it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Granted, I’ve haven’t been to every country in the world, but I’ve been to a fair share of them. As far as picturesque landscapes and jaw-dropping sceneries are concerned, there’s Scotland, and there’s everybody else. I say that because I was drawn back to my time in the country upon watching this short film that BMW helped support. It’s a film presented to us by Stanislav Cociorva and Ecaterina Cernei, a self-described creative couple who own and operate the “Traveller’s Tales” YouTube page.
2018 BMW 4 Series Convertible
The BMW 4 Series made its global debut in 2013, right after the German brand decided to split the two- and four-door versions of the 3 Series into different nameplates. While the 3 Series kept the sedan body style, the coupe and convertible were rebadged as 4 Series models. Despite the different name, the 3 Series and 4 Series shared everything from platform and drivetrains to exterior design and interior features. Come 2017 and BMW launched mid-cycle facelifts for the entire range, including the 4 Series Convertible.
After nearly three successful years on the market against dated competition from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the 4 Series Convertible finally has something to worry about. With Mercedes-Benz and Audi having introduced redesigned versions of the C-Class Cabriolet and A5 Cabriolet, the Bimmer will have a hard time until a new-generation model is designed. However, the facelift brings a few updates inside and out that might keep BMW enthusiasts coming into dealerships for a few more years.
Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible.
2017 Alpina B4 S Biturbo
When you line up the number of tuning firms who specialize on BMWs, you’ll inevitably come across Alpina, which technically started as an aftermarket company before turning into a manufacturer of its own after years of close ties with BMW. In fact, Alpina and BMW have become partners of sorts since most of the former’s models are integrated into the latter’s production lines, including the Alpina B7, which rolls from the same facility as the BMW 7 Series. That’s how far this relationship has come, and the German Ministry of Transport even recognizes it as such, designating Alpina as an automaker instead of an aftermarket specialist.
History lesson aside, Alpina is headed to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with a number of its latest creations, one of which is the B4 S Biturbo, an interpretation of the 4 Series according to the specifications of Alpina. Like most models to come out of Alpina, the B4 S Biturbo is technically a 4 Series, and the process by which Alpina uses to create the car isn’t too different from what expert BMW tuners like AC Schnitzer do. So while it is technically an automaker, Alpina’s methods are still closer to AC Schnitzer than it is to BMW, hence the approach we’ve taken here.
The car itself is what you’d come to expect from Alpina. Like the B7 before it, the B4 S Biturbo is loaded with upgrades on all sections of the car, right down to the aerodynamic body kit and the engine upgrade that puts the B4 S Turbo’s power right up there with the BMW M4.
All told, the B4 S Biturbo is a car that’s worth our attention, not only because it’s an Alpina-badged model that’s based on the BMW 4 Series, but more importantly, because it checks off a lot of boxes on what we’d like to see the aftermarket world do to the 4 Series in the first place.
Continue after the jump to read more about the Alpina B4 S Biturbo.
2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
The BMW 4 Series just received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2018 model year, an update that also brought a similar refresh for the Gran Coupe model. Introduced in 2014, one year after the 3 Series Coupe became the 4 Series, the Gran Coupe gave BMW access to a new segment of compact four-door coupes. One of BMW’s weirdest offerings, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is essentially a four-door version of the 4 Series coupe, which in turn is based on the 3 Series sedan.
Part of a recent lineup of niche models that also includes the 3 Series GT, 5 Series GT, and 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe competes against the Audi A5 Sportback. The latter was redesigned for the 2017 model year, which makes BMW’s facelift a welcomed upgrade to a vehicle that’s already three years old. The revisions are pretty much similar to the two-door 4 Series and includes minor nips and tucks on the outside, new technology, and small upgrades in the drivetrain department.
Will it be enough to keep the Gran Coupe afloat next to the new A5 Sportback? It’s too early to tell since Audi has yet to bring its four-door coupe Stateside, but the two should clash on public roads by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated 4 Series Gran Coupe has to offer in the review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
2018 BMW 4 Series Coupe
BMW introduced the 4 Series Coupe back in January of 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. At the time, this compact executive two-door was slated as a replacement for the outgoing 3 Series Coupe, given the brand’s decision to split the model line into two separate iterations, with the 3 taking up four-door duty, and the 4 going two-door. While the 4 Series comes with an interior and exterior that’s similar to the current sixth-gen F30 3 Series, the 4 Series is also outfitted with a longer, wider body, and marketed as a sportier alternative. Initially offered exclusively as the F32 coupe, the 4 Series gained the F33 two-door convertible and F36 Gran Coupe five-door liftback body styles a year later. So far, the model has sold well, moving roughly 400,000 units worldwide since its launch. Most of those sales have been in the U.S., with the U.K. and Germany also scooping up their respective fair shares. Now, the Bavarians have decided to give the 4 Series an update, and the Coupe variant gains new styling and tweaked suspension.
The rest of the package is more or less unchanged from the 2017 model year, with a ton of opportunities on the table for customization of the interior and exterior, as well as a variety of drivetrain and powertrain options (especially for those customers located across the pond).
“The maxim guiding the BMW 4 Series model update was ‘stick to the proven formula but add extra richness to the cars’ character’,” says Domagoj Dukec, Head of Exterior Design at BMW Automobiles.
And why not? With sales up, it makes sense to stay hands off with the thing, especially when you consider a complete overhaul is imminent with the arrival of the next-gen 4 Series in a just a few years’ time
But what about the 2018 model year? Is it worth a look, or should you wait for the second generation? Read on to find out all the specifics.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 4 Series Coupe.
BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates
Prior to 2012, the 3 Series included the sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, but when BMW introduced the F30/F31-generation 3 Series, it decided to follow Audi’s footsteps and separate the 3 Series sedan from the coupe and cabriolet and began producing those body styles under the 4 Series name. With the 4 Series Coupe and Cabriolet models being introduced for the 2014 model year, it might be a little surprising to see that BMW has already given the baby of the BMW family a facelift, but for the 2017 model year (2018 model year for the U.S.,) BMW has taken the liberty of updating the sporty coupe with new looks, better technology, and even some powertrain and suspension updates to keep it fresh through the turn of the decade. Highlights include new LED exterior lights, a new front fascia, a new navigation system and instrument cluster, and some new color options inside and out.
The updated 4 Series will be available in a total of 31 different setups with a total of six different trim levels ranging from the entry-level 420i all the way up to the BMW 440i on the gasoline front and from the 420d up to the 435d xDrive for those of you who prefer oil burners. Few technical specifications for the various engines available have yet to be announced, but we know that the 420i will deliver 184 horsepower while the M44i will deliver 326 horsepower – that latter of which is a six-horsepower increase. On the diesel front, the 420d will deliver 190 horsepower while the 435d xDrive will offer up 313 horsepower. Then you’ve got the 4 Series Gran Coupe that comes with the model designation for 418d and has 150 ponies on tap. The 435d comes standard with xDrive, while it will be available as an add-on for most other models (it usually comes at a $2,000 premium over non-xDrive models)
But, it’s not all about engine and horsepower with this update. See, the updated 4 Series gets a revised suspension system that is now stiffer on the standard Coupe and Gran Coupe. While the dynamics of the suspension system have been updated for all models, including those with M Sport and Adaptive suspension. If you go with the 430 models or higher, you can opt for high-performance tires straight from the factory.
As far as looks go, all 4 Series models now come standard with LED headlights and LED fog lights as standard equipment – a big improvement over the xenon lights that came standard on the current model. And, even better yet, you’ll find restyled taillight lenses that are sportier and lit up by bright LED lights as well – a first for the 4 Series. The front fascia now features chrome trim that follows the lower edge of the fascia and wraps around the restyled fake vents that house the fog lights. Out back, a new chrome strip has been added to the slightly reworked rear fascia. As far as wheels go, there are four new wheels, three of which feature five primary spokes and one that features a dual, 10-spoke design. New exterior finishes include Snapper Rocks Blue (Shown on the M4 in the gallery) and Sunset Orange (shown on the convertible models in the gallery).
Finally, the interior gets an updated navigation system and new instrument cluster to go with an updated steering wheel. The infotainment display comes with the updated user interface that we saw in the new 5 Series in Detroit. To round out the interior updates, the dash gets double stitching while center stack trim now features gloss black trim. The trim around the power window controls and HVAC vents are not electroplated while the HVAC and CD changer controls get healthy doses of chrome. All told, that’s a lot of updates to a car that’s just a few years old, but it will surely be welcomed by Bimmer fans everywhere.
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2014 brought us rumors of BMW working on a performance-oriented 3 Series that would slot between the 340i and the 2016 BMW M3 in terms of output. This spawned yet another rumor that Munich might do the same with the 4 Series to give the nameplate a proper competitor for the 2016 Audi S5 and the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe. However, BMW has yet to confirm it and word has it the Germans might have cancelled the project, despite the big gap between the range-topping, non-M model and the M-badged trim. Meanwhile, if a sexier and more powerful version of the 435i is what you need, but you can’t afford the M4, BMW has you covered with the M Performance Power kit.
The first 4 Series to sport this upgrade is actually a convertible model. The drop-top seen here was showcased at the brand’s dealership in Abu Dhabi before the lucky customer who commissioned it came in to take it home and enjoy those sunny weekends in the Arabian Peninsula.
Unlike the wide array of Individual-badged Bimmers that usually receive a special paint job, a set of custom wheels, and a full leather interior, the M Performance Parts kit brings a lot more to the table. As the name suggests, it also adds a body kit to the car, and, more importantly, adds more power under the hood. Check out the full details below.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit.
For the first time in its 14-year history, the BMW Car Club of America’s annual Car of Your Dreams Raffle will give away a fully tuned and custom-built Bimmer sporting a huge array of performance parts from one of the world’s leading go-faster shops, Dinan Engineering. The Grand Prize will be a 2015 M4 Coupe Dinan Club Edition with over 20 grand in upgrades, a total package value of $110,000.
Draped in an Alpine White paint job and boasting 530 horsepower, 504 pound-feet of torque, and a slew of tasty carbon-fiber add-ons, the hyper-powered two-door is ostensibly one of the most valuable and powerful M4s in existence.
“This year, we’re proud to present a Grand Prize raffle car engineered by Steve Dinan, rolling on Forgeline metal and gripping the road courtesy of Michelin. Three of the top names in automotive excitement join the Ultimate Drivers’ Club in bringing you the M4 of your dreams,” said Frank Patek, executive director of the BMW CCA.
In addition to the uber-Bavarian sled Grand Prize, the raffle will also give away a brand-new F80 M3 sedan, MSRP $62,000, and a brand-new M235i coupe, MSRP $43,100. There will also be special drawings for every ticket purchased during specific designated periods, with prizes including $1,000 gift cards for IHG Hotels, Michelin Tires, Shell gas, Best Buy, and Amex.
Tickets are currently available for $25 a pop to BMW CCA members only, so you’ll need to join if you want to win. Each ticket offers a 1-in-5,000 chance of winning a car. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The entry deadline is September 10.
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Much like the 3 Series Coupe that preceded it, the 4 Series lineage has grown to include a multitude of trims. Ranging from fuel-efficient diesels to the more powerful 335i, and from the four-door Gran Coupe to the Convertible, the 4 Series family can satisfy a wide range of customers. Come 2015 and BMW added a new iteration to the 4 Series. Interestingly enough, it’s not a new base model that would bring a fuel-sipping powerplant to the U.S., but a performance-oriented car positioned above the range-topping 435i. Meet the 435i ZHP Edition, or the first 4 Series likely to become a collectible in the near future.
I say "collectible" because the coupe you see here is limited to only 100 examples, making it the rarest 4 Series as of 2015.
Making this limited edition that much more important is the fact that it revives a performance package first introduced in 2003. Originally named the ZHP Performance Package, the bundle added the M-Tech II body kit, ZHP upgraded suspension parts and settings, and special camshafts that raised engine output and allowed a higher redline to the E46 3 Series. Slotted between the 330i and the M3, the E46 ZHP brought "track-inspired excitement to your daily drive." More than a decade later, BMW promises the same with the 435i ZHP Edition.
Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 435i ZHP Edition.
As we all bear witness to the current shift away from gasoline engines, we end up with some truly blockbuster matchups. No longer is it just carbs vs. fuel injection, rear-wheel drive vs. front-wheel drive, displacement vs. boost, or manuals vs. automatics. Now we have rivalries that pit internal combustion in its entirety against and the very future of automotive power. Cue the explosions and thunder storm. We don’t even have to use cars from different manufacturers. Case in point: the M4 vs. the i8.
Despite drastically different approaches to performance, the stats on these machines are actually nearly parallel: both take a little less than 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, both weigh about 3,450 pounds, and both can attain a top speed of 155 mph.
Yes, the power and torque figures are completely skewed, and the drive layouts are thoroughly dissimilar, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s the old school against the new school, analog against digital. The petroleum will run out eventually, but today is not that day. Who will win this battle?
Autocar set out to find the answer using a race track and two capable drivers. The result is what you’d expect in some ways, but a complete surprise in others. As the future wrestles away the present from the past, we expect many more battles like this to come.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 and M4.
Some say that mudslinging is as American as Mississippi mud, and in certain countries — the U.S. included — the legal system more than welcomes negative publicity. Normally, this type of dark PR is good for business, but there are times when the original intent backfires and this is pretty much what seems to happen in one of Lexus’ latest YouTube videos, where an RC350 is pitted against one of its arch enemies, the BMW 435i.
In short, a Lexus spokeswoman is trying to emphasize all the advantages that the newest Lexus coupe has against the top of the range version of the BMW 4 Series. She mentions differences like the six more horsepower developed by the naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V-6 from the Lexus RC350, its "sports car" center console, the fresher exterior design of the model, and certain bits and pieces that come in standard on the Lexus and are optional extras on the BMW. In theory, this type of marketing would make the RC350 sound like the best-buying option in its segment, but if you take a look at the amount of negative comments that the footage received it becomes apparent that the result is a bit far from showing that.
Since both the RC350 and the 435i are shown using a rather complementing light, the comparison doesn’t actually seem to show a clear winner in the end, and some may even say that the BMW 4 Series probably earned more fans because of it. Not to mention that some of the "winning" features on the RC Coupe, such as the touchpad interface or its "innovative" exterior styling aren’t exactly universally loved. On top of that, the six horsepower "powertrain advantage" of the Lexus don’t sound as appetizing if you look at the much better 0-to-60-mph acceleration of the 435i (5.3 seconds for the BMW versus 5.8 seconds in the RC350) or at its higher mileage (19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the Lexus versus 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the BMW).
Despite being named in theory after non-vehicular technology, the 2015 edition of the Computer Electronics Show (CES) was pretty packed with high-tech means of transportation, with just about many major car manufacturers jumping on the occasion of unveiling a bespoke concept car for the event in Las Vegas. The common theme among most vehicles presented was "connectivity" and/or "autonomous driving, " and for some reason it seems that German carmakers set their sights on stealing most of the accolades.
Each and every concept car presented at CES 2015 tried in the most elaborate ways to provide consumers with a peek at the world of transportation in the near future and beyond, with some of the gizmos and features sported by a couple of cars even wearing the "production ready" tag. By far the biggest surprises came from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, with each of them presenting their own interpretation of the so-called "car of the future."
The luxury trio of premium carmakers wasn’t the only one to infuse CES 2015 with cars that sport extra connectivity features or self-driving options, which is why we decided to put together a short list featuring the most important cars and automotive technologies presented at the show in Las Vegas. Some are simply rehashed variants of existing vehicles, while others are futuristic thingamajigs that we will only see on the roads in the third decade or so of the new millennium. Either way, prepare for a concentrated dose of innovative means of transportation and automotive technology.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 CES.
None of us still believe that Santa Claus actually exists, but on the off chance that he does, BMW is setting him up with a holiday ride to get his Christmas deliveries done as quickly as possible. With apologies to Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, Santa looks pretty good behind the wheel of a 2015 BMW M4, doesn’t he?
Granted, the new BMW sports coupe isn’t going to help him shoot down chimneys or climb back up them, but with the M4, he won’t have to anymore. All he has to do is park on the street, climb inside a presumably open window, and then walk out of the front door.
Then he can go back to the M4, bring the car’s 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine to life, pump the pedal to feel the throaty roar of the engine’s 425 horsepower and 408 pound-feet of torque under the hood, and proceed to his next destination.
Sure, Rudolph and company can fly, but whatever; Santa Claus’ cool factor will be multiplied exponentially if he starts driving the M4. Maybe he’ll leave that M4 at the TopSpeed offices before heading back to the North Pole...
Pretty please, Saint Nick?
With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.
As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.
Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?
Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.
I’ve always had a fondness for AC Schnitzer. The German aftermarket company is one of the best BMW tuners in the world and it looks to solidify that reputation with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Lots of other companies and groups have started to tune BMW’s new mid-szie coupe, but AC Schnitzer has that extra experience and legacy that makes it one of the most well-known on the market.
AC Schnitzer’s history with the German automaker is as long as it is rich. If there’s one tuner you’d want working on a BMW, especially one that is as new and as popular as the 4 Series, it’s AC Schnitzer. There are new visual upgrades, aerodynamic tweaks, and a host of performance improvements.
You’re going to need to check it out for yourself, but trust me; you’re not going to be disappointed.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.
It really was just a matter of time before the BMW 4 Series Convertible received the same BMW M Performance parts as its coupe brother. It surprisingly took more than a year for that to happen — the 4 Series Coupe received its goodies in July 2013 — but better late than never, right?
The modifications bear a lot of similarities to the M Performance parts on the 4 Series Coupe and while that shouldn’t come as a surprise, BMW could have used a little more spice in decking out the convertible version with new goodies from its own M division. At least that’s my take on it.
For what it is worth, the 4 Series Convertible does come away with a handful of M Performance upgrades. They’re mostly of the aesthetic variety on the exterior and interior, but there are also subtle performance modifications in the pipeline, including a new sports muffler and engine upgrades.
My guess is that these M Performance parts are just the start of more in-house upgrades on the 4 Series Convertible. The model’s popularity among buyers will likely sway BMW into expanding its offerings for all variants of the 4 Series.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Parts.
Oh, look. There’s another German aftermarket company that has prepared a program for the BMW 4 Series. At this rate, we’re probably going to see enough aftermarket programs to fill up an entire catalog. Not that it’s a problem, given the 4 Series is nothing short of awesome. This is exactly why so many tuning firms are jumping all over it. And now we have the German aftermarket company Best-Tuning, which is known for its works on Bavaria’s finest.
Since its founding in 1997, Best-Tuning has created a laundry list of tuning kits for cars and motorcycles. Its latest work on the 4 Series follows up on that tradition, even though the lack of any aesthetic upgrades won’t win it any style points from us.But who thinks the 4 Series lacks so badly that it actually needs aesthetic enhancements?
Even without the styling upgrades, this program is far from a dud. Actually, it’s got some nice qualities to it, although not to the extent of what other aftermarket firms have developed for BMW’s newest eye candy.
Best-Tuning did do some serious work improving the 4 Series’ performance capabilities, including a mild engine tune and some chassis upgrades.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 435IX By Best-Tuning.
Happy Thursday, welcome back to the TopSpeed Podcast.
This week’s show includes talks about Justin’s time with the BMW 435i, Mark’s experience with the Toyota Avalon, and I talk about the insanity that was the American leg of the Gumball 3000.
We continue the supercar talk with Mark’s take on the American trio of Viper, Corvette and Z/28, and you get to hear our thoughts on the crazy diesel powered BMW X6 M50d.
We also spend some talking about the tragic events surrounding the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan, and we talk about just what GM’s "Zora" trademark could mean for the future of Corvette.
After all that, we give our answers to your questions and no episode of the TopSpeed Podcast would be complete without Own, Drive, Burn. This week features a trio of classic muscle.
If there is something special you want to see us talk about, drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, hit us up on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast — we follow back – or leave us a comment below.
We want to send out an extra-special thank you to those of you who watched our shenanigans live earlier today. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.
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I know the show is a few days early, but I have a special announcement to make. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves lots of horsepower and an epic road trip. You have to watch to see what the announcement is.
Beyond the special announcement, we are going to talk about Justin’s drive of the new 4-Series, the new McLaren P13 GT and the future of solar powered roads.
Mark is also going to regale us with tales of his time with the Chrysler Town & Country, and then we plan on discussing the changed coming to the 2015 Nissan Frontier and then we plan on covering the crazy Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept.
We may have another piece of news or two, and of course we will have viewer questions, and a round of Own, Drive, Burn.
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Every now and again, we get invites to quick test-drive events, and for the most part we simply ignore them. But when BMW invited us to test out the new 435i M Sport along with its nearest competitor, the 2014 Audi S5, I would have been nuts to say "no." In one corner is the newest Bimmer with 300 horses coming from its TwinPower Turbo I-6 and all the cool little M Sport bits — brakes, wheels, suspension, etc. In the other corner is the tried-and-true Audi S5 with 333 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque.
This battle of German midsize coupes also includes a battle of power-generating philosophies. From Bimmer you have the new-age twin-scroll turbocharging system and from Audi you have the old, faithful supercharger. Many years ago there was no contest between the two, because the supercharger had no lag, while older turbos had serious lag issues, resulting in slower initial launches while the exhaust gases get the turbo spooling. The introduction of twin-scroll turbocharging and BMW’s perfection of the technology has rendered this a non-issue.
Both the 435i and the S5 are outstanding rigs and do the job of combining performance and luxury well without pushing the bounds of comfort like the wild RS5 and M4. But which one is the victor in this quick, five-mile-long test in city traffic?
Click past the jump to find out.
It’s common knowledge that BMW doesn’t waste any time when it comes to applying its Individual treatment to most of its brand-new releases, so we’re not at all surprise that the Germans have rolled out the details for the entire 4 Series lineup.
Since we’ve already seen the Coupe and Convertible versions receive their unique exterior colors and exclusive interior tweaks earlier this year, time has come to take a look at what BMW Individual has in stock for the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the sole four-door member of the 4 Series family.
As with most Individual creations, the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be had with an array of special body wraps, either metallic or matte. Customers that are into the metallic look can order it in Citrine Black, Tansanite Blue, Pyrite Brown or Moonstone. The special pigmentations of these paints will allow the 4 Series Gran Coupe to display different nuances depending on light conditions and perspective.
Moving over to matte hues, which are produced in a special painting process used exclusively by the BMW Group, four more shades are available: Frozen Brilliant White, Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze and Frozen Cashmere Silver. Each vehicle can also be fitted with a set of BMW Individual light-alloy wheels. The rims come in 19-inch sizes and feature a V-spoke design.
Updated 05/26/2014: After being announced about one month ago, BMW finally released information on this cool 4 Series Gran Coupe specially customized by BMW Individual.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Gran Coupe.
After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.
Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.
Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.
At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe, albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.
Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.
It’s good to be the BMW 4 Series these days. It’s only been a few months since the model was released and already, it’s getting a lot of attention from racing teams and aftermarket companies. So it’s no surprise that theGeneva Motor Show was the scene for some tuners to showcase their first offerings for the 4 Series. Technically, BMW tuner extraordinaire Alpina already presented its program for the BMW 4 Series Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.
But nobody said anything about the 4 Series Convertible, right?
So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible.
Befitting its philosophy of tuning sophistication, Alpine put in serious work on the 4 Series Convertible, turning it into one of its own to go with its distinctive B4 Bi-Turbo name.
This all looks and sounds pretty impressive to us, but that’s no shock from Alpina.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Alpina B4 BiTurbo Convertible
Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.
This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.
Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.
Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.
Click past the jump to read about the World Car of the Year candidates
BMW has spread its Individual treatment to the recently launched 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models. Few details were revealed about this new package, but the first images posted on BMW’s Facebook page show us that the two models will be released very soon.
Just like with all the other BMW Individual models, the package applied to the 4 Series models will increase the luxury and the sportiness of the models already awesome 4 Series.
For the 4 Series coupe, BMW offers a Citrine Black metallic paint job combined with19-inch light alloy wheels in "V-spoke 626 l" design. Though these rims appear to be the only modification on the outside, BMW did spend a good bit of time on the Individual’s interior.
On the inside, the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe is offered with a fine-grain Merino leather trim in Gold Brown and a BMW Individual Plane Auburn trimmed in dark fine wood, which is similar to what we saw in the BMW Concept 4.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe and Convertible.
The new BMW M4 Coupe made its North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and while we were busy gawking over it, BMW engineers took the M4 convertible version out for some cold weather testing in Sweden.
The prototype caught testing is still heavily camouflaged, which seems pretty odd because the M4 Convertible shouldn’t look any different than the coupe version; well, except when you drop the retractable hard top.
Under its hood, the M4 Convertible will borrow the 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine from its coupe sibling that delivers 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 5,500 rpm. Performance figures should be within a few tenths of a second of the coupe’s numbers — the extra few tenths are due to the additional weight from the convertible hardware.
Expect the BMW M4 Convertible to be unveiled in the upcoming months.
It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars, luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.
Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder, respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4, which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.
Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.
So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year
You can always leave it up to Hamann to churn out aftermarket programs for cars that are affordable enough to own, yet still possesses that incredible look to make the power upgrades all worth the price in the end.
Such is the case with the program the German tuner built for the BMW 4 Series Coupe. At a starting price of just over $41,000, the 4er won’t burn holes on your pockets, so owning one isn’t that difficult to do. But having one in your garage is only the first part of the equation to thoroughly enjoying the spoils of the 4 Series.
That’s where Hamann comes into the picture, or to be more specific the myriad of performance kits it has developed for the sports coupe. It’s an extensive list that covers a large boat of trim levels for the 4 Series.
For the 420d/420d xDrive, power spikes from 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 216 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the 430d, you get the treat of seeing the standard 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque increase to 295 horses and 446 pound-feet. If you have the 435d xDrive, you receive the most powerful tuned 4 Series of the lot, thanks to a new output of 355 ponies and 512 pound-feet of torque.
Far be it to leave the ’i’ models alone, Hamann also gave them their own line of power boosts, led by the 420i/420i xDrive TwinPower, which now has 208 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, up from the stock 184 ponies and 199 pound-feet of torque. Then, there’s the 428i/428i xDrive TwinPower models, both of which now get 272 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque from the stock 245 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, the 435i/435i xDrive TwinPower models come into the picture, boasting 348 ponies and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase from the 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet output of the standard model.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series
We have known for quite some time that Bimmer’s naming system is slowly morphing to cover nearly every number from 1 through 10. It began with the 1 Series and 2 Series, and now moved into the 4 Series.
Here’s the low down on all of that. The 1 Series, once everything is said and done, will only feature sedans. The 1 Series coupe and convertible are now the 2 Series. Finally, the 3 Series now features only sedans, and the 4 Series takes over the midsize coupe and convertible markets to replace the 3 Series coupe and convertible.
Well, now there is a new wrinkle in the whole 4 Series lineup that will likely make your head spin, and that is the 4 Series Gran Coupè. Sure, it has four-doors and many of us automatically figure that is a sedan, but BMW, Mercedes and Audi like to call sleek sedans on sporty platform coupès and who are we to argue with them?
Updated 02/03/2014: BMW released the first details on the new 4 Series Gran Coupe before the car’s world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. On the U.S. market the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will be priced from $41,225 for the 428i version.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 4-Seires Gran Coupe.
A highlight of the 2013 Essen Motor Show is the TUNE IT! SAFE! car and this year, the Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT) has introduced the BMW 4 Series-based ACS4 2.8i Coupe.
The Bimmer coupe was worked on by AC Schnitzer, hence the familiar nomenclature, and comes with a steady diet of aftermarket upgrades that would make the the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development really proud.
It’s an extensive project, just like previous TUNE IT! SAFE! models and appropriate for an event like Essen. The ACS4 2.8i Coupe comes with a number of new aero components from AC Schnitzer, including a front and rear spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Adding to those new items to the exterior are a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook 245/30ZR21 Ventus S1 evo tires and an adjustable race-spec suspension that not only lowers the height of the coupe by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also gives it improved stability in the event the police car is used for law-enforcing purposes.
For the interior, AC Schnitzer continued with its functional modifications on the 4 Series Coupe. None of the upgrades will blow your socks off, but for what they’re worth, the new floor mats, key holder, and aluminum gear knob, foot rest, handbrake handle, and pedal set all represent upgrades in their own right.
Under the hood of this specially-prepared 4 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer did a sizable performance bump, increasing the output of the sports car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine from 245 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 294 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With these new numbers, the sports coupe can now hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, 50 to 112 mph in 12.7 seconds. Top speed is still limited to 155 mph, though, so that’s a little disappointing.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer
While BMW is busy revealing the first details on the upcoming 4 Series Convertible, our spy photographers were busy taking some photos of the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe. And we are not talking about an ordinary 4 Series Gran Coupe, but one painted in a very cool Estoril Blue and featuring the M Sport package.
As you can see the prototype wears little camouflage and mainly in the parts that are going to be updated by the M Sport Package. Basically the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be similar to the series 4 Series Coupe, with a slightly longer roofline and the extra pair of doors.
Internally known as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will borrow pretty much everything from its coupe brother, including the exterior design language, the engines and transmissions.
The new 4 Series Gran Coupe is expected to be unveiled in 2014 with production starting after the summer.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe.
Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe, the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.
The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.
For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible.
When it comes to updating Bimmers, AC Schnitzer does some of the the most incredible work. Its latest kit announced for the 4 Series Coupe is no exception to the norm. Though this is not the first upgrade announced for BMW’s latest coupe, the package revealed today by AC Schnitzer is definitely the coolest yet.
As usual, the tuner’s upgrades can be applied to the entire 4 Series lineup, and it includes updates nearly every aspect of the car.
The tuner started its work under the hood where it opted to improve both the gasoline and diesel models. The base 428i sees an improvement from 245 to 294 horsepower, while top gasoline model — the 435i — goes from 306 to 360 horsepower. For the diesel variant — the 420d — the output jumps from 184 to 218 horsepower. Along with the engine upgrades, the 4 Series’ exhaust system also gets an update, with new sports rear silencer that features two chromed "Racing" tailpipes.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer.