With the 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in full swing, quite a hefty amount of car manufacturers decided that it would be a good idea to offer some eye candy to all the techno geeks at the event, and BMW’s lineup at the show will be spearheaded by the so-called "M4 Concept Iconic Lights." Based on a "regular" 2015 M4, BMW’s concept car for CES is quite literally a shining example of what the Bavarian carmaker can do in terms of automotive lighting technology.

The car comes equipped with the latest version of BMW’s Laserlight technology, which now is combined with the Selective Beam function that ,in theory, is just a fancy way of saying that oncoming drivers will not get blinded by your lasers anymore. Apart from also looking a little swankier, Laserlight can now work together with the sat-nav system in order to illuminate upcoming corners while the so-called Dynamic Light Spot feature can provide the driver with an early warning of people or animals passing in front of the vehicle at night.

The headlights of the M4 Concept Iconic Lights aren’t the only new feature on the CES-revealed car, as the rear light clusters also feature some eye-candy in the form of OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) for both the taillights and the turn signals. As some of you know, BMW and Audi have been engaged in a rather silly war regarding both laser headlights and now also OLED taillights, so it would be interesting to see how this creamy-white M4 Concept will be received by all the Audi fans present at the show.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights.

  • 2015 BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    425
  • Torque @ RPM:
    406
  • Displacement:
    3. L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    75000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Speaking of which, the complexity of the OLED taillights is simply beautiful, with the individual light modules creating a stunning 3D effect that can be configured to show different shapes.

BMW’s Angel Eyes, which are probably recognizable from line of a thousand cars, received a new interpretation on the M4 Concept Iconic Lights and the result isn’t half bad looking. The classic corona rings around the dual headlights now have a blueish hue and look much more Tron-like, making for an even more very evil appearance for this M4. Now it’s not exactly the type of car you would like to meet in a dark alley with its headlights on, not to mention in your rear-view mirror on a deserted highway during the night.

Also thanks to an exterior engulfed in a rather sexy-looking shade of white that BMW calls Cool White metallic, the overall appearance of the M4 Concept Iconic Lights is actually very different than that of the rgular model, despite only the headlight, taillights and color having been changed. Speaking of which, the complexity of the OLED taillights is simply beautiful, with the individual light modules creating a stunning 3D effect that can be configured to show different shapes. If any BMW M4 can be called truly pretty and terrifying at the same time it’s probably this concept car.

Interior

Since the M4 Concept Iconic Lights is all about its new Laserlights variant and OLED taillights, BMW didn’t see fit to showcase the model’s interior as well, and that is simply because it should most likely look entirely identical to that of your average, run of the mill, M4. Not that it is a bad thing, but some extra snazzy LED lighting for the center console and some hard to reach interior places would have probably made for an even more appropriate usage of the concept car’s name.

Drivetrain

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Gathering data from the sat-nav system they can illuminate corners even before turning the wheel, and they can also detect people and animals for the Night Vision system.

As expected, the CES M4 prototype has no extra performance features compared with the regular model. It is equipped with the same three-liter inline-six with two turbochargers and direct injection, which sends a hefty 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Although BMW didn’t mention this details, the Concept Iconic Lights is probably equipped with the double-clutch transmission and not the manual, in order to further emphasize the model’s high tech characteristics.

The real talk of the town in terms of technology is represented by the Laserlight headlights though, which are not only cool looking, but much safer for the driver and other traffic as well. Gathering data from the sat-nav system, they can illuminate corners even before turning the wheel, and they can also detect people and animals with a Night Vision system. By far the coolest feature is probably the "narrow clearance" lighting, which acts in a similar fashion with a cat’s whiskers and checks if the vehicle can fit through an upcoming passage or not. Last, but certainly not least, the Laserlight system can act as a projector and "create" specific driver information directly onto the road ahead of the car. As far as the OLED taillight clusters are concerned, their main feature is obviously the awesome 3D effect, but they also can be said to slightly improve the car’s fuel consumption by using less energy to operate.

Prices

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As with just about any other concept car out there, the M4 Concept Iconic Lights is not for sale and will never be, so it actual cost is that of the regular base M4, on top of which you might want to add the millions that BMW spent on R&D to create those awesome lights. So, yeah, this is a very expensive car, but nobody knows how much.

Competition

BMW Vision Future Luxury

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Believe it or not, even though it looks almost nothing alike, the BMW Vision Future Luxury is actually the closest competitor for the M4 Concept Iconic Lights presented at CES 2015. Just like the M4, the Vision Future Luxury is equipped with a set of evil-looking Laserlight headlights, while the taillights were the first to offer the OLED technology on a BMW model.

Presented at the 2014 edition of the Beijing Auto Show, the rather large luxury sedan had the main mission of preparing the Chinese market for both the reveal of the upcoming 2016 7 Series and a yet-unconfirmed larger BMW sedan. Either way, apart from the sleek exterior appearance and understated interior design, the model’s main novelties were also represented by its headlights and taillights, and the technology behind them.

Conclusion

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While the war of the laser lights between BMW and Audi is rather dopey from a marketing perspective, as both carmakers now insinuate that they were the first to bring this technology to the masses, the fact that we now have lasers on cars is pretty mind-blowing. Which is why I actually couldn’t believe that some of the features presented on the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights weren’t already in production on the i8 — the only production BMW with Laserlights. Is BMW telling us that the i8 with Laserlights doesn’t have an anti-dazzle feature yet? Either way, helpful technology or not, the M4 concept Iconic Lights is simply gorgeous if you ask me, and that is mostly thanks to its new lights.

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Press Release

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) 2015 in Las Vegas, BMW is providing further evidence that it is a world leader in the development of Laserlight. Having already supplied its first models with Laserlight to customers, it is now presenting further laser functions for vehicles of the future. Laserlight is now able to offer its impressively long beam range of up to 600 metres in combination with the BMW Selective Beam function (anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant). At CES, BMW is unveiling ways in which Laserlight, extensively integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors, can be used to implement new intelligent lighting functions for enhanced safety and comfort. For example, it can work with the navigation system to illuminate corners well in advance, while a laser-based Dynamic Light Spot can provide early warning of people or animals at night from a distance of up to 100 metres.

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New lighting technology opens up design scope.
The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model, with exterior paintwork in Cool White metallic, features a new interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlights. On the move, the laser technology can be identified by the fine blue strips inside the lights. Meanwhile, the rear light clusters of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model are based on OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), which produce light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. For the first time, both the tail lights and rear direction indicators feature OLED technology. The illuminated surfaces are positioned to produce a three-dimensional effect. OLEDs also take up less room on account of their thin size.

Shining example of innovative technology: anti-dazzle Laserlight and laser projection.
BMW Laserlight sets new standards in terms of beam range and brightness. Inside the laser headlights, the “coherent” monochromatic blue laser light is converted into harmless white light. A special optical system directs the rays from the high-performance diodes onto a phosphor plate inside the light, which converts the beam into a very bright white light that is similar to natural daylight and pleasant to the eye. Despite consuming 30 percent less energy, the parallel light beam is ten times more intense than that produced by halogen, xenon or LED light sources. BMW Laserlight also has a beam range of up to 600 metres, more than twice that of conventional headlights, for increased safety in the dark. The camera-based BMW Selective Beam system, which is controlled by dynamic actuators, prevents oncoming or preceding vehicles being dazzled and allows the laser high beam to be left on at all times.

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Enhanced safety through connectivity.
Extensive integration of the innovative Laserlight with other vehicle systems allows a variety of intelligent lighting functions to be implemented. Integration with the navigation system, for example, allows the proactive Adaptive Headlight control system to illuminate corners even before the steering wheel is turned. Laserlight also adds a new dimension to the Night Vision system’s Dynamic Light Spot function. In pitch-dark conditions, people and animals can be detected from a distance of up to 100 metres, by infrared camera, and “spotlighted” by the laser-based Dynamic Light Spot. This is a longer range than that of any other system. Also, if the vehicle detects reduced clear road width ahead, the laser headlights can be used to provide “narrow clearance” lighting. A laser projection function indicates the exact width of the vehicle in relation to the road to allow safe passage through the narrow space. BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights also showcases a further “visionary” system: “High Power Laser” diodes. This system projects driver information directly onto the road in front of the vehicle, allowing drivers to concentrate optimally on the traffic even in pitch darkness.

OLED rear light cluster with three-dimensional effect.
Organic light-emitting diodes – OLEDs – are an innovative, efficient, sustainable light source that form the basis for the BMW Organic Light system. OLEDs have a low power consumption, which helps to further reduce vehicle CO2 emissions. Another sustainable feature of this technology is the fact that no expensive rare earth metals are required in the production process. Unlike ordinary LEDs, which are a point light source, OLEDs produce light uniformly over their entire surface. The OLED elements are very thin, with a thickness of just 1.4 millimetres. Also, the individual modules can be activated separately, generating new possibilities for creating different lighting effects at the rear light clusters.

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Different lighting effects in different driving modes.
In the past, rigorous legal requirements regulating the brightness of vehicle lighting have limited the number of lighting functions that it was possible to implement with OLED technology. On the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model, BMW Organic Light is used in the tail lights and rear direction indicators. By activating the OLED segments individually, it is possible to create different rear lighting effects in different driving modes. Whereas normally the L-shape is wide and uniformly illuminated, in Sport mode a different-shaped light pattern can be used by activating only some of the OLED segments. The rear light then appears as a narrow, focused and sharply defined “strip” of light.

New technologies create new design options.
Lighting is an important design element in modern vehicles. From the front, all vehicles of the BMW core brand are instantly identifiable by the combination of their twin round headlights and the hallmark kidney grille. At night, the four glowing corona rings form a distinctive signature.
The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model presents a new interpretation of the twin circular headlight theme. The headlights feature laser technology which is attractively highlighted by fine blue LED strips when the vehicle is on the move. Thanks to the new laser technology it was also possible to give the headlights a flat and sharply sculpted design.

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The L-shaped rear light clusters are just as distinctive in terms of styling as the front lights. The “L” shape is a typical design hallmark that accentuates the width of the rear and gives the vehicle a striking and powerful look that always stands out from the crowd, whether at night or during the daytime. On current models, LED-powered light strips and other light elements emphasise the L-shape at night and make the brand identity more easily recognisable in the dark. BMW first presented a rear light cluster with OLED elements on the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept model, which made its world debut in Beijing in April 2014. BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights displays its own version of this design. Its M-style OLED rear light cluster marks a new evolution of the typical BMW L-shaped lighting design which, with the BMW 7 Series launch, was reinforced with a distinctive “glowing” effect. OLED technology makes it possible to create a new, more three-dimensional and at the same time very sharply defined appearance.

BMW M GmbH will be launching a production model featuring OLED technology in the near future.

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