4 Series Spied with Less Camo and Taking a Break Next to an Audi A5

by Mark Jurista on February 19, 2013, 2:21 pm
BMW 4 Series Production

BMW is letting some of the camo go from the upcoming 4 Series and we were able to get a peek at what is underneath while this 435i sat next to a Audi A5. We have seen the Concept Coupe and have all been wondering what will make it through to the production models this July -- based on these photos it looks to be missing a lot of the more extreme treatments that the concept had.

BMW 4 Series Production

While a good number of things are either missing or still hidden by the camo, it is reasonable to believe that the "lines" may re-introduce some of the key concepts from the Concept Coupe. BMW is heavily invested in the lines concept and going more aggressive with the M Sport line makes a ton of sense.

BMW 4 Series Production

What do you think? Are you still as excited about the design at this stage?
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23 responses to 4 Series Spied with Less Camo and Taking a Break Next to an Audi A5

dtc100 commented:
February 19, 2013, 3:21 pm

Boy that bulging hood just looks odd at certain angle.

If the rear exhaust and diffuser is close to production level, maybe the front lower vents will be tuned down from the concept too.

Still like to see less camo at the front. When do we expect to see the full reveal?
suneil commented:
February 19, 2013, 3:30 pm

Hoodline looks like a huge nostril...front looks good still. Side is odd. needs to be lowered.
beden1 commented:
February 19, 2013, 4:30 pm

I'll wait to see the real thing before I formulate my final opinion, but I'm less interested in the coupe than I was before when seeing pictures of the "concept 4 series".

The front end with hood transition is hideous and looks similar to the Dodge Charger.
408Racer commented:
February 19, 2013, 5:13 pm

There's still camo on the vital areas but it in my eyes, it is trending more towards "predictable F30 2-door" instead of "new, sexy, exciting 4-series." Not that that's a totally bad thing...more a move from "Yowza!" to "Cool."
hans007 commented:
February 19, 2013, 11:16 pm

the bulging hood and tallish green house look weird on a coupe. this kind of just makes me think the A5 just looks really good.
jtuds commented:
February 19, 2013, 11:22 pm

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Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
looks similar to the Dodge Charger.
ugh...this comment just ruined it for me. thanks a lot!
-=Hot|Ice=- commented:
February 20, 2013, 1:17 am

How dare BMW move the coupe 'upscale' and give it Halogen lights. I was really hoping an LCI Coupe would be my next car too.
enigma commented:
February 20, 2013, 4:50 am

It's kinda ironic that the e92 was a bigger departure from its 4-door sibling (e90) than the f32 is shaping up to be from the f30 (based on the spy pictures so far). Yet, BMW Marketing will make everyone believe that the 4-series is somehow more special than what used to be the 3-series coupe.
K-A commented:
February 20, 2013, 6:28 am

The A5 looks sleeker, while I seem to like what I can tell from the "4er" proportions (IMO nobody is doing better proportions than BMW right now, their true calling card).

I don't mind the taller roofline/greenhouse of the "4" since BMW previous "3" Coupe's always had this kind of 3-Box "Sedan with 2 Doors" presence that still could look sexy. The modern-classic E46 Coupe and E36 Coupe especially spring to mind in that regard (the shape of the roof and silhouette give me impressions of those). However, it's a fine line when doing a Coupe like that, it has to have be done right, or else it can look too upright which works on a statelier/larger presence of a Sedan, but goes against the theory of a "Coupe".
pal joey commented:
February 20, 2013, 7:44 am

2 more pages on the new 4

http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw-4-series/ke3834.html
chris328 commented:
February 20, 2013, 7:50 am

why the hell do they still have camo on it? it was revealed over 3 months ago.
thumper_330 commented:
February 20, 2013, 10:12 am

I'm liking it from the A-pillar back; that high roofline looks pretty good in my opinion (but I do drive a 1-series and love it so make of that what you will). But that hood... it's awful. I understand the pedestrian impact stuff in Europe, but man that thing just doesn't look sporty. I agree with others comments that it looks pregnant.

Still, it's possible it's just the camo messing with perspective... like the 1-series I think I'll have to see it in person before I really "get" it. I had exactly that problem with the 1'er at first; I didn't like the proportions of it (especially the rear) until I got to actually walk around one and look at it from a lot of angles... it clicks in person in a way that pictures can't portray. I don't know why... it just does
Mark K commented:
February 20, 2013, 10:20 am

I like this. Normal front and rear fascia, not Bondesque frills from a concept that need to hide a machine gun. This is pretty obviously X-drive and it still sits where standard F30 sits, so 20 mm lower for standard coupe suspension is going to look really, really good.

Yes, during my ED in a brand new E92 the only cars around that were catching my attention were A5s. That car looks awesome. Give credit where credit is deserved.
chris328 commented:
February 20, 2013, 10:56 am

in this video the hood doesnt look as bad but could just be the lighting / angles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mip-RrtE3Og

i agree that in this pictures, the hood looks heinous. seems like every single current E92 owner hates the hood. I have not heard one person say "wow that hood looks nice". Get a clue, BMW
mynycbimmer commented:
February 20, 2013, 8:05 pm

The 4 looks dated sitting next to the A5.
beden1 commented:
February 20, 2013, 8:14 pm

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Originally Posted by mynycbimmer View Post
The 4 looks dated sitting next to the A5.
It also looks big by comparison, and almost like this is a picture of the upcoming 3 GT.
Shades commented:
February 20, 2013, 10:48 pm

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Originally Posted by enigma View Post
It's kinda ironic that the e92 was a bigger departure from its 4-door sibling (e90) than the f32 is shaping up to be from the f30 (based on the spy pictures so far). Yet, BMW Marketing will make everyone believe that the 4-series is somehow more special than what used to be the 3-series coupe.
I agree,it's a total joke calling this a 4 series.It is one thing to not change the interior of the car but to have the same headlights as the F30 is ridiculous.
everettpa1 commented:
February 21, 2013, 9:57 am

The real star of this picture is the A5. It has been over 6 years now and that friggin car still looks badass. If I were Audi I would run that design out 18 years like the 1972-1989 Mercedes SLs. On those rare instances when you have perfection, no need to change. I'm sorry 4 series, go sit next to something like a C coupe.
K-A commented:
February 21, 2013, 10:18 am

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Originally Posted by everettpa1 View Post
go sit next to something like a C coupe.
Aww, now you're just picking on the ugliest duckling in the pond.
408Racer commented:
February 21, 2013, 1:49 pm

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Originally Posted by everettpa1 View Post
The real star of this picture is the A5. It has been over 6 years now and that friggin car still looks badass. If I were Audi I would run that design out 18 years like the 1972-1989 Mercedes SLs. On those rare instances when you have perfection, no need to change. I'm sorry 4 series, go sit next to something like a C coupe.

Actually, the real star is the pic of that M3 above your post...I would not have minded seeing this get an 18 year model run (or at least have a run at an 18 year old model):

hellosopo commented:
February 22, 2013, 7:07 pm

I hope those halogen headlights don't make it over here on the F32. I'm still trying to understand why one has to buy xenons to get projector lenses in a BMW. You can buy $15k Mazdas and Kias these days with halogen projector headlights that look at lot more classy than what we see here. If the idea is that BMW will sell more xenon headlight upgrades by making the base headlights look as terrible as possible, it doesn't seem to be working from what I've seen so far of F30s. The E90 LCI had better halogens which included corona rings.
Shades commented:
February 22, 2013, 7:31 pm

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Originally Posted by 408Racer View Post
Actually, the real star is the pic of that M3 above your post...I would not have minded seeing this get an 18 year model run (or at least have a run at an 18 year old model):


That looks fantastic,is it Atlantis Blue?This pic shows just how timeless the E46 design is.
mynycbimmer commented:
February 22, 2013, 9:49 pm

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Originally Posted by Shades View Post
That looks fantastic,is it Atlantis Blue?This pic shows just how timeless the E46 design is.
Stunning car. I love the E46 design, perfect size too.