World Premiere - The BMW Concept M4 Coupe!

by Mark Jurista on August 15, 2013, 1:14 pm
BMW Concept M4 Coupe

On 16 August, amidst magnificent award-winning sports cars of yesterday on show at the "Concours d'Elegance" in Pebble Beach, the BMW Group will be offering a first outlook on a high-performance sports car of tomorrow - the BMW Concept M4 Coupe.

"The BMW Concept M4 Coupe reflects the BMW M philosophy in ideal form: It combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept. For four generations, the BMW M3 has put motor racing on the road and the BMW Concept M4 Coupe consistently continues to pursue this fundamental idea. The new model designation "M4" refers - like all other BMW M automobiles - to the series on which this concept car is based," explains Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Chairman of the Managing Board of the BMW M GmbH.

THE DESIGN OF THE NEW BMW CONCEPT M4 COUPE.
The BMW Concept M4 Coupe, finished in the colour "Aurum Dust exclusively developed for this
model, continues with BMW M's design language - strong in character, emotional and extremely dynamic. From every perspective it is the embodiment of agility, dynamism and superior performance. Large air inlets in the dynamic front, a swift design language in the side and a sporty, low rear give clear visual indication of the car's tremendous dynamic potential. CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastics) elements such as the front splitter, the roof, or the rear diffuser underline the optimized lightweight concept down to the smallest detail. "At BMW M, design is above all an expression of function. Each design element is based on the underlying technical demands of the BMW M high performance concept. Thanks to this authenticity, the design provides a taste of what can be experienced with each model: Power, precise control and superior handling - an unforgettable driving experience on the racetrack as well as on the road" says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design.

THE FRONT END.

BMW Concept M4 Coupe

Faceted surfaces, precise contours and distinctive visual depth shape the powerfully expressive front end of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe. The classic "BMW face" with its double kidney and a modern interpretation of the twin round headlamps featuring LED technology provides the car with a distinctive identity, making it recognizable as a BMW M automobile at very first glance. The bonnet with its characteristic power dome symbolises the immense power of the engine that lies beneath it. This dynamic element is further emphasized by a distinctive contour. A further striking feature on the front of the new BMW Concept M4 Coupe is the BMW M double bar kidney grille: The black kidney grille bars imitate the characteristic M double spoke design of the BMW M wheels, the M4 emblem on the kidney grille adding an exclusive accent to the front end.

The powerfully shaped front apron sporting the carbon fibre front splitter immediately catches the eye. The three large air intakes supply the high performance power unit with sufficient cooling air. At the same time, the interplay of surfaces, contours and volume authentically express the car's supreme potential. The sharply outlined vertical air vents located in the outer section of the side air intakes, the so-called Air Curtain is a design statement of its own. Together with the Air Breather, this feature ensures the aerodynamic closure of the wheel arches and consequently, improved air flow and fuel consumption.

THE SIDE.

BMW Concept M4 Coupe

Viewed from the side, the dynamic impression conveyed by the front end continues. A streamlined, flat silhouette and an athletic body design characterize the BMW Concept M4 Coupe. Typical BMW proportions - a long bonnet, long wheelbase, set-back greenhouse and a short front overhang - create an exceptionally dynamic appearance even when the car is at a standstill. Muscular wheel arches and the powerfully expressive surface language reveal the BMW Concept M4 Coupe's supreme performance capabilities at very first glance.

The flowing roofline enhances the BMW Concept M4 Coupe's sporty design with elegant finesse. As a visible high-tech lightweight element, the contoured CFRP roof characterizes the BMW Concept M4 Coupe's technically innovative design. The CFRP roof reduces weight and ensures a lower centre of gravity, thus facilitating an even sportier driving experience. Here, form and functionality are optimally combined in typical BMW M fashion.

The coupe-like roofline flows into the muscularly designed rear end, which then adopts the contour of the roof. A rear spoiler lip is integrated into the trunk lid for optimum downforce. Thanks to this feature, the BMW Concept M4 Coupe not only has better downforce values, but when viewed from the side, also gains in volume and length, in athletic presence. Below it, the boldly shaped, muscular sill emphasizes the car's sportive stance on the road.

A conspicuous detail on the car's side panels is the redesigned M gill. This characteristic M design element constitutes a both sporty and functional statement. On the Concept M4 Coupe, the M gills incorporate the Air Breather, which together with the Air Curtain within the front apron serves to ventilate the wheel arches and facilitate better airflow values. Exclusively designed, bicoloured 20" M light alloys boasting the typical M double spoke design complete the sportive design of the car's sides. The five filigree double-spokes rims with polished outer surfaces reveal M Carbon ceramic brakes.

THE REAR.

BMW Concept M4 Coupe

The muscular rear end of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe gives visual indication of the car's supreme power. The entire tail section boasts a sculptural and broad appearance. The large shaded areas beneath the spoiler give the rear end an even flatter and athletic appearance. At the same time, the flat taillights located far to the outside, the wide track and the powerfully flared wheel arches underscore the car's stable stance on the road. Horizontal lines accentuate the car's width, lowering the visual centre of gravity even further.

Within the tail section of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe, the design feature of the front apron comprising faceted surfaces is formally replicated and continued further. The interplay of surfaces and precise contours around the optical air vents further accentuates the rear end's dynamic design. Twin tailpipes are a characteristic M feature on the rear end. The two pairs of carbon fibre tailpipes are encompassed by the sculptural rear apron. A carbon fibre rear diffuser completes the overall aerodynamics package.
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30 responses to World Premiere - The BMW Concept M4 Coupe!

WWONG commented:
August 15, 2013, 1:35 pm

They over-styled WAY too much. Looks like a mess. The E92 was such a beauty.
E36 Phantom commented:
August 15, 2013, 1:45 pm

+1

Looks like it comes outfitted with a cheap EBay body kit drawn up by a 14 year old.

Shame on you, BMW.

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f30jojo commented:
August 15, 2013, 1:47 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by WWONG View Post
They over-styled WAY too much. Looks like a mess. The E92 was such a beauty.
yes and no. This is a "concept", not the finished product that will be sold. However, I would imagine it wont change much. That front end is overdone in my book (not to a lexus extent though... good lord those are hideous) but again, i'd bet anything that will be different at launch.
glennQNYC commented:
August 15, 2013, 1:49 pm

Carbon splitter sounds like an expensive replacement for such a vulnerable part.
justinnum1 commented:
August 15, 2013, 2:00 pm

So ugly lol
Dippydo commented:
August 15, 2013, 2:04 pm

Can't wait to see what this price will be. Getting to the point you can guy a GTR for the price of a 3 series...LOL... Hmmm...GTR....M4...Not even a competition.
Technic commented:
August 15, 2013, 2:18 pm

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Originally Posted by Dippydo View Post
Can't wait to see what this price will be. Getting to the point you can guy a GTR for the price of a 3 series...LOL... Hmmm...GTR....M4...Not even a competition.
That's what I been saying all along... the day BMW prices an M3/M4 to compete with 911 and GTR then is the day that the M3/4 becomes irrelevant.
EstorilF30 commented:
August 15, 2013, 3:38 pm

Concept M cars tend to look very similar to production models, especially since this will be in production around or before 2013 is over. Curious to see what production will look like.
Capobranco commented:
August 15, 2013, 3:46 pm

YES!
Absolutely spectacular!
M did it!
kunal_D commented:
August 15, 2013, 4:40 pm

This is spectacular! I love it!
kkapdolee commented:
August 15, 2013, 4:45 pm

I think it looks pretty good. Not as stunning as seeing the E92 M3 for the first time but still.

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Originally Posted by EstorilF30 View Post
Concept M cars tend to look very similar to production models, especially since this will be in production around or before 2013 is over. Curious to see what production will look like.
Is it confirmed that the M3/M4 is going into production that early?
glennQNYC commented:
August 15, 2013, 5:10 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dippydo View Post
Can't wait to see what this price will be. Getting to the point you can guy a GTR for the price of a 3 series...LOL... Hmmm...GTR....M4...Not even a competition.
I don't think the M4 is going to be priced to compete with the GTR ($100k)... The M6 is for that. I expect the M4 to be priced near the Cayman S.
CrispyKickz commented:
August 15, 2013, 5:18 pm

As someone who is taking stock at what BMW is putting out over the next 6 months to figure out which one to get...this doesn't give me a great feeling.
It just doesn't look all that "fast" or "powerful" to me the way the E92 M3 looked over their 3 series counterparts.
I have a feeling for me...its going to come down to 435i M-Sport or lightly used M3 Coupe. Of course I do want to take a look at what the 235 brings to the table as well.

Also isn't M4 coupe now redundant?
mawana commented:
August 15, 2013, 5:29 pm

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Originally Posted by kunal_D View Post
This is spectacular! I love it!
Me too, it's such a beauty though I will stick to 4-doors!
glennQNYC commented:
August 15, 2013, 5:54 pm

Gotta say the Bimmerang looks much better in this iteration.
rdkind62 commented:
August 15, 2013, 5:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrispyKickz View Post
As someone who is taking stock at what BMW is putting out over the next 6 months to figure out which one to get...this doesn't give me a great feeling.
It just doesn't look all that "fast" or "powerful" to me the way the E92 M3 looked over their 3 series counterparts.
I have a feeling for me...its going to come down to 435i M-Sport or lightly used M3 Coupe. Of course I do want to take a look at what the 235 brings to the table as well.

Also isn't M4 coupe now redundant?
I'm right there with you.
hh3uunp commented:
August 15, 2013, 7:03 pm

Looks like a car a person buys to compensate for something. I do like it. I'm sure BMW will make it a bit less edgy before its into production
Db750 commented:
August 15, 2013, 7:36 pm

I think it looks absolutely incredible, and is the most exciting thing I have seen from BMW in a while. Now I just look forward to hearing more about the performance, engine, and weight.
unit commented:
August 15, 2013, 8:08 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrispyKickz View Post

Also isn't M4 coupe now redundant?
It technically is redundant until the release of the M4 Gran Coupe. (Because BMW knows that people need coupes and four doors at the same time.)
FCBayernFTW commented:
August 15, 2013, 11:20 pm

I love it!

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krash commented:
August 15, 2013, 11:56 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by WWONG View Post
They over-styled WAY too much. Looks like a mess. The E92 was such a beauty.
krash commented:
August 15, 2013, 11:57 pm

I'm really digging that color. Sort of out of character for me to like something like that, but nonetheless, I really like it a lot.
JoeFromPA commented:
August 16, 2013, 8:58 am

I'm very excited about this concept. Yes, the lower front air dam, side skirts, side detailing, and rear lower detailing is too much.

However, the hood looks great, the headlight gel for me, and the middle and upper rear end looks great.

I can't overstress the rear end. Besides the overly fussy lower outer corners in the concept, the taillights and trunk look aggressive and attractive. Considering BMW has basically made a complete mess of their rear ends on 3 series since 2006 (with the exception of 2009-2011 e90s getting alot better), this is a really nice looking concept in that area.
Snareman commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:18 pm

They need to put out some more dark, can't really see the car pics.
pix335i commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:48 pm

We now have a ton more photos of the Concept M4 from the world premiere last night in Pebble Beach. See the full M4 gallery now here:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-photos...-pebble-beach/

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach

BMW M4 Concept Reveal at Pebble Beach
Snareman commented:
August 16, 2013, 12:53 pm

Wow, not sure what's going on with those front lower corners. And that black whatever its called along the bottom needs to go away. Might look ok without that. And, perhaps they could have come out with it in an uglier color. Its like that silver 435 with the red seats they keep toting around. The car probably looks better in a more reasonable color.
joemcg commented:
August 16, 2013, 9:52 pm

Really enjoyed the article on the M4 concept coupe......
3284me commented:
August 17, 2013, 5:58 am

http://youtu.be/V4ar1w-2lg0
kpgray commented:
August 17, 2013, 8:37 am

STUNNING !!!!!!
Lexx330 commented:
August 17, 2013, 10:59 pm

It's not bad other than the straight line across the front end between hood and grille.. throws it off completely! need to change that..

Exhaust covered in carbon fiber housing is interesting..

LEX.