First Impressions of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe at Pebble Beach

by Mark Jurista on August 16, 2013, 4:04 pm
BMW M4 Concept Shown off at Pebble Beach

Last night, we were fortunate enough to be at the World Premiere of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe that was held in Pebble Beach. After having seen the first photos in the press release, I wasn't convinced that the car was going to be as unique or special over the standard 4 Series - especially when you take into account the 4 Series M Performance Parts that will be arriving for the car in the not too distant future.

BMW M4 Concept Shown off at Pebble Beach

Once the cover came off of the M4 Concept, all those doubts that I had were left in the dust because the car was almost screaming to you just how special it was. You can look at the obvious flared fenders and carbon fiber treatments to have a quick sense of this being an M car or you can look deeper at options like the Carbon Ceramic brakes that are tucked in behind the massive M double spoke wheels. One of my biggest complaints on the standard 4 Series has been the continued use of the "standard" BMW mirrors that are a bit boxy and it was a big relief to see some styled mirrors finally appearing on this M concept car.

BMW M4 Concept Shown off at Pebble Beach

You are probably asking just how much this car is going to differ from the production version, right? Based on history with the E92 M3 concept car - what you see today in the concept version is likely to be nearly identical to the production version. We didn't get 100% confirmation of this from BMW but they did give the impression that there won't be many changes in the production model.

At the end of the day, I have to say that I think the M division got this one right in the design aspect. They put together a car that will stand out from the crowd and give some M owners a reason to considering upgrading their car. What we don't have an answer for yet is arguably what matters most - what is going to power the M4, what is it going to weigh and how is it going to handle?

BMW M4 Concept Shown off at Pebble Beach

Rumors continue to peg the M4 as being powered by an inline 6 with twin turbos pushing out somewhere between 425 and 450 horsepower and roughly 400 lb-ft of torque. If this can be combined with weight savings from the use of lightweight components to shed a few hundred pounds, the M4 might be able to make everyone upset about the name chnage forget about it and embrace the future.

The M4 Coupe has arrived and this first showing of the exterior design gives a lot of hope for the future of the car. Let's just hope that the M division comes through on the driving experience that M cars are expected to have given their long history. We will know more later this year and are likely to see production versions of the car in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show.

If you have any questions or what clarification on anything, let me know. Details were few and far between on the car at this point but you never know.

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7 responses to First Impressions of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe at Pebble Beach

BiHoTTo115 commented:
August 16, 2013, 4:10 pm

I want it.

It's so freaking slick.
bigscore commented:
August 16, 2013, 9:55 pm

The new M4 is going to destroy the RS5
jdauria commented:
August 19, 2013, 11:13 am

amazing they can put out 425-450hp with an inline six.
ekbimmer commented:
August 21, 2013, 4:28 am

Lower profile, wider stance, lighter weight, higher whp ... looks angry ... no fiercely determined! Nostrils on power hump exchanged for serious air cowling likely for feeding those twin turbos and cooling after-effects and it's grown a pair of gills that lead off nicely sculpted side panels. Back end perfectly complements front from all angles I've seen. I really like how that compound curvy wider back end works with the compound curvy spoiler. There's a lot going on here. This M4 is going to be fun, fast and furious .. some beach!
JoeFromPA commented:
August 21, 2013, 10:11 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by jdauria View Post
amazing they can put out 425-450hp with an turbochargedinline six.
Fixed that for you. This is solidly within the envelope of production car output given forced induction. As a comparison, Mitsubishi has been putting out this level of output for over 10 years in their 2.0 liter 4-cyl turbo charged Evo's.

I'm excited for it as it'll be the first M3 with the torque of a real v8 (no offense to the e9x, but it was not a torquey motor by feel).

I also hope they really represent a great level of efficiency on this m3 and can avoid the gas guzzler tax.
Al Bundy commented:
August 21, 2013, 3:48 pm

I don't know what my problem is, but I still cant get past the hood line. The tail lights don't do much for me but I don't dislike them either.

Everything else about the design has me running the numbers to see how soon I can finance this thing
pix335i commented:
August 21, 2013, 3:50 pm

The hood line has bugged me in all of the newer models in one way or another but when viewing the M4 in person - you just don't notice it all that much. Honestly, the car really looks good. I would be counting pennies for one if I didn't want a 4 door back in the garage. I am very much interested to see how the M3 Sedan looks though or even an M4 Gran Coupe