BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Spied Testing

by Mark Jurista on September 3, 2013, 1:06 pm
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 4 Series is here to stay and we now have some spy photos of the latest addition to that model line - the 4 Series Gran Coupe. If you prefer the coupe styling but simply want the convenience of 2 more doors, then this new car may just be what you have been looking for.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

While there is nothing official from BMW about the Gran Coupe, we would expect that the car will make it's debut sometime in 2014 as a 2015 model. The Gran Coupe will most likely be offered in the same model and engine line-up as the rest of the 4 Series offerings making your choice of car just that much harder.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Are you excited about the addition of a 4 Series Gran Coupe or do you think BMW has gone too far with their expansion of the product line?
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29 responses to BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Spied Testing

Dr. 328xi commented:
September 3, 2013, 1:23 pm

Personally, I'm holding out for the 3-door 431.5i xDrive gran coupe GT touring. Unless the 7-door, 9-passenger 492 sDrive X-Line grand tourer comes out first...

Seriously, though, didn't we get a whole story about the 4-series being about separating the coupe from the sedan? Now we have a 4-door again? The styling of these 4-door "coupes" is gorgeous, regardless of the brand, but I'm personally tired of hearing about a 4-door "coupe."

The word coupe should have more meaning than "slopier roofline" or whatever car manufacturers are doing lately...

EDIT: the sarcasm above should not belittle the fact that the car looks awesome. just maybe should have been a new 3-series...or something. not sure there was a need for a four-door BMW that slots between the 3er and 5er...
rdkind62 commented:
September 3, 2013, 1:51 pm

Personally, I think all of the Gran Coupe designs are ugly. And like Dr 328xi said above, why in the world do they call a 4 door car a coupe. Stupid idea and even worse in appearance.
samualcc commented:
September 3, 2013, 2:22 pm

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Originally Posted by rdkind62 View Post
Personally, I think all of the Gran Coupe designs are ugly. And like Dr 328xi said above, why in the world do they call a 4 door car a coupe. Stupid idea and even worse in appearance.
6 grande coupe looks fantastic in person, even more fun to drive.
Snareman commented:
September 3, 2013, 2:24 pm

Uh, yea, WTH? The car looks great, but I thought the idea was to SEPARATE the coupe and sedan lines, but now there is a 3 and 4 series sedan??
Dr. 328xi commented:
September 3, 2013, 2:31 pm

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Originally Posted by Snareman View Post
Uh, yea, WTH? The car looks great, but I thought the idea was to SEPARATE the coupe and sedan lines, but now there is a 3 and 4 series sedan??
Clearly we misunderstood. Obviously, a sedan is a stodgy old curmudgeon of a ride with four doors, while a coupe is a swoopy, stylized race car...with...four...doors...
chiefneil commented:
September 3, 2013, 2:32 pm

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Originally Posted by pix335i View Post
Are you excited about the addition of a 4 Series Gran Coupe or do you think BMW has gone too far with their expansion of the product line?
It would be more interesting if the 4-series Gran Coupe didn't look just like the 3-series Gran Coupe. MB does a much better job of distinguishing the coupes and "gran coupes" from their 4-door siblings, imho.

This is always how I imagine the conversation at BMW whenever I see a new 3-series coupe (with a little extra added for the GC version):

Hans: "Hey, let's make the coupe look almost exactly like the sedan again!"
Franz: "Great idea, and we'll change every single body panel so even though they look the same it'll cost us as much as a brand new design!"
Hans: "I have a great idea this time for something different. Let's take the coupe, which looks just like sedan, and make a hatchback sedan version based on the coupe version which looks just like the actual hatchback sedan version!"
Franz: "Two hatchback sedans that look almost identical! Hans you crazy mofo! Let's do it!"
elistan commented:
September 3, 2013, 3:20 pm

I prefer the 4 Series roofline to the 3 Series roofline. But when I'm purchasing a four-seat car, I want four doors to go with it, and the ability for two adults to sit back there comfortably. Therefore, I like the 4 Series Gran Coupe the best out of the 3/4 lineup. (Assuming the roof line and leg room in the back can actually accommodate a couple adults.)
Pat_X5 commented:
September 3, 2013, 3:32 pm

This looks like the 3GT - what makes it different as a 4 ?
HokieXDriver commented:
September 3, 2013, 3:38 pm

M4GC? Could go for that.
boramkiv commented:
September 3, 2013, 3:48 pm

Will there be an M4 GC?
boramkiv commented:
September 3, 2013, 3:50 pm

And I don't think they've gone too far, but if someone can explain the purpose of the 3 GT that would determine whether they've gone too far.
boltjaM3s commented:
September 3, 2013, 10:01 pm



The Gran Coupe is sooooooo my next car.

Anyone with kids knows why.

BJ
Pat_X5 commented:
September 4, 2013, 1:46 am

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Originally Posted by boramkiv View Post
And I don't think they've gone too far, but if someone can explain the purpose of the 3 GT that would determine whether they've gone too far.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....

I love the 3 GT !

Reason: between my coffin sized 335d and a spacious 535d.

This is PERFECT inbetween the two and get the best of both - interior space as a 5 series but the practicality of a 3 series.

I just wish the 4 Grand coupe had the height and headroom of the 3GT.
rdkind62 commented:
September 4, 2013, 9:49 am

I will retract my statement from earlier when I said the Gran Coupe was ugly. I was thinking at the time of the GT, which I still think is pretty ugly. The Gran Coupe is a nice looking car in the 6 series but still not something I would buy since I am addicted to real coupes.
EstorilF30 commented:
September 4, 2013, 10:17 am

Agree with everything that's been said.

The 3 series and 4 series are already so similar. I fail to see why we need a 4 door 4 series. What's next, a 2 door 3 series? Oh wait ...
Snareman commented:
September 4, 2013, 10:58 am

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Originally Posted by rdkind62 View Post
I will retract my statement from earlier when I said the Gran Coupe was ugly. I was thinking at the time of the GT, which I still think is pretty ugly. The Gran Coupe is a nice looking car in the 6 series but still not something I would buy since I am addicted to real coupes.
Nothing against those with the GT's, but I think they are kinda ugly too. That's why they have choices I guess.
lqaddict commented:
September 4, 2013, 12:02 pm

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Originally Posted by samualcc View Post
6 grande coupe looks fantastic in person, even more fun to drive.
+1000
Snareman commented:
September 4, 2013, 12:32 pm

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Originally Posted by lqaddict View Post
+1000
+1001
Dr. 328xi commented:
September 4, 2013, 2:00 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post

The Gran Coupe is sooooooo my next car.

Anyone with kids knows why.

BJ
I've got kids. No idea what you're referring to, though.

Great looking car, but don't know what having kids has to do with it - it's certainly not the best people hauler or family car in the BMW line-up (or even the 3/4 series).

Still a great looking car, but might as well just be a future 3er sedan - there is no such thing as a four door coupe, as evidenced by the gorgeous, sculpted sedan.
PK2348 commented:
September 4, 2013, 9:13 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post

The Gran Coupe is sooooooo my next car.

Anyone with kids knows why.

BJ
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Originally Posted by Dr. 328xi View Post
I've got kids. No idea what you're referring to, though.

Great looking car, but don't know what having kids has to do with it - it's certainly not the best people hauler or family car in the BMW line-up (or even the 3/4 series).

Still a great looking car, but might as well just be a future 3er sedan - there is no such thing as a four door coupe, as evidenced by the gorgeous, sculpted sedan.
Someone at the country club must have made a less than appealing comment regarding f30. Or BJ was mistaken for a waiter in the entry level sedan and asked to use the service driveway.
He needs a bimmer to get accepted at the club, so that his kids can date other rich kids.
3ismagic# commented:
September 4, 2013, 9:56 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


The Gran Coupe is sooooooo my next car.

Anyone with kids knows why.

BJ
BMW should just Axe the 3-series GT and sell this in its place. This fits the image of a true Grand Touring car much more than that fat-arsed BMW Aztek they are trying to sell.
QTC commented:
September 4, 2013, 9:58 pm

If it comes with a manual, color me interested. Looks great - eager to see it sans camo.
boltjaM3s commented:
September 5, 2013, 12:44 am

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Originally Posted by Dr. 328xi View Post
I've got kids. No idea what you're referring to, though.

Great looking car, but don't know what having kids has to do with it - it's certainly not the best people hauler or family car in the BMW line-up (or even the 3/4 series).

Still a great looking car, but might as well just be a future 3er sedan - there is no such thing as a four door coupe, as evidenced by the gorgeous, sculpted sedan.
The "kids" comment refers to those of us who lust for a Coupe but must have 4 doors for all those trips to soccer practice, travel baseball games, lacrosse, etc. and that's who this car is for.

My boys get less headroom but I get back into a Coupe for the first time in a decade. Go me. I love my F30, but it's not sleek by any means and there are so many of them out there and about to be millions more with the 320i Cheapskate Special. BMW is playing to the niches and the Gran Coupe is exactly my niche and they nailed it.

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
September 5, 2013, 12:47 am

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Originally Posted by PK2348 View Post
Someone at the country club must have made a less than appealing comment regarding f30. Or BJ was mistaken for a waiter in the entry level sedan and asked to use the service driveway.
He needs a bimmer to get accepted at the club, so that his kids can date other rich kids.
If you would have listened and put a few options on your F30 you wouldn't be so angry all the time. That's what happens when you put yourself into a car you really can't afford.

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
September 5, 2013, 12:49 am

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Originally Posted by 3ismagic# View Post
BMW should just Axe the 3-series GT and sell this in its place. This fits the image of a true Grand Touring car much more than that fat-arsed BMW Aztek they are trying to sell.
+1000

But then again, the GT is another niche car and though it isn't my niche I'm sure that some station wagon owner who wanted something more SUV-like is happy. Maybe just one though.

BJ
Dr. 328xi commented:
September 5, 2013, 9:12 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
The "kids" comment refers to those of us who lust for a Coupe but must have 4 doors for all those trips to soccer practice, travel baseball games, lacrosse, etc. and that's who this car is for.

My boys get less headroom but I get back into a Coupe for the first time in a decade. Go me. I love my F30, but it's not sleek by any means and there are so many of them out there and about to be millions more with the 320i Cheapskate Special. BMW is playing to the niches and the Gran Coupe is exactly my niche and they nailed it.

BJ
That makes sense. It certainly is a solid example of blending style and function. For me, while I realize it's in another pricing segment, the Audi A7 is the most impressive example of this type of styling. I definitely think they did a great job with this car, and it will certainly have its niche. I just feel that BMW may want to settle on a few niches and perfect them. Currently, their goal seems to be not only to fill as many niches as possible, but even to create niches to be filled...
Mark K commented:
September 5, 2013, 11:50 am

No need to ask why - choices are always a great thing. This is the only body style in F3x corral that piques my interest. I drove 6GC on UDE and left impressed with how opulent that car was, how good it was to seat in (deep, cockpit layout) and how good it looked when parked without even moving. Something about 4 doors not having any right to look that good is what makes it so attractive, I guess

Now, this said, I truly wish we would get only 3 series sedan and 3 series coupe, but then get all the choices in powertrain, exterior color and interior combinations plus unbundled options like Euros do. Ex: luxury line with sport seats picked as option

In either case, choices are good and this one seems to be better than most.
Technic commented:
September 5, 2013, 11:55 am

The reason the 6-Series Grand Coupe works is because it is just completely different than the 5-Series, inside and out. The exterior is great but the interior is what makes it a Grand car. That somewhat justifies the premium price.

The 4-Series Grand Coupe, if it comes with the same 3-/4-Series interior then Grand won't be.
samualcc commented:
September 5, 2013, 12:14 pm

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Originally Posted by Technic View Post
The reason the 6-Series Grand Coupe works is because it is just completely different than the 5-Series, inside and out. The exterior is great but the interior is what makes it a Grand car. That somewhat justifies the premium price.

The 4-Series Grand Coupe, if it comes with the same 3-/4-Series interior then Grand won't be.
I will give you this one for sure. The inside of the 6 series, with that gigantic LCD screen, is a wonderful place to be.