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BMW reveals M4 concept


NOW THIS is a car that will have people talking for decades - the BMW M4 Coupé. The internet is already abuzz with comments on its name, which is a sin to some and a breath of fresh air to others.

By now we know all about the BMW number debacle. The 3 Series Coupé will no longer be known as such. The two-door version of the sedan will henceforth be known as the 4 Series. It’s simple, easy and not that hard to grasp, really.

So the M4 is the hardcore Motorsport version of the new 4 Series Coupé. At the moment it’s still only a concept, but test mules are already doing laps around the Nürburgring. A four-door version has been spotted as well, so we expect and M3 to make its debut shortly as well.

At the moment there is no news on the thing we most want to know about: the engine. We know it has six cylinders and that it will have loads of power on tap, but other than that we have nothing.

We do have a few scraps of information on the styling of the M4 Concept, most of which will (hopefully) syphon through to the production model.

The front end features the classic BMW double kidney grille (with M4 badging) and a modern interpretation of the twin headlamps, which will feature LED technology, making it instantly recognisable as a BMW M so other road users can get out of the way.

The bonnet has the obligatory power dome, while the front apron features a carbon-fibre splitter. Three large air intakes complete the aggressive front end of the Concept Coupé.

The side view is dominated by muscular wheel arches filled with a full 20 inches of M light alloys. Look closely behind the five double-spoke alloy wheels and you’ll note the M Carbon ceramic brakes.

BMW says the rear end gives a visual indication of the M4’s supreme power. The horizontal lines, flat tail lights and spoiler accentuate the car’s width, which lowers the visual centre of gravity. The rear apron also houses the characteristic twin tailpipes and a carbon-fibre rear diffuser.

These various design elements hint at that it will be a proper performance car for hairy chested men.


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