BMW reveals official pictures of its thinly disguised M4 Coupe in ‘concept’ form ahead of its reveal at this weekend’s Concours D’Elegance. Carhoots have the details.
Yesterday we showed you a single picture of BMW’s new M4 concept car which was leaked by a sneaky Belgian motoring site. To be honest we were a bit skeptical as to whether the image was indeed legitimate, but today we had some confirmation from BMW who officially revealed the new M4 Concept by placing lots of pretty pictures of the new M3 Coupe replacement on the Interwebs.
BMW are calling this a concept car but honestly, 99% of this is the production car, the only details that we mightn’t see on the actual M4 are those carbon fiber wrapped exhaust tips. So from this point on the beautiful M4 ‘Concept’ will be referred to as, simply, the M4. OK?
As we suspected the M4’s aggressive front bumper is a similar item to that found on the 4 Series M Performance line model, albeit with larger air intakes to feed the more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine and a tasty carbon fiber splitter. Indeed the M4 will ditch the screaming 4.0liter naturally aspirated V8 of the current M3 Coupe, but BMW’s recent teaser video confirms that the M4 will still produce some fruity noises, and crucially it’ll develop quite a bit more power (around 450hp), so all is well.
Apart from the sharp chin, other styling bits that differentiate the M4 Coupe from lesser 4 Series models are the larger 20in wheels, there’s the ‘power dome’ bonnet bulge, the double bubble carbon fiber roof, an aggressive rear bumper housing quad pipes, more aerodynamic wing mirrors, and those big gapping gills in each of the front fenders to cool the larger brakes. Flared wheel arches to give the M4 an aggressive stance and of course a smattering of M badges complete the package. If you look closely you’ll also see that the boot lid is new and features a subtle but functional ducktail spoiler. The taillights have been redesigned, too, apparently – they look pretty samey to us…
Naturally, the suspension has all been tinkered with to give the M4 more dynamic capability over the standard 4 Series, and three mode adjustable dampers will also be included. At the rear you’ll find the latest iteration of BMW M’s mechanical differential with torque vectoring sending drive through the rear wheels. Apparently a four-wheel drive version was considered, but the M department sternly rejected the idea because they like going sideways with great plumes of smoke pouring off the rear tyres – those nutcases.
Like the 4 Series – and the 3 Series which shares the same platform – the M4 will use an electro-mechanical steering system rather than a hydraulic one for the first time in the model’s history… Except the M4 has no real history. It’s the M3 Coupe that has never used an electric steering rack before. Why are you making this whole naming thing so difficult, BMW!? Anyway, this whole electric steering thing could prove to be controversial amongst grumpy old people who hate change and like to complain about literally everything because it isn’t ‘pure’, apparently. These same people are also going to be deeply irritated by the gearbox, which will be a 7 speed dual clutch system and apparently no manual transmission will be offered at all. If I’m honest, I find this a bit sad.
The M4 Concept will be unveiled at this weekend’s fancy Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, before the identical looking production version appears at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Stay tuned for the M4’s power and performance figures.
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)