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      09-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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The French auto magazine l'Argus strip away the camouflage for a very realistic view of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe [recent spy photos].

The stylish four door is effectively a four door variant of the Coupe but with a slightly extended wheelbase and elongated roof structure which increases the height from the standard Coupe in order to accommodate reasonable headroom. Here you can see exactly what is hiding behind the camouflaged rear panels that cover the aperture of the rear door. And in true classic BMW four door sense the hofmeister kink is part of the door.

Taking its cue from the BMW 6er Gran Coupe. The 4er Gran Coupe aims to bring dynamic styling , Sports-proficient handling, performance and high standard of luxury and individuality to the entry segment.

The 6er and the 4er Gran Coupe models could possibly be joined by a 2er Gran Coupe currently undergoing marketing assessment and evaluation.

Extending the look of the forthcoming 2er Coupe, again with a more sleeker rounded roofline and short ovehangs at the front and rear.


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Wow, I really like that. My brain couldn't really make a good visual, from the mules we've seen. Now I really that.

Starting to wonder just how sweet an M4 Gran Coupe would look!
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      09-02-2012, 12:11 AM   #4
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The French auto magazine l'Argus strip away the camouflage for a very realistic view of the BMW 4er Gran Coupe.

The stylish four door is effectively a four door variant of the Coupe but with a slightly extended wheelbase and elongated roof structure which increases the height from the standard Coupe in order to accomodate reasonable headroom.
Here you can see exactly what is hiding behind the camouflaged rear panels that cover the aperature of the rear door. And in true classic BMW four door sense the hofmeister is part of the door.

Taking its cue from the BMW 6er Gran Coupe. The 4er Gran Coupe aims to bring dynamic styling , Sports-proficient handling, performance and high standard of luxury and individuality to the entry segment.

The 6er and the 4er Gran Coupe models could possibly be joined by a 2er Gran Coupe currently undergoing marketing assessement and evaluation.
Extending the look of the forthcoming 2er Coupe, again with a more sleeker rounded roofline and short ovehangs at the front and rear.
I love the Zagato-ish rear.
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Hot!
First render I actually like.
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Which one is the real one ??

The Prototype ?? or the French Photoshop ??

One isn't promising, the other is damn Sexy !

but neither look like each other...
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ummm...2 questions. 1. Why did they even bother with making the sedan? 2. Why do the recent coupe renderings look so terrible? If these are accurate reflections then BMW deserves another, "Figure it out, BMW!"
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Much nicer than the 3 sedan.
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      09-06-2012, 11:24 AM   #11
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Which one is the real one ??

The Prototype ?? or the French Photoshop ??

One isn't promising, the other is damn Sexy !

but neither look like each other...
Yeah the render looks NOTHING like the mule... the proportions are totally different.
The render actually upon further reflection just a stretched stock image of the 2012 328i Luxury.
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Now that they're producing a 4-Grand Coupe... maybe they will conside a coupe version of the F30
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ummm...2 questions. 1. Why did they even bother with making the sedan? 2. Why do the recent coupe renderings look so terrible? If these are accurate reflections then BMW deserves another, "Figure it out, BMW!"
Agree. Why bother to make this car? It looks nice but coupe means 2-door!
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If it's going to be like the photoshop it will be the most beautiful BMW 'en profil in years....

This is not going to happen...

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Not bad.. Glad I ordered my 335i sedan now though before these start rolling out. I am not a fan of the 4-door coupe era.

They look elegant and stylish for sure, it's just too crossover-ish for me. The roofline looks really silly. If I needed the space I'd probably get an X3 or another brand's mid-range SUV.
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That is going to be a sexy beast. The F86 M4GC is going to be even sexier.

Scott, just nudge the bean counters to approve the 2GC already.

I can't wait for both of these.
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Coupe doesnt always equal 2 door. Just lower rear roof line.

Look at the VW CC. Four door coupe that has been around.

Still will get an F30 since I have kids.
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Not bad.. Glad I ordered my 335i sedan now though before these start rolling out. I am not a fan of the 4-door coupe era.

They look elegant and stylish for sure, it's just too crossover-ish for me. The roofline looks really silly. If I needed the space I'd probably get an X3 or another brand's mid-range SUV.
The GC cars have less space than the sedans they slot in above. They're not meant to be utilitarian -- they're supposed to sacrifice a little bit of space and usability for style. The crossover cars that add a bit more room (at the expense of style) are the GT models like the 3GT and 5GT.
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The GC cars have less space than the sedans they slot in above. They're not meant to be utilitarian -- they're supposed to sacrifice a little bit of space and usability for style. The crossover cars that add a bit more room (at the expense of style) are the GT models like the 3GT and 5GT.
I see your point. So why are there four doors? If I recall correctly, the 6 Gran Coupe, with it's extended roofline, is a joke in the rear seats and can't really seat people comfortably back there (with regards to headroom).

It's purely for style then? The 4 doors that is.


I think I'm missing something

The panamara, for example, makes sense with regards to its design. It's a wagon; like the F31. But the unrealistically proportioned 4-door "coupes" - I just don't get it.
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Prototype has side windows without frames, but render is different. (B-pillar is off).
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I think it will be very cannibalistic to either coupe or sedan. It will be very interesting to see how much true incremental sales BMW will deliver with it.
I don't think it will. The sedan will not lose sales to it due to its higher price tag. There are still non enthusiasts who are going to like how it looks but not want to justify an extra 5k just for the looks. They will stick with the sedan. Then most people that want a coupe are going to want a real coupe with two doors, once again just for the look. People who come in looking for a coupe in the first place are not worried about seating four people. This is why they are even in the market for a coupe.

What i think will happen is it will create a new market and be either a slow/hot seller on its own. time will tell
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