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      11-08-2012, 03:45 AM   #1
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It's been months since we last spied the 2014 4 Series (F32) Coupe, but here it is, in production form and nearly fully uncovered! What we see is a sleek sports coupe version of the F30 sedan which resembles a smaller 6 Series. This particular 4 Series coupe was captured while being loaded to be transported to an internal presentation. And yes, we are now certain that it will come to market as the "4 Series."

BODY

Compared to the current E92 3 Series coupe, the F32 features a sleeker roofline with a more fastback shaped tail end (though not nearly as dramatic as something like the Audi A7). The rear quarter windows have been elongated and end beautifully a more angular and sleeker hofmeister kink. See the comparison photo below between the F32 and E92 side profiles.

The most prominent styling embellishment visible so far is the front quarter panel vent, which not only adds a sporty visual flair, but also appears to be an actual functional vent. The F32 shares the same side mirrors as the F30.

This is a 435i (or 440i) Sport Line model and the visible parts of the front bumper show differences from the F30 Sport Line front bumper. There is a more prominent center U shaped trim piece which dips down from the inside of the air vents and forms a prominent lip below the license plate area. It also looks to be either black or carbon fiber. We've circled it in a close up image below.

As for the kidney grilles, we have already seen what shape the F32's kidney grilles will take (see previous spy photo). They will be wider and sleeker shaped compared to the F30 sedan. The headlights are expected to be a sleeker version of the F30 headlights, and also connecting with the grilles, as on the F30.

This car wears 19" M Sport Wheels (Style 403M) and runs 225 tires up front with 255 rear tires. The F32 435i/440i's brakes match that of the F30 335i - fixed M Sport calipers in front (4 piston) and floating rear calipers (1 piston).

POWERTRAIN

The 428i Coupe and Convertible will be powered by the same 2.0L twin turbo inline 4 as the F30, but the 435i (or 440i) may very well usher in the successor to the current N55 twin turbo inline 6 engine. Both engines will be available with either a manual transmission or 8-speed automatic, and both should also be available with xDrive.

TIMELINE

The F32 4 Series Coupe will begin production in July 2013 and the F33 Convertible's production will follow in November 2013. A concept 4 Series is reportedly headed for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.

4 SERIES LINEUP

The 4 Series is the coupe variant to the current F30 3 Series sedan. There will no longer be a "3 Series Coupe" model. It should be positioned and priced in lineup just as the 6 Series Coupe is positioned in the 5/6 Series lineup.

Joining the F32 4 Series coupe and F33 4 Series convertible will be a four door "coupe" styled variant to be called 4 Series Gran Coupe (the F36) which should be positioned and priced in lineup just as the 6 Series Gran Coupe is positioned in the 5/6 Series lineup. See our recent spy photos of the F36.

There will be an M4 (F82) version based off the 4 Series coupe and there will also surely be M Performance Automobiles spawned off the F30 3 Series and F32 4 Series lineups (in the form of M335i, M435i, M340i, or M440i, etc..)

With the introduction of these models, the following will be the future 3/4 Series:

Summary:

F30 = 3 Series Sedan
F31 = 3 Series Touring
F32 = 4 Series Coupe
F33 = 4 Series Convertible
F34 = 3 Series GT
F35 = 3 Series Li (Long Wheelbase)
F36 = 4 Series Gran Coupe



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VIDEO: 4 Series coupe prototype in testing action on the Nurburgring


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That looks amazing!
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that thing on the fender, to me, looks out of place... it doesnt flow with anything on the body. smh
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that thing on the fender is just out of place and does not flow with anything on the body. smh
Disagree. I like that extra sporty touch! And differentiates the 4 series from the 3 series.

I wonder what the M4 will feature in that front fender area then.
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can't wait...dam that looks good...
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Wow, so exciting
Somebody that's good at Photoshopping can probably easily create a realistic idea of the rear because those line are nice and clear.

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Fender vent in black =
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The fender piece does look questionable but you can already tell the front end of this thing will look way better than the non msport F30.

Anyone notice how big that dude is driving the car? lol

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using the side skirt like on e90 sucks. it should be like on e92 going into the back fender a bit. looks so much better like that. this is like a piece of wood stuck on the bottom...
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I must be going blind but reminds me of the Merc class coupe. Particularly the rear 3/4 shots.
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The fender piece does look questionable but you can already tell the front end of this thing will look way better than the non msport F30.

Anyone notice how big that dude is driving the car? lol

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haha yeah that guys is huge. i was thinking did they make this car smaller
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I like it so far! The front bumper, also the line on the profile makes the car look more aggressive than E92!!

But I am not so sure about the side vent...
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FINALLY!

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Is it just me or does the hood look un-proportionately short.

It may just be the camo and angle though.
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that thing on the fender, to me, looks out of place... it doesnt flow with anything on the body. smh
...And I'm willing to bet it stays. When the F10 M5 concept was released in concept form, there were more than a few people who were not pleased about the GM-like chrome grille on the fender and were hoping that it was just a concept design. I'm actually a fan of the design, makes it more sporty and separates it from the 3-Series, but not a fan how it's not colored the same as the body as it is on the 6-Series.

While the 6-Series is a good looking car and will translate nicely to the 4-Series (seriously, how odd does it look to see "435i" and "440i"?), I'm disappointed that BMW has followed Mercedes/Audi where models become derivatives of each other (X6 = X4, 6-Series = 4-Series). But I guess the more models you have, the less time you have to actually to design a car independent of other cars in the line up (E90 vs. E92).

One thing I'm already a fan of is the overall body/shape/stance, it looks far more sporty than the E92 that looks more luxury when compared to the F32 just like the F30 when compared to the E90.
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440i, sounds really terrible in chinese.
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i could see myself in a 440i
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that thing on the fender, to me, looks out of place... it doesnt flow with anything on the body. smh
Yep, a lot of extra black trim in the front and back bumpers too. I bet this car will look much better in black so it all blends in better.
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Is it me, or does it look smaller than the E92?
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Wow, nice.

Congrats on landing those pics too, Jason.

Now who will be first to electronically undress this gal and give us a look at her in full glory?
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That shoulder line looks very 1er-ish.
Wonder how the 2-series is gonna look like.
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