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      12-14-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Spied: BMW 428i Coupe Test Mule

Yesterday, we brought you photos of the 4 Series Coupe M Sport in testing, and to that we now add photos of the 428i prototype in FEP stage of testing.

The 428i Coupe and Convertible will be powered by the same 2.0L twin turbo inline 4 (N20 engine) as the F30. The N20 engine has just been named one of the 10 best engines by the 2013 Ward's 10 Best Engines List.

The F32 4 Series coupe production begins July 2013 for deliveries starting late summer - early Fall of 2013.

Catch all our BMW 4 Series coverage/updates @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/4-series/


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      12-14-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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Compare to the 435i / 440i M Sport from yesterday:


























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      12-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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If this is close to the final production model, all is good.
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If this is close to the final production model, all is good.
FEP (final evaluation) stage means very close to production.
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      12-14-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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How much time was there between the F30 FEP spy pics and official introduction?
Maybe that could be an indication on when the 4 series coupe will be anounced.
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How much time was there between the F30 FEP spy pics and official introduction?
Maybe that could be an indication on when the 4 series coupe will be anounced.
4 Series coupe production begins in July and deliveries start late Summer - early Fall, so look for official introduction/reveal for it to come in the Spring-Summer 2013. Just a few months away.
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Slightly disappointing. M concept translated to the product models pretty spot on. I didn't expect that crazy bumper wheels or interior from the concept the make it but am highly disappointed the headlights did not with the broken off inner corona ring to the grill! Moreover the concept looked much wider and more athletic... hope final car won't just be a "2-door 3" since they gave it a new name!
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I'm afraid I want the 4 series concept, nothing else will do... and the 435i version please... unless you're going to do a bigger engine in it BMW? eh? please?
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Slightly disappointing. M concept translated to the product models pretty spot on. I didn't expect that crazy bumper wheels or interior from the concept the make it but am highly disappointed the headlights did not with the broken off inner corona ring to the grill!
These are probably the stock headlights (xenon) and it's good the angel eyes are squared off, unlike the 6 Series which has old round angel eyes on its xenon headlights! Like the 6er, the 4er should get optional LED headlights + 3D angel eyes like the related Concept, i.e. hexagonal and linked to the grill

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Are those LED brake lights?
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These are probably the stock headlights (xenon) and it's good the angel eyes are squared off, unlike the 6 Series which has old round angel eyes on its xenon headlights! Like the 6er, the 4er should get optional LED headlights + 3D angel eyes like the respective Concept, i.e. hexagonal and linked to the grill
Still it doesnt have LED turn signal and LED brake light tail light, which is disappointing. E92 got that, so in that area, its step backward.


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Are those LED brake lights?
Looks like it doesn't have..

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so much for those sick concept front lights....
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Still it doesnt have LED turn signal and LED brake light tail light, which is disappointing. E92 got that, so in that area, its step backward.




Looks like it doesn't have..
Are you a new BMW owner? It's always been like this for the 3 series... Dotted LED tail lights are for LCI models.

FYI: Those covered up taillights are already LED, just no dotted break lights.
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Are you a new BMW owner? It's always been like this for the 3 series... Dotted LED tail lights are for LCI models.

FYI: Those covered up taillights are already LED, just no dotted break lights.
We are in 2012, 4 series will be released in 2013, so I would expect newer technology than outgoing 3 Coupe had in 2006. Looking at spy photos, it will have same tail light technology as 3 Coupe in 2006 and older than 3 Coupe in 2010.

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That black 428 looks like it has the led tail lights but not the red 435/440 so it must be part of a full LED option like with the 6 series... am I right anyone?
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It's starting to sound a little bit, like BMW may have shot themselves in the pinky toe. Some people want that concept!
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We are in 2012, 4 series will be released in 2013, so I would expect newer technology than outgoing 3 Coupe had in 2006. Looking at spy photos, it will have same tail light technology as 3 Coupe in 2006 and older than 3 Coupe in 2010.
Ya... I totally agree with you on that.
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Maybe BMW should make a special 4 Series Coupe Concept Edition for consumers....
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That black 428 looks like it has the led tail lights but not the red 435/440 so it must be part of a full LED option like with the 6 series... am I right anyone?
I think that tail lights are same on both cars. LED are only red strips, while looks like that brake lights and turn signals got regular bulbs. Same had e92 pre-LCI, while e92 LCI received LED brake lights and LED turn signals. Full LED tail lights got 7, 6, 5 series and outgoing 3 coupe / cabrio LCI.

Im sure 4 will be great car, but Im disappointed that small details like full LED tail lights are missing and that makes car less special and premium.
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