The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. Aesthetics, dynamics, individuality.
Munich. BMW presents the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.
The latest generation of the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible leads
the way worldwide in the premium mid-range coupe and convertible
market. Indeed few, if any, rivals have made such a defining impact on
this segment in terms of design, dynamics and efficiency.
Now, with the unveiling of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe, BMW is
looking ahead to the fourth generation of its sporty mid-range coupe –
and reasserting its global leadership credentials in the process. The
"4" – a sign of greater exclusivity and presence. The BMW
Concept 4 Series Coupe adds a new dimension to the qualities of the
BMW 3 Series Coupe in terms of aesthetics, dynamics and elegance. The
"4" doesn't just mark the start of a new cycle, it
represents the zenith of
a development curve. BMW has given the new model its own individual
character and a standalone design – and, in so doing, has turned
"4" into segment shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal.
The latest addition to a nomenclature that sees BMW building on the
fine tradition of its large
BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes, the "4" stands for
greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer
differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.
The design: a development curve reaches its zenith.
The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe allows the driver to experience the
Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft of this new, sporting and elegant
generation of car in the lap of contemporary luxury. An array of
high-quality details provide an exclusive showcase for the car's
perfectly balanced coupe proportions. Inside, the expertise of BMW
Individual, skilled handcraftsmanship and carefully selected materials
combine to create a supreme interior. The role of BMW Individual in
the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe's development clearly underlines the
brand's commitment to challenging itself constantly in pursuit of
Lower and wider stance sharpens dynamics before a wheel is turned.
The dimensions of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe imbue the car with a
dynamic presence even when it is standing still. The wheelbase (2,810
mm) is 50 millimetres longer than that of the existing 3 Series Coupe,
while 45 mm has been added to the front track (1,545 mm) and 80 mm to
the rear track (1,593 mm). At 1,826 mm wide, the BMW Concept 4 Series
Coupe is 44 mm broader than its predecessor, its roof line is 16 mm
lower (1,362 mm) and it is also longer (4,641 mm) – all of which makes
for exceptionally dynamic proportions.
Perfection in proportions.
A BMW Coupe is surrounded by a halo of fascination, and one glance
tells the observer all he needs to know about the driving experience
on offer. The elegant lines and athletic surface interplay of the BMW
Concept 4 Series Coupe embody the qualities and expertise of BMW
design and shine out through its sporting silhouette. The car's
proportions also fit the familiar BMW template: its long wheelbase,
long sweeping bonnet, set-back passenger compartment and short
overhangs propel the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe forwards even before
its engine stirs into life. At the same time, its stretched
proportions exude a very athletic elegance – the rear wheel arches
mark the widest point of the car, emphasising the point – and taut
lines and surfaces etch emotion and precision into the body. The
Coupe's sophisticated detailing also captures the imagination on
closer inspection. Functional elements such as air intakes and vents,
door openers and exterior mirrors are given a stylistic lift by classy
satin-finish aluminium accents. The exceptional dedication of the
designers in achieving the right look for each particular function is
evident in every one of these details.
Precision and sportiness in the front seats.
Precise contours and multifaceted surfaces define the striking face of
the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. The hallmark BMW front-end features,
notably the kidney grille and twin circular headlights, have a slim,
sporty design and ensure the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is immediately
recognisable as a BMW. The front-end design displays a clear link with
the BMW 3 Series family, but its sporting take on the theme
accentuates the dynamic leanings of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.
The new concept car lavishes both front-end design icons with
meticulous detail and three-dimensional depth. The kidney grille is
closed off in the interests of optimising aerodynamics and keeping
fuel consumption low, and the areas between the elaborately designed,
satin-finish grille slats are blanked off by dark surfaces.
The full-LED headlights are a hexagonal, extremely technical-looking
take on the customary BMW twin circular design. The dynamically
chiselled, slimmer interpretation of this iconic design cue integrates
seamlessly into the front end. The design of the headlights adopts the
link between the lights and kidney grille familiar from the BMW 3
Series and takes it to the next level, rendering this connection
visible in darkness as well. An optical fibre leads out from the inner
headlight tube and forms a visual link between the inner headlight and
the kidney grille. In so doing, it gives the front end of the Coupe an
even broader look.
The most eye-catching feature of the car's nose beyond the familiar
BMW kidney grille and twin circular headlights is the large air intake
in the front apron. Its wide opening hints at the extra air required
by the powerful engines and guides the eye around to the muscular
flared wheel arches. The two vent surrounds on either side of the
intake replicate the contours of the hexagonal headlight graphics to
lend the front end an even wider and more sporting look. Three
strikingly sculptured, satin-finish aluminium trim elements in the
intake provide added presence. Eye-catching and extremely
width-accentuating, they give the aperture a sporty three-way split.
The sides of the two flanking vents are of differing thickness and
lend the front end a particularly dynamic appearance. At the same
time, they mark off specific areas of the intake for brake and oil
cooling and for the Air Curtain. This EfficientDynamics feature
channels the incoming air around the outside of the wheels, ensuring
the airflow "hugs" the wheel arches and fuel consumption is
noticeably reduced as a consequence.
A side order of power and elegance.
Flowing, typically BMW proportions and a stretched silhouette define
the athletically elegant side view of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe,
with elongated lines and expressively contoured surfaces providing a
lively interplay of light and shadow. The gently downward-sloping
roofline – a classic coupe feature – creates a smooth transition into
the rear, stretches the overall appearance of the car and takes the
elegant route to accentuating the sporting appeal of the car's flanks.
The side windows also adhere to the slim and stretched theme. The
striking exterior mirrors extend organically out of the shoulderline
and provide another example of the eye for detail which allows
aerodynamic function to be integrated neatly and with emotional appeal
into the car's form. The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe boasts elegantly
moulded shoulders, and surfaces and volumes blend harmoniously as the
roof slopes down into the rear. The result is a sporty C-pillar
design, which merges flawlessly into the sleek silhouette.
Below the side windows, the "double swage line" familiar
from the BMW 3 Series range lends the car a dynamic sense of forward
The shadowed surface above the rear wheel shrinks significantly below
the swage line. This accentuates the muscular contours around the rear
wheels, emphasising the car's dynamic flair and hallmark BMW
The Air Breather, an aerodynamically effective aperture behind the
front wheels, offers another pointer to the sophisticated aerodynamics
of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe. It draws a dynamic path between the
two light surfaces of the car's flanks, replicating the prominent form
of the stylistic front-end elements. The Air Breather brings together
the priorities of BMW EfficientDynamics and time-honoured BMW design,
and works in tandem with the Air Curtain in the front apron to ensure
an effective reduction in drag around the wheels. Exclusive 20-inch
light-alloy wheels add the finishing touches to the car's dynamically
elegant silhouette. Their sophisticated, prominently three-dimensional
multi-spoke design underscores their air of sporting elegance.
Broad, sporty stance at the rear.
The sporting character of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe continues in
the low-slung design of the rear. The prominent horizontal lines and
stretched tail lights positioned at the outer edges of the rear draw
extra attention to the muscular wheel arches and wide track. The
design of the rear window has a lowering effect on the car's tail and
gives the body as a whole an even more powerful look. It also shows
off the car's broad shoulders with satisfying clarity. The horizontal
lines of the rear end frame a subtle three-dimensionality, while a
tightly structured concave indent in the rear creates shadowed
surfaces and gives the car a forward-surging energy. This contrasting
interplay of light and shadow brings extra vivacity to the rear end.
The L-shaped rear lights of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe blend
harmoniously into the car's overall design. They continue the path of
the swage line to the side and are absorbed as an integral part of the
exterior design. The tail lights taper in towards the centre of the
rear end, but flare out powerfully towards the outer edges,
underlining the Coupe's broad, squat stance on the road. The inner
elements of the rear lights recall a sculpture of contorted surfaces.
A full-sized light element here reproduces the signature BMW
"double L" in three-dimensional form and with impressive
depth. While the emitting surfaces shine brightly, those at the back
are rather darker, rendering the strong sense of three-dimensionality
visible when the lights are hot as well.
The most striking element of the rear end is the bumper, in which a
clearly defined trim element in satin-finish aluminium provides a
classy lower edge as the car drops down towards the road. The trim
element adopts a similar three- way split to the front air intake, but
in a width-emphasising form. It picks up the two exhaust tailpipes in
a dynamic sweep at the outer edges of the rear apron before diverting
the gaze to the wheels. Small upturns next to the tailpipes lend
additional dynamic flair and finesse.
Interior bathed in subtle beauty.
The interior of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe follows the traditional
BMW recipe, blending sportiness and exclusivity stylishly into a
single package. The interior wraps around the driver in typically BMW,
driver-focused style. The most important controls for driving the car
are grouped ergonomically around the driver to ensure all functions
are within the easiest possible reach. The "layering"
approach – whereby volumes are arranged into layers through the clever
use of lines and surfaces – underlines the dynamic feeling inside the
BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.
This dynamic use of lines continues into the door design. All the
lines streak backwards towards the rear of the car, thus pulling the
focus of the interior clearly towards the front. At the same time,
clearly defined surfaces around the window sills and door trim panels
converge via the B-pillar into the rear in a tightly structured
horizontal movement and connect the front and rear compartments. The
arrangement of volumes around the doors, side walls and window sills
forms a kind of cocoon around the passengers and generates a sporty
and secure sense of space. Added to which, the strong contouring of
the rear seats makes them appear like two individual seats joined
together, emphasising once again the sporting instincts of the BMW
Concept 4 Series Coupe.
Craftsmanship, sustainability and technical refinement.
Developed by BMW Individual, the colour and materials design of the
BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is tailored precisely to the geometry of
the interior. The two-tone Black and Schiaparelli Brown trim provides
a particularly effective showcase for the interplay of forms in the
front cabin, and light contrast stitching adds a fresh touch to the
leather-covered surfaces. This exclusive trim consists of sustainably
tanned leather, which makes a convincing case for itself with its
natural feel and soft texture, as well as the environment-friendly
tanning process used to produce it.
The fine detailing of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe exterior is
continued inside the car, numerous elements of which reflect the
exceptional attention to detail with which the BMW Concept 4 Series
Coupe has been put together. As well as discreetly embossed "BMW
Individual" lettering on the seats and door sill strips, the
seats are also home to very special hand-braided leather trim
elements, which run vertically down the seats and enhance the
interior's feeling of class. The likewise leather-covered cup holders
also adopt the braiding theme, as do the floor mats.
A Natural Chestnut fine wood trim strip adds the finishing touch to
the exclusive interior. The combination of carefully selected,
high-grade materials, sophisticated details and the extensive use of
handcraftsmanship fills the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe with an
ambience defined by contemporary luxury. The Liquid Metal Silver
exterior colour developed exclusively for the concept car shows off
its expressive exterior design to excellent effect and injects an
extra dose of energy into the interplay of contours and surfaces.
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