Finally, BMW has unveiled the hotly anticipated M4 Coupe – the replacement of the M3 Coupe. Production version will be unveiled in January at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show, but until then fans will be able to see the concept model this week at the Pebble Beach.
It will hit the U.S. market before the second half of the year at about $93,000.
Sadly, the German automaker hasn’t unveiled any technical details, but most probably it will have a turbocharged (tri-turbos) inline-six engine that will develop close to 450hp. Yes, that’s about 36 more horses, so don’t expect this one to be slow. Torque is also tipped to be around 480lb ft, up 80lb ft on the outgoing M3’s V8. The new V6 engine will “launch” the new M4 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
“The BMW Concept M4 Coupe reflects the BMW M philosophy in ideal form: It combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept,” says Friedrich Nitschke, chairman of BMW’s managing board.
Bad news for some auto enthusiasts; for the first time BMW will not offer a manual transmission, just a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the same transmission found on the actual M5 and M6.
Drive will be sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. We understand that an all-wheel-drive X-Drive was in cards but at the end it was rejected by M. Considering this if the M4 will be rear-wheel-drive only we might see the M3 sedan with X-Drive? Some say yes …
That’s all we have for the moment. Check out inautonews during the Frankfurt Motor Show (starting Sept. 9) for more regarding the new M4 Coupe.