After four generations of the two-door BMW M3, it is time to say goodbye: The moniker will henceforth be reserved for the BMW's compact four-door sports sedan. The two-door M3—keep in mind that this is what started the cult 28 years ago—is history. But don't fret, those are just words. Say hello to the Concept M4 Coupe, the high-performance variant based on BMW's new 4-series. Yes, four, it’s what the company now calls the coupe version of the 3-series. Get over it.
The exterior of the Concept M4 is pleasantly distinguished from the standard 4-series. The front fascia is an aggressive evolution of former M GmbH chief designer Ulf Weidhase's previous-generation jet-engine look. The Air Curtain and Air Breather elements—more commonly referred to as fender vents—that are merely hinted at in pedestrian-guise 3- and 4-series, have grown to an impressive stature. This is even more impressive when the M4 is viewed in profile, as the character line extending from this element flows upward into the shoulder line. These lines work very nicely with the unique trunklid, featuring a large and fully integrated spoiler.
In true M style, the Concept M4 incorporates visible carbon-fiber components such as the front splitter, the rear diffuser, and the entire roof—which actually features M-specific blue, purple, and red stripes. Even the four exhaust pipes are covered in the lightweight weave, raising a few eyebrows as the trademark quad outlets traditionally have been finished in bare metal.
A trend within M started by the current-gen M5 and M6, the Concept M4’s grille features double-barred vertical slats. This is supposed to create a visual connection to the 20-inch twin-spoke aluminum wheels, which roll on Michelin rubber. The same grille trend also extends itself to model-specific badging, which, in this case, reads “M4”.
We haven’t been permitted to peek into the interior just yet, but we fully expect a sporty evolution of the lesser 4-series’ insides with a small three-spoke steering wheel, M-specific instrumentation, and tight sports seats.
Thanks to: Car and Driver