Now that we’ve learned to live with the mighty grille (well, some of us anyway), it’s time to focus on something other than the XXL kidney pair. BMW announced at the end of May that it would present the new M4 coupe and its brother M3 sedan in September, so we thought about reducing the wait by creating a new rendering. It is more than a simple blow in the dark as it should after this spy coup that we saw a few weeks ago, showing a pre-production prototype of the coupe devoid of camouflage.
The adjacent render is as close to the official as possible, so if you like it, you’re probably going to be a fan of the real M4 coupe once it debuts in a few months. It’s not that hard to imagine what the rear will look like, since we recently saw the M440i coupe and there is an older photo of the back of the M3 sedan on the assembly line. By combining two and two, we have an almost complete picture of the new Bavarian performance coupe.
When it debuts this fall, the M4 will be a rear-wheel drive, as the xDrive-equipped variant is expected to arrive at a later date. The tail-happy model will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission and an optional eight-speed auto, while its all-wheel-drive brother will only be offered with two pedals. At the heart of the new M4 will be the same S58 engine as that of the X3 M and X4 M, with up to 503 horsepower for the Competition model.
Latest reports indicate that the new M4 will go on sale early next year and that the RWD model will offer 473 hp to reflect the base versions of the X3 M and X4 M. It is believed that the so-called “Pure” variant will have a different look, with custom alloy rims, redesigned front and rear aprons and specific paints. Additional modifications should take place inside the cabin to further differentiate the RWD model from the four-legged M4.
Later on the line, the M4 is configured to receive another hot CS derivative and, possibly, revive the legendary CSL badge. Meanwhile, the M4 convertible will be released sometime in 2021. Despite what the rumor mill says, don’t count on an M4 Gran Coupé as we have it in good faith, these reports are unfounded.
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