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BMW M4 Concept -the M3’s pre-successor was officially unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

BMW unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance new BMW M4 Concept Coupe. As the name says, we have here the performance version of the current BMW 4 Series and the successor of legendary M3.

The new BMW M4 Concept Coupe Live at 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

After a teaser that heralded the launch of a new M product and more information announcing a replacement for the old M3, BMW has decided to shed some light. At the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California), BMW M4 Concept Coupe was revealed.

As the name says, this is the performance version of the current 4 Series Coupe, currently in the form of a concept. The model attempts to carry on the legacy of four M3 generations that made history. The old M3 Coupe makes room for a new name, completely different, but equally committed to the M.

BMW M4 Concept – Design & Engine

The concept exhibited at Pebble Beach comes with an exclusive color, named Aurum Dust, and a design language that doesn’t deviate greatly from the new Series 4 Coupe. The front is dominated by the same optical blocks with fully integrated LED lights, completed with a new grille, painted in black and labeled with the letter M for better individualization.

The bonnet maintains the ridges to emphasize the dynamism, but with a slight embossing at the top to suggest the presence of a powerful engine, as in the case of the former M3. The front bumper comes large air intakes and optimal solutions for ventilation of the engine. The bottom is constructed of a combination of carbon fiber and plastic (CFRP) in order to provide structural rigidity and low weight.

Viewed from the profile, BMW M4 Concept has the same coupe silhouette as the 4 Series and enhances the sporting spirit with a completely redesigned lateral air gap. The M designers and engineers have decided to change the appearance of the side air intake to improve brake cooling, but also to guarantee personality. It also has large 20-inch wheels with a specially unique design, painted black to contrast with the body. Behind them lies calipers painted with the M logo.

An important detail is the roof made of the same CFRP composite material, which aims to lower the roofline, to reduce the total weight and to impress with the three BMW M Sport classic colored stripes. The roof line continues slightly behind where the trunk got a discreet spoiler (also made from CFRP), which provides downforce.

Viewed from the rear, BMW M4 Concept Coupe has an athletic look thanks to the generous wheel passages. The LED taillights were elongated up on the edge of the bodywork. As was expected, since this is an M model, it features dual exhaust pipes, embedded in a carbon fiber deflector that complements the aerodynamic package.

About the BMW M4 Concept engine hidden under the hood no details were disclosed yet, the Germans described it “as a premium-efficiency motor with huge performance,” BMW preferring to wait probably the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the new M4 prototype will make its European debut.

Several unofficial sources are talking about giving up the old V8 engine and adopting a new supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit, able to generate about 415 horsepower and a generous torque of 545 Nm (402 lb/ft). Although there aren’t many horsepower BMW compensate with a low mass of the future M4, estimated at about 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lbs).

BMW M4 Concept -the M3's pre-successor was officially unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The BMW Concept M4 Coupe, finished in the colour “Aurum Dust” exclusively developed for this model, continues with BMW M’s design language – strong in character, emotional and extremely dynamic. From every perspective it is the embodiment of agility, dynamism and superior performance. Large air inlets in the dynamic front, a swift design language in the side and a sporty, low rear give clear visual indication of the car’s tremendous dynamic potential.

“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. For four generations, the BMW M3 has put motor racing on the road and the BMW Concept M4 Coupe consistently continues to pursue this fundamental idea. The new model designation “M4” refers – like all other BMW M automobiles – to the series on which this concept car is based,” explains Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Chairman of the Managing Board of the BMW M GmbH.

“At BMW M, design is above all an expression of function. Each design element is based on the underlying technical demands of the BMW M high performance concept. Thanks to this authenticity, the design provides a taste of what can be experienced with each model: Power, precise control and superior handling – an unforgettable driving experience on the racetrack as well as on the road” says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design.

BMW M4 Concept Video

BMW M4 Concept Wallpaper [photo gallery]

BMW M4 Concept via BMW

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