The new BMW 4-Series should hit the market within six months, but it seems that the high-performing M coupé version will take a further six months and could be launched in 2014. BMW M4 will continue with the M tradition and will be part of a separate production, as BMW M3, which won’t be replaced just yet, but will also get a next generation.
As we said before BMW M4 may arrive, in coupé version, at the beginning of 2014, and will later be offered as a convertible. It is not yet clear the choice of engine which will equip the sports coupé, the first model to debut under the BMW 4-Series badge.
It seems likely the use of a six-cylinder bi-turbo unit, although a V8 might still be an option: the power output is expected to be around 420 horsepower (like BMW M3), but the torque will be higher than the current 400 Nm, and fuel efficiency and emissions will be improved. The car will probably get rear wheel drive, although we can’t exclude the arrival of a possible xDrive variant, besides a BMW 4-Series M Performance diesel.
Transmission will be an eight-speed automatic as standard, but customers may also choose a six-speed manual as optional. The car might be offered with different body variants, such as a four-door version, a BMW 4-Series Gran Coupé, a hatchback and even a shooting brake.