BMW Might Be Building a Gran Coupé Version of the new M4
The newest BMW M4 is right around the corner. Just last week we saw a test mule of what looked to be the new performance car stretching its legs on the Nürburgring. According to a new report, the M4 coupe and cabriolet could be joined by another bodystyle for this newest generation: a four-door Gran Coupé.
Above, the BMW Concept 4 revealed in Frankfurt last year.
Autocar, citing discussions it had with engineers involved with the project, reports there will be a Gran Coupé variant of the next M4. Like the coupe and convertible, it will likely use the same 503-horsepower S58 twin-turbo straight-six engine found in the current X3 and X4 M.
If you’re familiar with the 4-Series lineup, you’ll know BMW has offered a Gran Coupé version of the car for years, but it’s never received a full-on M variant. Autocar reports the Gran Coupé’s popularity in North America and China as the reasoning behind the move (according to them, around half of all 4-Series sold are Gran Coupés). Set to play the baby sibling of the recently-unveiled M8 Gran Coupé, it’ll rival cars such as the Audi RS5 Sportback.
The introduction of an M4 Gran Coupé into BMW’s lineup means it would also compete directly with its sibling, the upcoming M3 sedan. Both would share drivetrains, and likely produce similar performance stats.
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