• Nov 8th 2006 at 9:57AM
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The four-door coupe is a trend that only seems to be growing. Mercedes, of course, was the first (and remains the only) company to get one on the market with the CLS. Volkswagen and Audi are working on their own. Porsche's upcoming Panamera will take a similar approach. Aston Martin showed us its Rapide concept. Even Bugatti is rumored to be considering an exclusive four-door coupe as a follow-up to the Veyron. Now BMW is next in line.

BMW is said to have abandoned the idea of rear-hinged "suicide" doors in the back (like they put on the Rolls Royce Phantom) in favor of conventional doors. Previous reports speculated that, based on test mules seen running around the Nurburgring, BMW's new model would take more of a crossover/SUV shape, melding an M6 with an X5, though more recent reports suggest it will be more sedan/coupe-like.

Insiders predict the BMW four-door coupe will hit the market as a 2009 model.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      this photoshop rendering is horrible!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      mk pretty much say it all on the term "coupe". And if someone says Mercedes was first into this segment, aren't they forgetting that Saturn really came out with a 4 door (and even a 3 door) coupe before Mercedes? Yeah, I know that the Saturn coupe had half-doors and they could not be opened from outside the car until the adjacent door was opened, but still...give them their due credit for really starting the ball rolling on this niche.
      • 8 Years Ago
      pontiac GTO? what are you smoking?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This should be next 5-series, not the CLS fighter, cause it doesn't look like coupe to me
      • 8 Years Ago
      in the nov. issue of Car bmw sales and marketing boss michael ganal commented that he has no interest in a CLS-competing 4-door coupe, as at least 60% of CLS buyers would have bought another mercedes model anyway... a 4-door bmw coupe would only cannabalize 6 series sales, imo
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is why Mercededs is always on top, not matter what anyone says

      M-B knows how to do it and they are allways followed. Sure they had those electrical issues back in the 2003 model year cars, but they were experimenting in new territory and everyone else waited for them to come out with it then they were followed by everyone else a few years later with improvements.

      now M-B has returned back to the top and will remain there.

      My cousin has a 1992 M-B with over 500k km on it(so ~320k miles) and he loves it. It rarely needs any extra maintenance adn that engine is as smooth as day one.

      everyone hold back, cause M-B blows everything away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As long as the B-piller is between the front and rear doors none of the posers are coupes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #11, I don't get it either, A Sedan can have 2 or 4 doors, but a Coupe is clearly only a 2 door car, I think these people are confused. Coupe's are shorter than Sedans, this car is not a Coupe, it is definately a Sedan, big/long with 4 doors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the look of this new 4-door Solara!
      Will it be manufactured in Kentucky?
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW has the ugliest tail lights ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Four Door Coupe is like a light-weight steam-roller.

      An Oxy-moron.

      "Coupe" is a word sourced from french, and means a carriage or motorized vehicle with two doors, and usually but not exclusively two seats.

      I am sorry, but the CLS is not a coupe any more than an R-class, or an ML. It has four doors. (and I think the arched belt-line, and squinted rear end, and odd L-shaped headlights are ugly. I think an E-class is better looking.)

      Now, I am a performance car kind of guy, and while sports cars and GT coupes are any performance car enthusiast's bread and butter, a well turned sport sedan is nothing to disparage, and I tend to like them.

      This BMW might be good. The CLS might be decent to drive, if not to look at... I welcome anyone else into the market who want to make a practical performance car. But for pete's sake, THEY ARE NOT COUPES, and it is grating to hear people who supposedly "know" call them that.

      I don't even think the RX8 is a coupe. maybe a pseudo-coupe. MAYBE. It defies current category as perhaps do the CLS and this new BMW, true, but that means they need a new name, not the corruption of an existing word with an established definition.

      What is so bad about calling something like the CLS, or this proposed BMW, a sport sedan? does that really cause that much trouble when the M5 and E-class AMG, and others are also sport sedans? It is more apt than a four-door coupe oxy-moron.

      Some of these are barely more than low-roof sedans, anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      4 doors = sedan

      2 doors = coupe

      4 door coupe = meaningless
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