BMW did quite a bit to differentiate the new 3 Series from the old one, but arguably the biggest development in that department is the splitting of the model line. Because the new 3 Series is only the sedan and wagon. The coupe and cabrio are branching off as the 4 Series, similar to the 6 Series (as distinct from the 5 Series), the old 8 Series (separate from the 7 Series) and what's expected to emerge of the 2 Series from the new 1 Series.

Following earlier spy shots of the 4 Series convertible with its roof up in the rain and in the snow, this is our first look at the upcoming new model being driven the way it's meant to be driven: with its top down and the sun shining.

Unfortunately our view is a little obscured by all the swirly camouflage, so we'll have to wait until its anticipated debut sometime next year to see the whole package. But you can check out the spy shots now for a sneak preview.


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      InstantSupercar
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm loving the fake circular head/tail lamps.
      atltv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absurdly priced, overhyped German POS
      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      looking forward to the 2, 8, and 11 series
      Slideways
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 Series ... definitely appropriate for the chinese market .. "die or dead" series .
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slideways
        Just curious, does that affect Audi A4 sales over there?
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      The purist in me says "NOOOOOO! F*** the stupid 4 series idea. It should always be 3er coupe and 'vert!" But the OCD in me says "About time they fixed that. Now their naming scheme is consistent and logical for once"
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the new M 4 series coupe will be an M4? Can't wait for the Carbine vanity plate.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate this new numbering. BMW is lost....
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        i strongly disagree.. it's absolutely brilliant as far as i'm concerned, especially considering the 6-series is just kind of out there already. why not unify the brand nomenclature for coupes/convertibles. it makes perfect sense.
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          so BMW is going to lose the iconic m3 label in all it's incarnations? That makes no sense to me.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the point of that rear seats?
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        should have put some photo models with large breasts on it
      25to4
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 Series?! Who does BMW think they are? Audi?
        nettsu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @25to4
        Does that mean that Audi thinks they are BMW? They have a "5" series and they had it first...
          nettsu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nettsu
          I should clarify that - Audi spun the A5 off the A4 so they started it =P
      cpbraun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look, I understand how the whole 4 series thing meshes better with the 6 series naming scheme, but come on, this means the end of the M3. I know it will "live on in spirit" in the M4 and/or M2, but it just seems so wrong.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cpbraun
        good point... doesn't quite feel right. when people think of BMW, they think of the M3. it's one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. i can't help but wonder if they will still reserve the M3 name for the coupe as well... well {hand to head} that really would make any sense.. bummer. should be interesting to say the least.
      rod halligan
      • 2 Years Ago
      the thing about the swirly cammoflage is that it takes design down to its most basic and shows overall shape, and this is pudgey - not good marketing. The thing about the 3 series is that it is such a strong brand - M3 even more so - again not good marketing.
        Free Time
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rod halligan
        Under that swirl body wrap is plastic cladding, which hides the surface of the car. There is no way to decipher what the actual surface of the body looks like from these spy shots, other than maybe a general idea of architecture.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      The swirlies hide the ugly.
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