The spy shots you see above are not of a BMW 3 Series Coupe. Of course, that's just because the German automaker has apparently decided that coupes and convertibles deserve their own numerical distinction, one step higher than their sedan siblings.

While we've seen the upcoming BMW 4 Series in both convertible and coupe shapes before, this is the first time the car has been spotted by our European spy shooters without BMW's trademark swirly camouflage – all the better to spot details like the sloping fastback roofline and fender vents. Sadly, the fascia is masked, but we'd expect to see some stylized kidney grilles and stretched headlamps beneath.

We're told that this is not an M model but rather a 435i or 440i fitted with BMW's Sport Line body kit along with 19-inch M Sport wheels. A higher-performance M4 version is also in the offing. Take in all the details in the image gallery above, paying special attention to the horrible Sport badges that we pray don't make it into production. Expect to see the 2014 4 Series Coupe make its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      so are they going to charge $10-15k more than the sedan version like with the 6 series?
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish magazine buyer's guides, car site search engines(i.e. Edmunds/Ebay/Autotrader), & every other thing that uses "category" method of searching for automobiles excludes these "in-between" BMWs from their databases in protest for confusing everyone.
      • 2 Years Ago
      DId I miss something? What engine in a 3 (4) series would get the "40" designation?
      • 2 Years Ago
      What engine would get the "40" designation in BMW 440?
        • 2 Years Ago
        A new one. The N55 that powers the current 335 model is due for a replacement soon. If BMW sticks with the same time-table like they did with the previous generation, the new engine should debut in the coupe.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to know what kind of crack are these makers smoking lately. So...a 3 series, but they want to call it 4 series. WONDERFUL AND USEFUL.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @S40Powered raise the keep resale value keep lease payments low...last year BMW was the only manufacturer who brought USED cars to the auto show to promote their CPO's a bubble....
          • 2 Years Ago
          Not the first time that pre-owned cars have been brought to an auto show, but it's definitely not common.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        It becomes a collector item. I just decided to keep my E92 for 20 more years and then sell it for millions. OK, sarcasm aside, it (E92) simply ends production, while F32 shown in the pictures enters production - what else would happen to it?
        • 2 Years Ago
        It becomes the 4. DUH!
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good but considering the 4 will moving upmarket a nicely loaded 435 will be close to $65,000 & from what i heard from my dealer the M4 will be $78,000 nicely loaded.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks pretty clean. The sport badges will make it to production but like with the 3 series they will only be on European models. The exciting thing about the 4 series is the likelihood of a new inline 6 cylinder under the hood. Hopefully this car will employ the oft rumored twin turbo 3.0. One turbo being electric to completely eliminate lag. I've heard it will route energy back to the battery when off boost spooling down. We could see a 350hp and 350lbft 335i that is around 3500lbs. Come on BMW make it happen.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Up next, the 4-series gran coupe with 4 doors.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fender vent looks like it came off a mid-'00s Ford Focus.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea, more fake fender vents. I'm so ready for this fade to be over.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boring and tacky. Meh. And what's with the blatant Audi-esque numbering scale. It works well for Audi, but BMW should not adopt it. Terrible.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The "Audi-esque" numbering scale has been used by BMW (even numbers for coupes, odd numbers for regular models) for decades...
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