BMW showed off its new 4 Series coupe in concept form at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, but it won't be long before we see the production model, evidenced by this modestly camouflaged prototype spotted testing. In case you forgot, the 4 Series serves as the replacement for the two-door versions of the BMW 3 Series, just as the upcoming 2 Series will effectively be the new version of the 1 Series coupe and convertible sold in our market.

This isn't our first glimpse of the 4 Series out testing, and we've even spied its droptop, Gran Coupe and too-hot M4 kin. We don't expect the final design to stray too much from the concept car seen in Detroit, albeit without the normal conceptual goodies like oversized wheels and with the overstyled front fascia toned down a bit. Our spy photographers even caught the 4 Series coupe hanging out with an Audi A5, giving us a good glimpse at how the two cars will stack up in terms of size and design.

It's still unknown exactly what engines will power the car when it comes to production, but since this thing is a derivative of the 3 Series, we expect the usual range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to be available, likely in 428i ad 435i guise (though, to be fair, the larger 640i coupe uses a 3.0-liter turbo engine, so there's even the potential for 440i nomenclature to work its way into the mix). We'll have to wait until the car officially bows later this year to know for sure.


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      Banf_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The A5 still looks better than BMW's entire line up---the pre-facelift version anyways.
        GN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Banf_1
        I totally agree. BMW designs has gone terrible, bland and boring during the last 7 years. Audi still a winner.
          Jai302
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GN
          Okay to each his/her own but the A5 looks weird from the front. Youre biased if you say the a5 looks better than the Grancoupe. As far as the GT's and 1-series go, I agree that theyre ugly
        BRKF06
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Banf_1
        Agreed. I've owned many BMWs and an Audi and the A5 is far better looking. That said, I'd never buy an Audi again. Looks are worthless when you're driving a car...
      leo
      • 1 Year Ago
      to those that said bmws have gone bland, than praise audi for their designs need to go to the optometrist quickly. audi cars are by far the least interesting to look at. they barely have any type of linrs creases on the outsidr, witb the exception of the a5 they all look like used bars of soap. Sorry as classy as they look they are just plain and boring.
      handbraaaake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who thinks the new 4-series has a mustang-like profile? Hands up!
      Mike Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does BMW even bother to camoflauge new models when they look almost identical to every other BMW and virtually identical to BMWs over the past three decades? Except for some very MINOR design tweaks, the cars don\'t (and won\'t) look different from what we\'re used to (i.e., tired of) seeing for years. Are the designers at BMW so locked into tradition that they don\'t DARE venture into new design parameters?
      cangelo629
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new BMW designs are just so plane out side of the 6 series. I am still am very happy after all these year with our 2001- 7 series E38 class at least I can work on the car or someone else when nessary and find it affordable to maintain very reliable with so many comforts. Also it does not look like the Jelly Beans these cars have turned into.......It's 90's all over again.......
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cangelo629
        My 1999 Ford Taurus is offended that you think this design is representative of the 90s.
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't look that great, especially when compared to the concept version it falls short. Way short.
      John J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Found my next car....435i w/ M-Sport. Here's to hoping they ditch the ugly side vent, which looks to be the case!
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John J
        And here is to you swallowing that 60k + price tag.......I know MSRP hasn't Been officially release yet alone the car, but with options it will probably be in the ballpark for a upmarket BMW 3 series coupe....
          BRKF06
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          @Dvanos - sorry the BMW site is not the place to go for ED pricing. Go to BMWconfig.com. You want to look at ED Wholesale pricing. When you buy a BMW ED, you contact the dealer you want to use (or use a few people who specialize in it). You spec the car and offer between $500 and 1000 over the ED wholesale price for the car w/equipment and the normal BMW shipping charge ($800). I've done ED. The savings is over 12% and if you plan correctly you can get even more off. For instance, Join BMWCCA 1 year before you buy you'll get at least a $500 rebate from BMWCCA. If the car is more expensive, like a 5, 7, etc then you're looking at $1000+ on the BMWCCA rebate. I've done it before. It's really easy and an awesome experience. The 7% on the BMW site is worthless and not realistic.
          Dvanos
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          14%? Really you sure about that? The website claims "up to 7% off MSRP". http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Explore/Experience/EuropeanDelivery/OrderYourBMW.aspx
          BRKF06
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          Naturally. But you can do ED and drop an easy 14% from that msrp.
          Dvanos
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          Thanks for the info BRKF06, will look into it.
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing special.
      Jimster988
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this ends up closely resembling the 4-series concept that was shown at NAIAS, I'm buying it.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      CruzControl
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMFG! WHY ARE LUXURY AUTOMAKERS STILL USING HALOGEN HEADLAMPS!!!! WTF??!!! IT TOTALLY SCREAMS BASE! Just like with the Audi A6. I've seen models here in Miami without HID'S. Why not make is standard?
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      The A5 next to it looks much more appealing.
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