Last time we saw the upcoming BMW M4 out testing, it was heavily clad with camouflage and decidedly homely looking (as most early development mules are). But in this latest set of photos, the M3 coupe successor has started to come into its own skin, and we're seeing a shape more closely akin to that of a rendering we brought you a few months back.

Unsurprisingly, the M4 coupe looks very similar to the 4 Series Concept that BMW debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. And while non-M version of the 4er will likely look a bit more sedate, these spy shots clearly show an aggressive front fascia, large wheels and the usual quad-exhaust rounding out the rear end.

Naturally, the M3 sedan will launch before this M4 coupe (and convertible), and powertrain details are still unclear as of this writing. We understand that the current M3's naturally aspirated V8 will be axed in favor of some sort of turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and we've heard plenty of rumors as to what, exactly, it might be, but we have yet to hear any official confirmation.

The 4 Series will launch later this year as a 2014 model, and we expect the M4 to follow suit about one year later as a 2015 model.


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      raczacrac
      • 1 Year Ago
      spoken like a person on their first day on the job. good kool-aid. when gm took the governments money to bail them selves out from all the mistakes they made what did they do? built another buick/cadillac to compete with the number one car for the last 24 years. tell me. how is that working out for you? the reason the bmw lease's so well is the residual. it actually has value after 3 years. let me know if the ats is around in 3 years. you really should go out and drive the 3 series and stop listening to the other guys on the point. ha, ha. good luck!
      John J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quad-tail pipes and an angry face...didn't see that one coming.
      Chase
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe the correct parlance around these parts is "Hhhhnnnng"
      • 1 Year Ago
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        CJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        This is spam, right? Spoken like someone who has never driven many BMWs. You know the ATS wouldn't exist without the class leading 3 -series, right? You know GM bought a bunch of 3-series, took them apart to find out what made them tick, and essentially reverse engineered them. These are facts. All of the features you see on your ATS(which finished behind the 328i in many 'popular' publications, missed out on being named in Car and Drivers top 10, which BMW did again this year with their latest 3 series for the 22 consecutive year, and is recommend by Consumer Reports year after year) are taken right from the 3-series. Those adaptive xenon hightlights that turn when you turn the steering wheel they're pimping as new technology? BMW has had since 2005. Thigh adjustable front bolsters? I have those on my 30 year old 3 series. Using iron as a casing for the differential gears to help heat dissipation? Another 3 decade old BMW technique that has been used, without marketing mention, on all of their cars. I am not cherry picking these silly options, this is what they go out of their way to mention in their brochures and ad campaigns. The exact same dimensions, down to the fraction, as the 3-series. The same front suspension design with a ZF sourced front subframe mounted steering rack and the EXACT same 5 link rear suspension design were admittedly taken right from the 3-series. Again, these are facts, not some cheesy tag line. BMW is the benchmark, plain and simple. Without it, the ATS and countless others that have tried their best to do their best impression of a 3-series, would have no one to emulate. Face it, GM failed, with mistake after mistake, all the way to bankruptcy. They couldn't afford to get another car wrong, so look what they did. Denying that the ATS wasn't a blatant copy of the 3-series is simply putting the blinders on. Their prior cars had zero resale value, can't compete in comparison tests, are unappealing and most of all have such poor quality and refinement into their builds. This is coming from someone who's owned many GMs and Cadillacs. New, just like any other car, they're fine. Put 30k on them, watch how they begin to literally fall apart from poor quality. These days you can't read a GM article on here or from some engineer or designer without mentioning the 3-series, there's a reason for that. GM's "highly regarded" sedans had to be put on hold during bankruptcy because no one knew their fate. Buick barely held on by the skin of their teeth and was almost discarded into the same pile as other GM lackluster attempts...Pontiac, Saturn, Oldsmobile, etc. Buick has an image problem that they need to worry about if they want to survive, and throwing swooping lines and low roof lines onto boring designs isn't going to cut it I'm afraid. If people want to remain unaware in the dark let them. I'll go enjoy decades of motorsport engineering, fit and finish and performance in the often imitated and never duplicated 3 Series.
          me
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CJC
          very well said....people kill me over this caddy nonsense....they made 1 decent car in a decade and all of sudden people are declarung victory.... up until last year caddy has had 1 car in its lineup yes ONE CAR!!!! .no 7 series contender no 6, 1. hell even bmw has better and trucks no x6 contender no x3 or x1 competition either. I personallly prefer audis out of the big 3 but all this nonsense about caddy and bmw in the same sentence makes us americans look stupid.......please stop making us look stupid to the rest of the world
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        you...just...can't...be....serious...lol
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        No.
        Trevor
        • 1 Year Ago
        """"highly regarded,legendary brand like buick""" hahahahaha ARE YOU SERIOUS?
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        No.
        raczacrac
        • 1 Year Ago
        in six months when you are working at your third dealership this year i hope you remember what you wrote. gm is only highly regarded after it took the goverments money to bail it self out of all LEGENDARY brands mistakes. how about that gas converted diesel? the design team is still kicking itself. may the interior rattles be with you. i'd rather drive a vw than a caddy,
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone tell me what was wrong with it when it was called M3 Coupe? I hate this.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's going to look very nice. Seems like the only people who can afford these cars are rich foreigners.
        BarryH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lazybeans
        Um... most are leased. Do a lease through ED and you get such a massive markdown the car runs about 600-700 a month. That's hardly the domain of the rich.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BarryH
          It's certainly not the domain of the poor nor the modest.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are they making it bigger? If anything the 3-series should be focused on staying the same size and even reducing weight. Think about how this is going to play out a year or so from now, this thing is going to be bigger and heavier than the new Mustang and Camaro. The M5 and M6 are already too big, both just got smoked by the Camaro 1LE at VIR at the Car and Driver Lightning Lap and creamed by the ZL1.
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        fortunately nobody at BMW gives a crap about the Camaro and Mustang....
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          Keep telling yourself that when 10 years from now 'M' is purely a luxury and appearance package.
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's funny how people lambast Audi for using the same formula on all their cars, because the DADDY of recycling the same design cues across all their models is BMW...they've always done it like that. This is a lazy design.....another humdrum design that gets big wheels, some stretched arches, and an "M3" badge. I am not saying that it won't be great to drive....but design-wise, it is a bore even before it has been launched.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regardless of the name, if this is anything like the last 2 M3s, it will be the ultimate driving machine.
      nonucantmakemee
      • 1 Year Ago
      want to see bmws and jaguars? go to the repair shop you will see a lot
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nonucantmakemee
        want to see idiots all around. go to the internetz
      CJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you guys are interested in better coverage of the new benchmark, check out the link from Bimmerpost.com. They offer a lot more interesting info. http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815487 http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602770
      adika3z
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh nooo, tiooo ugly car, not worth it, no need it
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