• Jul 20, 2013
Greetings from the famous Circuito do Estoril racetrack in Portugal. We're here to put the 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe through its paces, and we'll have the chance to sample the updated 2014 BMW M5 with its new Competition Pack, as well. But before going out for some hot laps, we took a few minutes to check out this 435i Coupe that's been fitted with a full suite of goodies from the BMW M Performance parts catalog.

Starting with the exterior, carbon fiber bits are the most noticeable additions, with the lightweight material added in the form of a massive front splitter, mirror caps and a rear spoiler. Other visual changes include lightweight 20-inch wheels, a blacked-out grille, and unique M Performance side stripes. No, that's not a shadow you see under the 435i's strong side character line – that's a stripe. Yes, we're serious.

Inside (we couldn't get photos of the interior, sorry!), BMW has added its sport steering wheel with race display, unique M floormats, steel pedals, and a whole mess of carbon fiber and Alcantara trim.

But the M catalog isn't just about added flair. Legitimate performance parts can be had, and for starters, this 435i is fitted with a power kit that increases engine output from 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to 334 and 332, respectively. Building upon that, there's a limited-slip differential, performance suspension, upgraded brakes with red calipers and a rear apron diffuser finished in carbon.

BMW hasn't announced official pricing for the 4 Series goodies as of this writing, but we should have a clearer idea of how much coin each option will warrant closer to the kit's debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Until then, have a glance through our gallery of live photos to take it all in for yourself.


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      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks decent except for the straight horizontal hood line, yuck. Stop putting M badges on non-M cars, for reals.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thenewrick
        Exactly. I can't unsee that on any of the new BMWs. It destroys the design for me.
      350Zed
      • 1 Year Ago
      The LSD is the best news, but I'm sure the dealer-installed price will be BMW-price-gouge-o-rific.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much dilution of the M brand.
        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Yep. That's why they had to stick two M-badges on each side of the car, in case it wasn't already obvious with all the CF crap.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW cars got to bloated, diet time. That car will probably be near $70k, five me a RS5 instead.
      mdcwave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Over-adorned.
      guinnessfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      ALL of these look like bloated marshmallowmobiles. IS this entirely for the crazy strong Euro pedestrian safety laws? A history of the 3 series picture is looking more and more like a case study of a car with a peanut allergy reaction. http://www.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/BMW-3-Series-history.jpg
      4RR4Y
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even the slightest lens distortion makes the 4 look massive... Then again, the 3 coupes have grown over the years. BMW needs to embrace the CSL philosophy, and stop adding mass to their entire lineup.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4RR4Y
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        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4RR4Y
        It looks like shrunken BMW X6 from some angles.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      interruptive_cow
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved the 4 series but worried it wasn't tacky enough. Thank goodness for these accessories.
      grizzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yuck! That hood/front end is hideous! Stupid pedestrian regulations. BMW is also bringing back the era of the ricer with their so called "M performance parts". Only difference is that their ricer accessories are factory installed, overpriced out the a$$, and their fart can mufflers run through the audio system. The E60 M5 was the last great BMW made. Now its Mercedes all the way.
        dea5787
        • 1 Year Ago
        @grizzy
        Mercedes all the way? Yeah, that front drive CLA is amazing and beautiful. Not
      Wojo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did BMW change it to the 4 series because the coupe has just become too damn bloated in recent years to remain a 3 series?
        Karl_T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wojo
        They're adjusting the naming convention. Odd numbers for sedans, i.e. 5 and 7. Even numbers for coupes, i.e. 4, 6, 8. Now, how on earth they account for 5 door hatch versions of the 1, and 4 & 5 door versions of the 6 is beyond me.....
          Gypsi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Karl_T
          Start using decimals.
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Karl_T
          Huh.... I know I read that '4' was supposed to be reserved for the sedan. It was an article on how the last M3 coupe had been built. But then: http://paultan.org/2013/07/06/bmw-4-series-convertible-spyshots/
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Folks are right - this is probably the least attractive variant of the new 3 so far. I like the sedan better - better suited to the longer nose. Maybe it will look better as a convertible.
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