BMW has revealed the shape of things to came for its M-series with the sexy Concept M4 Coupe. Unveiled at the annual Pebble Beach/Monterey automobile weekend, the Concept M4 picks up where the M3 left off with a design that holds to the "race car for the road" philosophy of the company's Motorsport line.
"[The M4] combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept," says Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M Division.
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Flashing an exclusive "Aurum Dust" color scheme, the design preview of the upcoming M4 leaves no doubt as to the car's heritage. The front end is is marked by large air inlets and the traditional BMW face, with its twin round LED headlamps and the iconic power dome hood a clear nod to previous M models, as are the twin tailpipes at the rear.
Buffed out wheel arches shelter the 20" alloy rims fashioned in the traditional M style – five filigree double-spokes with polished outer surfaces that provide a window to the M Carbon ceramic brakes.
The M4 also sports a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) front splitter, roof, and rear diffuser. The CFRP roof helps reduce weight and lower the vehicle's center of gravity while the rear diffuser increases down force and adds to the brawny look of the coupe's back end.
While no official performance specs or drivetrain details have yet been released, BMW says this new concept offers a "first outlook on a high-performance sports car of tomorrow." It has certainly proved its ability to turn a few heads at Monterey.
A production version of the M4 is expected in 2014.