The annual Pebble Beach/Monterey 2013 show marked the debut of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe, a thinly disguised preview of the production M4 Coupe. Following four generations of M3 Coupes, this will be the first of its kind to be badged the M4, referring to the series on which the car is based.
There’s a lot of design flourish to be seen here, not least the exclusive “Aurum Dust” paintjob that harks back to the E46 M3’s signature Phoenix Yellow colour. From the deep M front splitter, double-bar kidney grille (with an M4 badge) and rear diffuser – all finished in carbon-fibre of course – this is one serious machine.
The redesigned M gill now incorporates the Air Breather, which works together with the so-called Air Curtain within the front apron to ventilate the wheel arches and facilitate better airflow. Sitting within the substantially widened body are bi-coloured 20-inch M light alloy wheels around M Carbon ceramic brakes.
Round the back, there’s an aggressive carbon-fibre diffuser that envelops the four exhaust pipes. The lowered suspension and flared wheel arches are clear to be seen here. Also noteworthy is the carbon-fibre roof, now added with BMW M’s trademark three stripes.
No word yet on what’s under the hood, but expect it to have around 450 hp from a newly developed turbocharged straight-six motor. We already know that it’s an angry-sounding engine; have a listen here. We’ll know more soon enough, so watch this space, M fans.