If you couldn’t already tell from the torrent of spy photos featured on the BIMMERPOST homepage, manufacturer testing season has opened on the Nurburgring.
On the track today was this F32 4 Series (435i) with M Sport package revealing for the first time the aggressive shape of the M Sport front bumper. Compared to the F30 3 Series M Sport front fascia, the 4 Series M Sport bumper is more angular, with air vents that angle upwards and expands as it gets closer to the outside of the front bumper. The side shot also shows that it incorporates splitter fins which extend quite far out, adding to the aggressive look.
The lighter camouflage also reveals what looks to be Air Curtain vents in the M Sport … CONTINUED
Have a look at the latest F33 4 Series convertible prototype, revealing more of its defining characteristic - its metal folding roof. Earlier spyshots (reposted below) show the hard top operation and the design is largely similar to the current E93 convertible.
The F33 will share the same engine and transmission options as the F32 coupe, as well as the coupe’s general styling. So, imagine the coupe that you’ve seen revealed, but with this metal folding top.
Production of the 4 Series convertible (both 435i and 428i) begins later this year - in November 2013.
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It’s been a busy test week for BMW at the Nurburgring, which includes some more testing on the F32 435i M Sport. Not much is revealed in these photos, but they provide more looks at how the 4 Series (F32) looks in motion.
This is a 435i M Sport in Estoril Blue II. The M Sport bumpers remain under camouflage. The headlights feature the optional full LED headlights with squared-off corona rings.
The M Sport brakes are fitted, but the M Sport wheels are not. See the wheels 4 Series lineup (from the 4 Series order guide) posted below for what the M Sport wheels will look like (as well as on the blue 4 Series spotted at the airport reposted below).
For our 4 Series coverage, see … CONTINUED
We have looked at the F32 4 Series Coupe against the E92 3 Series Coupe (comparison pics), now let’s look at how the 4 Series Coupe looks against its most direct competitor in the marketplace - the Audi A5 Coupe.
Compared to the A5 Coupe, the 4 Series Coupe in concept form is:
+ 0.6 inches (16mm) length
- 1.8 inches (28mm) width
- 0.5 inches (12mm) height
+ 2.3 inches (59mm) wheelbase
Note: these are calculated using concept (not production) 4 Series dimensions.
As for the aesthetics, well, that’s subjective of course, but we think that overall (except maybe the front end, which still isn’t totally clear in the spy photos) the F32 looks sportier and more athletic than the A5.
Now that we have seen the production 4 Series coupe fully uncovered, a natural comparison to draw is between the 4 Series coupe (F32) and the model that it succeeds, the 3 Series coupe (E92).
We do not yet know the official dimensions of the production 4 Series coupe, but for reference the concept 4 series dimensions are:
1.6 inches longer than E92 3 Series coupe
1.6 inches wider than E92 3 Series Coupe
1.3 inches lower than E92 3 Series Coupe
1.9 inches longer wheelbase than E92 3 Series coupe
1.7 inches wider front track than E92 3 Series coupe
3.1 inches wider rear track than E92 3 Series coupe
Note: these are calculated using concept (not production) 4 Series dimensions
We have updated with even more photos of the BMW F32 4 Series (435i) coupe in Sport Line, showing even more angles. Enjoy!
Caught during a night time photo shoot is this production F32 4 Series Coupe, which gives us the first ever look at the final (and uncovered) 4 Series!
This 435i coupe still looks unique, sleek and sporty despite its toned down front fascia, rear bumper and side view mirrors designs (compared to the concept model). The unique tail lights from the concept version also have not been carried over from the concept. The headlights seen here are the optional full LED headlights.
This appears to be a Sport Line 4 Series model. The wheels are the optional 19″ Style 407 wheels.
Also as expected, we now see the functional air breather vents in the front fender, which began appearing with the 3 Series GT model and will … CONTINUED
We have added some additional info and pages from the dealer order guide for the BMW 4 Series Coupe, showing samples of the available paint, wheel, upholstery and interior trim.