BMW 3 Series Coupe Gets a New Number

Bmw 4 series concept
When the next BMW 3 Series coupe goes on sale, it will be called the 4 Series. Confused? So are we. The automaker recently announced the name change and showed off pictures of the 4 Series coupe, a thinly disguised concept.

BMW says the new coupe differs from the 3 Series line so much that it needs its own name. We're not clear on how "4" fits, but BMW says it "stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range." We'll have to take their word for it. 

The concept has a sleeker-looking design than the current 3 Series coupe, borrowing cues from the 6 Series. The 4 Series is slightly longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. It sports full LED headlamps and an exterior accented with satin-finish aluminum, including air intakes, door handles and mirrors.

We expect to see the Concept 4 Series Coupe at the Detroit auto show in January. Check out more photos below.

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BMW has threatened to re-name the 3-series coupe similarly during past re-designs but ultimately recognized that the public doesn't associate odd numbers with sedans and even numbers with coupes, so renaming is just a sales risk... apparently, this lack of symmetry continues to disturb the Germans...that's too bad.

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C3PO might have been a better choice!

Wow, what a vehicle. I want one! Modern BMW vehicles have such a unique styling now which is not offered by many other manufacturers.

Big, bigger, the biggest

BMW 3 series grew a lot in size and weight. I guess number 4 is to show that it is size bigger car than old 3 series. I use to own 2005 M3 (E46) in competition package and 6-sp manual. It was sweet car. Fit me like glove. Than I sold it and test drove e92 M3 coupé when it came on the market (with intention to buy it). What a difference. E92 M3 become a fat GT cruiser with heavy nose and less than average brakes. I gave up on M3s.


BMW has resorted to "Spinal Tap Marketing".

Do you like the 3 Series? Is it not the best car ever? The Ultimate Driving Machine? Well this new coupe is one more better!

(Just don't tell them that Porsche goes to (9) Eleven)


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