Breaking News

Analysis of the BMW's 4 Series concept

by The Star
15 January 2013 | 8947 Views
Now that, like Jodie Foster, the BMW 4 Series Concept is officially 'out', let's take a closer look at the Blue Propeller's sporty new coupé and its relationship to the 3 Series on which it's based.



To start with, it's bigger than the 3 Series, not smaller, as you would imagine; its wheelbase is 50mm longer, front track 44mm wider and rear track 80mm wider. At 4641mm overall, the concept is distinctly longer and it's 44mm wider at 1826mm.

Its roofline, however, is 16mm lower, which fits the car's sporty persona.



Genealogically speaking, the 4 Series is actually the fourth generation of the 3 Series Coupé, but BMW has chosen to make it a stand-alone design to enhance its sporty appeal - not least, we suspect, in answer to some very sexy two-door models from both Mercedes-Benz and Audi, which owe little, style-wise, to the sedans whose platforms they share.

The 4 Series is intended to share the exclusive upmarket glow that bathes its 6 and 8 Series siblings, firstly through classic coupé proportions - long bonnet, rear-set glazed area, short rear deck and short overhangs, particularly in front.

SATIN FINISH

Most front-engined cars - including the 3 Series - are wider in front than at the rear, but the 4 Series' widest point is across the rear wheel-arches, a distinction it shares with Jennifer Lopez and the Shelby Cobra.

In contrast to the current trend towards colour-coding the detail work, functional elements such as air intakes and vents, door handles and mirrors housings are satin-finished aluminium.

The kidney grille is closed off to improve aerodynamics, with unobtrusive dark surfaces between the satin-finish grille slats, while the full-LED headlights are a high-tech hexagonal interpretation of BMW's signature dual circular design.



An optic fibre leads out from the inner headlight tube and forms a visual link between the inner headlight and the kidney grille, making the 4 Series look even wider from the front.

But the most eye-catching feature of the front treatment is the gaping three-part air intake in the front apron, its wide opening - emphasised by three strikingly sculptured, satin-finish aluminium trim elements - hinting at the extra air required by the powerful engine.

SIDE ORDER

The concept's profile is dominated by a long, straight shoulder, below a gently slopping roofline - the 4 Series is very nearly a fastback - and an elegantly drawn C pillar.

The vent behind the front wheel works in tandem with the front spoiler reduce drag around the front wheels, while special 20" multi-spoke rims add some extra street cred.

Strong horizontal lines emphasise the wide rear track (no more J-LO analogies here) with L-shaped tail-light clusters blending into the contours of the boot-lid and rear wings.

INDIVIDUAL INTERIOR



The concept's cabin was styled with the help of BMW's Individual customising division, wrapped around the driver in typically BMW fashion. All the lines sweep back to the rear, while clearly defined surfaces around the window sills and door trim panels connect the front and rear compartments.

Strong contouring on the rear bench seats makes it look like two individual seats joined together.



The environmentally friendly tanning process used for the black and brown two-tone leather trim gives it a soft, welcoming texture, while light contrast stitching visually firms up the seams, and hand-braided trim elements run vertically down the seats, as well as around the cup holders and floor mats.

Chestnut veneer wood trim adds the finishing touch.

ENOUGH SHOW - WHAT ABOUT THE GO?



BMW's Detroit media material says nothing about engine options, but it's safe to assume that most if not all the engines available in the new 3 Series will find their way into the production versions of Fabulous Four, starting with two-litre 420i and 425i models, 420d and 430d diesels, plus of course, a 435i with BMW's iconic 225kW turbocharged three-litre straight six.




And, in the fullness of time, there will be an M4; if the rumours buzzing around the cybergarage are to be believed, it's likely to have a new six-cylinder engine of either three or 3.3-litre capacity and two turbochargers, plus a small, electrically-driven supercharger to boost bottom-end response, and deliver about 330kW, compared to the 309kW of the current V8 M3.




BMW

Source: www.iol.co.za

Could there be war if Grace Mugabe becomes President?

Yes
74.28%
No
9.11%
Who cares?
16.61%
626

Comments

Latest Classifieds (Click Here For More)

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Mugabe wants to quit says Zambia's new president

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 4104 Views

Pastor caught engaging bonking policeman's wife in a car - Married Met...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3681 Views

Reasons why Grace Mugabe attacked Joice Mujuru - Ongoing attempts to e...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3878 Views

Mujuru camp hits back - The Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publ...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3933 Views

Thomas Mapfumo not dead - The social media was abuzz on Friday with ...

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2899 Views

Jabulani Sibanda's bedroom coup jab at Mugabe haunts him - The founder...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 1753 Views

Sibanda bedroom coup jab at Mugabe was more potent than Ali's left hoo...

by Wilbert Mukori | 31 October 2014 | 4303 Views

Rude awakening for judge aspirant - A former High Court Registrar and ...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2665 Views

Mugabe and friends need to know we will change history narrative - Th...

by Shingai Mugochi | 31 October 2014 | 3064 Views

Gideon Gono to takeover re-branded Zanu-PF?

by Nancy Mabaya | 31 October 2014 | 4518 Views

Inside Mugabe's sealed succession envelope: Fear, self assassinations ...

by Dinizulu Mbikokayise Macaphulana | 31 October 2014 | 4270 Views

When even the gullible can no longer be fooled - The west has once mor...

by Tafara Shumba | 31 October 2014 | 1107 Views

Tsvangirai's wife refuses to be called Dr Macheka - Morgan Tsvangirai'...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 7090 Views

Image battered Tsvangirai faces the daunting task of reuniting the par...

by Prince Tongogara | 31 October 2014 | 1936 Views

MDC-T Congress - Live updates - Below are live updates of the Morgan ...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 3989 Views

Senzo Meyiwa suspect arrested at Beitbridge border post - A suspect in...

by City Press | 31 October 2014 | 5510 Views

'Mugabe strong armed by the Chinese to support Mnangagwa': Report - T...

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 6540 Views

Mujuru's lawyers speak out - Musunga and Associates law firm said it c...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 5698 Views

Woman drags young sister to court for sleeping with her hubby

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 4424 Views

Man commits suicide after girlfriends clash at his place

by Court Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 4065 Views

Mujuru on the ropes as Mugabe says Grace has right to be in politics -...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2725 Views

Mujuru, Mnangagwa to be probed - President Robert Mugabe will soon set...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 4449 Views

Thousands demand Mujuru's resignation - Scores of Zanu-PF supporters y...

by Staff reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2266 Views

Zanu PF divisions reach boiling point, Gwanetsa fired

by Staff Reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2971 Views

Entertainment

Our hands are clean, says DJ Munya

by Court reporter | 31 October 2014 | 2448 Views

Oliver Mtukudzi to get 'real' PhD - ICONIC musician Oliver Mtukudzi is...

by Staff reporte | 30 October 2014 | 3119 Views

Zimbabwe's JJ survives Big Brother Africa eviction... again - Zimbabw...

by Staff reporter | 27 October 2014 | 2222 Views

Carl Joshua Ncube to star in game show - Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube wi...

by Staff reporter | 23 October 2014 | 1642 Views

LadyBee Anondida - Official video

by Staff Reporter | 23 October 2014 | 4336 Views

Zim representative in the Big Brother Africa survives eviction - Zimba...

by Staff reporter | 20 October 2014 | 3600 Views
iBlog

Four In 10 Americans Face Regular Online Fraud Attacks

Microsoft offers four primary tips to help protect users from identity theft:• be selfish and defensive with personal information by not sharing sensitive details in emails, and instant and text messages• create, use and keep secret so-called “... Read More
SecNews 24 October 2014 ago

Auslogics Boostspeed 7 - More Powerful And User-friendly Than Ever

Auslogics boostspeed 7 - more powerful and user-friendly than ever!wondering how to fix slow computer performance? experts recommend auslogics boostspeed 7 - the most comprehensive system optimization software! auslogics boostspeed 7 is here!the bran... Read More
ITnews 26 August 2014 ago