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First Look: BMW 4-Series

Bigger, bolder – and more expensive.

by on Jun.18, 2013

The new BMW 4-Series is longer, lower and wider than the outgoing 3-Series Coupe.

You might get a sense of “déjà vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra was fond of saying, checking out BMW’s all-new 4-Series.

Well, yes, the design is new, and so is the name, but the latest addition to the Bavarian maker’s rapidly proliferating line-up is really just a replacement for the old BMW 3-Series Coupe and, to follow, the 3-er Convertible.  It reflects the approach first adopted with the 6-Series in which premium 2-door and cabriolet models adopt an even model name, sedans an odd number.

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That out of the way, the new BMW 4-Series is a sleek and well-proportioned addition that is getting kudos for a more muscular and well-balanced designed than the old 3-Series Coupe, with a fastback roofline that is clearly reminiscent of the bigger and more expensive 6-Series.

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First Look: BMW Concept 4-Series Coupe

Filling the white space - in Liquid Metal Silver.

by on Dec.05, 2012

BMW's long-awaited 4-Series will debut in concept form at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

Just when you might have thought there’d be no more opportunities to flesh out the BMW line-up, the Bavarian maker has come up with another white space to fill – with the long-awaited BMW Concept 4-Series.

Don’t worry, it won’t remain in show car form for long. Spinning off from the 3-Series sedan line, the new BMW 4-Series will include both Coupe and Cabriolet models when the production version reaches showrooms next year.  The move echoes the strategy of rival Mercedes-Benz which adopted the CLK designation for its C-Class Coupe.

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Explains a news release from BMW, “The ‘4’ doesn’t just mark the start of a new cycle, it represents the zenith of a development curve. BMW has given the new model its own individual character and a standalone design – and, in so doing, has turned ‘4’ into segment shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal.”

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First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

2-door reveal set for Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.14, 2011

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Though the official debut is still weeks away, Mercedes-Benz has lifted the covers on an all-new entry to the line-up, the C-Class Coupe set for a formal introduction at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The 2-door that will be unveiled at Geneva’s PALExpo convention center will be a wee bit smaller than the old CLK that was dropped from the German line-up a few years back.

But for the lack of the rear doors and a lower, sloping roofline, the new coupe will bear a distinct familial resemblance to the updated C-Class sedan that made a brief debut during a Mercedes media party prior to the recent Detroit Auto Show.  Basic dimensions will be the same, including wheelbase and overall length.

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Initially, two versions will be made available, including the C250, with a 1.8-liter 201-horsepower turbocharged inline-four, and the C350, with a 3.5-liter V6 making 304 horsepower.  Both will put power to the rear wheels through the Mercedes 7-speed automatic gearbox.  Expect to see some diesel power follow, as well as the high-performance C-Coupe AMG model that is on the schedule for a preview at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

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