BMW has today unveiled Concept 4 - a future-focused interpretation of a modern BMW coupe, which combines a dynamically potent, emotionally engaging design with exclusivity and exceptional driving attributes.
"The BMW Concept 4 embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand," commented Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design."
Grabbing the attention at the heart of the front end is the vertically oriented kidney grille: its form and design reference legendary classics such as the BMW 328 or BMW 3.0 CSi. The grille's grating contains horizontal trim elements with a faceted cut which create a neat contrast against the sporty design of the front end and lend depth and exclusivity to the grille. "The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars," said Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. "The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range."
The slim and focused twin headlights are slightly angled and team up with the kidney grille to lend the front end a modern look with a strong identity. The striking LED light elements have no glass cover; instead, they are worked into the body like three- dimensional sculptures. This allows them to bring an even greater sense of modernity and technical sophistication to the front end. The sharply contoured bonnet extends the lines of the front end through powerful volumes and edging of precision. The bold surfacing frames the kidney grille like a gemstone.
The BMW Concept 4 displays BMW's signature proportions at their most modern form yet. The stretched bonnet, long wheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs create a modern, elegant and dynamic coupe outline. Within the silhouette, the ultra-pure surfaces of the new BMW Concept 4 form a powerful main body. The interplay of tautly chiseled volumes and a small number of extremely precise contours creates a rare sense of emotion and dynamism.
The athletic body incorporates a slender glasshouse with a narrow window aperture, which further emphasizes the dynamism of the side. The long, sweeping roofline flows smoothly into the boot lid, giving the rear end a high-class and sporty aesthetic. The bulging rear wheel arches lend visual expression to the power coursing through the rear wheels and accentuate the muscular shoulders higher up. The slender area above the front wheels, meanwhile, strikes a neat dynamic balance. Its tempered volumes enhance visual agility and lightness.
The exterior paint tone Forbidden Red lends the interaction of contours and volumes a dramatic sense of radiance and depth: any surfaces in the light project a rich, glossy red, while shade creates an almost black effect and a striking contrast.
The rear of the BMW Concept 4 sits low over the road, as befits a sporty car. Picking up where the front end left off, generously sized and clear surfaces with only a small number of lines make a statement of sporting intent that stirs the emotions. The LED rear lights consisting of a single fiber-optic element lend the familiar BMW L shape a cutting-edge 'heartbeat' graphic and dispense with glass covers. Their contours underscore the sportingly horizontal focus of the rear end and accentuate its brawny stance on the road.
The striking diffuser integrated into the muscular rear apron sets the seal on the car's rear-end design. Its vertical fins break up the clean surfaces of the car's tail to send a statement of fine sporting pedigree.