2014 BMW 4 Series: Bringing the Bimmer Back to its Roots
If you hop in your time machine and take a trip back to 1973, aside from witnessing all sorts of fashion atrocities, you would see that this was the first year BMW began producing their now iconic 3-Series. Internally, the E21 as it is still known today, was produced only in coupe form, but due to high demand on a more global scale, BMW ponied up the extra cash for a sedan. This, in turn, turned out to create the success that BMW still holds today. But lately, BMW has been plagued by the-up-and coming Audi's and Mercedes' of the world, which, thanks to a bit of grunt and perseverance, have even come to outsell the famed 3 Series and its counterparts. So in order to combat this onslaught of newcomers, the Bavarians came up with a clever way to introduce "new" models, without really introducing "new" models. Ie: the all new BMW 4 Series. Since we're all being honest, the 4 Series is a newly re-faced 3 Series with two less doors, a bit more power and a new name. Nothing more, nothing less. In order to further separate the Bavarians from the other less-worthy Germans, the 3 Series needed to be split up to include a more family focused sedan, hybrid lineup under the 3-Series moniker and a more performance driven, high-powered lineup under the 4 Series nameplate (M4, just maybe?).
So, what is/will be different about the new 4 Series? Well, starting off with a top spec M4, although, we know it might break the hearts of some M3-loving fanboys, looking at the bigger picture, it would be more than a step in the right direction for the ailing luxury brand. For one, the M4 will introduce itself into the lineup as a hardcore performance driven coupe that, takes no shit from no one. Returning back to its roots, the M4 is expected to drop down to a turbocharged flat-6 from the aging V8. That will make penguins happy by returning better mpg and less harmful chemicals into the ozone, while still delivering our daily dose of recommended power. A win win scenario. As for the 4 Series exterior, we expect much of the same; Massively flared wheel arches, an angry front fascia and on the M4, more M badges than one would know what to do with in his entire lifetime. Outgoing, aggressive and sporty, like any good BMW should be. http://youtu.be/ehvPihKc7TY Under the hood, rumor is that a naughty six-speed manual transmission will be in place as standard. Throwing out all the fru-fru technology, BMW is attempting to shove down our throats like an 8-speed transmission (although, that will most likely be an option), a ridiculously difficult traction control setting and more LEDs than a Japanese arcade. We need to get back to pure, simple, BMW fashion. While all these notions are just, well, notions, we do expect that through BMW's struggle to find their identity in years past and a fanbase that stretches far beyond bluetooth headsets and business casual, it could be a new beginning for the Bavarians as they take the stage next year in Detroit/Frankfurt...Or at least we hope so.