Although the BMW 4 Series coupe concept was unveiled last month, the automaker is still hard at work testing its upcoming two-door. This particular test mule, which was caught performing some winter tests alongside an Audi A5, is covered with camouflage, but there’s no doubt that it’s the BMW 4 Series.
A few obvious clues are easy to spot. For starters, the exhaust tips tell us that this tester is likely packing a 3.0-liter, turbo inline-six that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque in the current 2013 BMW 335i coupe. the successor to that car is the 4 Series. The new, designation for the next-generation 3 Series coupe and convertible keeps the car in line with BMW’s new nomenclature strategy to give all coupes (yes, even the “four-door” coupes) even numbers.
And thanks to the white stuff on the ground, we can also assume this prototype may be equipped with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which engineers are likely benchmarking with the A5’s Quattro system. The side body panels are mostly covered up, but we can still see the functional air vents on the front fender. Dubbed Air Breather and Air Curtain, BMW says the air vents help improve aerodynamics by channeling air from the front air intake to the outside of the front wheels.
The tester’s front end is also masked, but the headlight units and lower air dam cut outs looks similar to the 4 Series coupe concept. Of course, we’re curious to see how much of the concept’s detailing will carry over to the production version, which is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of this year.
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