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First Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series

By Steven J. Ewing

2014 BMW 4 Series

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Because Four Is Greater Than Three

Say what you will about the name 4 Series, there is a method to BMW’s madness. On one hand, it’s easy enough to just buy into the logic that odd numbers are reserved for sedans and wagons, and that even numbers are reserved for coupes and convertibles. On the other hand, consider the idea that the higher numbers are used to separate the more dynamic, more engaging vehicles that use the same platform. It’s that sort of separation that differentiates the 6 Series so nicely from its 5 Series roots, after all. And if we’re being cynical, it also allows BMW to charge a bit more money for its lower-volume offerings.

So with the new two-door version of the 3 Series, BMW has gone the route of strengthening the dynamic virtues of its F30 chassis to create a car that’s more removed from its sedan kin than one might think. And after spending some time with the new 4 Series on the roads around Lisbon, Portugal, as well as the famous Circuito do Estoril racetrack, it’s increasingly clear that calling this car a 3 Series Coupe simply wouldn’t be fair.

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2014 BMW 4 Series originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: BMW dishes on 'lightweight' 2014 M4

By Brandon Turkus

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BMW’s M cars are not what we’d call featherweights. Sure, the big, bruising twin-turbocharged V8s deliver a lot of power, but the fact of the matter is that more weight often equates to less fun.

Which is why we’re so excited over a recent sit-down the blokes at Top Gear had with BMW’s product manager for small and medium cars, Matt Collins. The chat led to talk of the M3 Coupe replacing M4. Collins confirmed that, yes, the new M4 would be turbocharged. The new engine will also be a six-cylinder, which should make purists happy.

“What we’d like is more focus on lightweight engineering.” -Matt Collins

But what really peaked our interest was the talk of weight savings for the M4. Collins told Top Gear, “What we’d like is more focus on lightweight engineering.” It gets better, TG also reports Collins as saying, “The philosophy will be around delivering performance through improved use of materials – lightweight alloys, lots of carbon fibre etc – rather than simply trying to make the engine more powerful to move the same kind of car, or scaling it back too far so that it loses its M3 roots.” This left us smiling.

Citing the experience gleaned from the i3 and i8 projects, including the use of carbon fiber, lead to talk of a lightweight, hardcore M4 – a car that could, perhaps, wear the letters C, S and L on the back. Collins followed the party line, though, stating in the interview, “There are no plans at the moment to build a lightweight CSL version of the M4, but there weren’t any plans to do the last-generation CSL either. We have to see what the customers think, and if there’s potential for an even more lightweight version, we’ll do it.”

As for availability, Collins indicated that BMW’s past schedule of bringing out an M variant about 18 months after the debut of a 3 Series Coupe, should hold up for the 4 Series and M4. If that timing is true, we can hope to see a production M4 at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

BMW dishes on ‘lightweight’ 2014 M4 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW Testing 2014 2 Series (M235i), M3 and i8 on Nurburgring: Video

By Steven

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Recently a spy photographer captured a few new 2014 BMW models testing on the Nurburgring. What looks to be the new 2 Series Coupe with an M-Performance package, possibly the M235i, was caught in the mix of making its rounds on the ring with the new 2014 BMW M3 and i8. Hit up the video below to check it out and get a good listen to the new 2014 BMW M3.

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Video: UK driver bricks father's Audi TT into side of house

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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A family in Lowestoft, UK woke up to quite a surprise Sunday morning when they found a bright red Audi TT parked in their living room. While the details of the crash are unknown, the video shows the TT lodged halfway into the side of a house after the car somehow drove through a hedge, launched in the air and drove over two parked cars.

From the angle of the accident shown on the BBC video, it appears the roads may have been snowy or ice and there was a berm behind the hedges, which apparently launched the car into the air helping it drive over a parked BMW 3 Series Coupe and an Audi A4 Avant. Reports indicate that the driver was in his 20s, and he suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition; there were three people inside the house, but none of them were injured. The car belonged to the driver’s father.

Scroll down for three videos showing the aftermath of the accident, and head over to BBC for that news report.

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UK driver bricks father’s Audi TT into side of house originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Detroit: We Obsessively Covered the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

By Steven J. Ewing

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The first auto show of 2013 has officially come to a close, kids. We’ve had a busy couple of days here in Detroit Rock City, and this show has indeed had its share of major reveals. (You’ve probably heard about this new Corvette thing.) But in case you missed a single post from our obsessive coverage, we’ve wrangled them all up for you in one easy-to-scan post. Thanks for watching, and we’ll be back at it next month in Chicago.

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra show all their sides in Detroit

Fiat 500 Cattiva and Abarth Tenebra concepts showcase design to enhance personality

2014 Jeep Compass/Patriot sing their swan songs with a six-speed automatic

Shelby unveils tuned Ford Focus ST, widebody GT500 Super Snake

Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Racecar ready to bring diesel to Grand-Am

2014 Acura MDX Prototype is exactly what we expected

Acura NSX Concept is pretty on the inside, too [w/video]

2014 Cadenza is Kia’s take on the Hyundai Azera

2014 Cadillac ELR wears a suave suit with Volt underpants

2014 Lexus IS brings boldest design yet to entry-level luxury

Ford Atlas Concept carries the weight of the F-150 on its shoulders [w/video]

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible runs topless through Motown

2014 Quattroporte kicks off 50th anniversary for Maserati with new V6, AWD

2014 Nissan Versa Note pushes the little hatchback forward

Nissan Resonance Concept gives glimpse of next Murano

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray is worth another (and another) look [w/poll]

2014 Audi RS7 is a 189-mph terror

2014 BMW Z4 offers minor refinements with a majorly orange wrapper

2014 Audi SQ5 ditches diesel, still packs a punch

Volkswagen shows off performance-ish Passat concept

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is ready for your favorite roads

Mini John Cooper Works Paceman is a potent little hot hatch in a fat suit

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG rumbles on stage 4Matic style

Honda Urban SUV concept previews Fit-based crossover

Toyota debuts Furia concept, heralds next Corolla design

Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg take the R-Line

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept takes a sleek look at the future

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup shows its freshened face

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and SRT climb onto stage

BMW adds new entry-level 320i model, priced from $33,445*

Volkswagen CrossBlue previews a three-row future, diesel-hybrid power [w/video]

MKC Concept is the real fresh start for Lincoln [w/poll]

Bob Lutz brings Destino, a ZR1-powered Karma, to Detroit

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe proves that 3-2=4

2014 Infiniti Q50 debuts G-replacing design, new hybrid model

2013 Dodge Dart GT offers subtle menace in compact form

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S brings 50 extra ponies to Detroit

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is dressed to impress

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Everything there is to know [w/video]

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We Obsessively Covered the 2013 Detroit Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Detroit: BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe proves that 3-2=4

By Steven J. Ewing

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BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe

BMW may be calling this 4 Series Coupe a concept, but take a long, hard look – this will be the car that replaces the 3 Series Coupe in the automaker’s lineup. Don’t let that number change trip you up. This car will have all the basic elements of what makes a 3 Series coupe so popular, and while this isn’t technically the production model (there are still come conceptual elements and we don’t have powertrain details), it’s pretty much what we can look forward to seeing out on the road very soon. And honestly, the naming strategy isn’t that weird (though it’s still plenty odd) – BMW will be using even numbers for all its coupes and convertibles moving forward. 1 Series, meet 2 Series. And when a 3 Series loses two doors, it becomes a 4 Series.

Dimensionally, the new 4 Series coupe is 1.7-inches wider, half an inch shorter in overall height, and rides on a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase. It’s a really pretty thing, with bold, aggressive body sculpting up front, and a rear deck that’s sort of like a downsized version of the larger 6 Series two-door. It’s all very handsome, but we’ll reserve final judgment until we see the production version with its likely smaller wheels and possibly toned-down visuals.

We don’t yet have powertrain details, but we fully expect the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0-liter turbo-six to carry over in 328i 428i and 435i guise. Though remember, other 3.0-liter models in BMW‘s range use 40i designation, so we could possibly be looking at a 440i Coupe, instead. We won’t know until the production car officially bows later this year.

For now, check out our live photos direct from the Detroit show floor and scroll down for BMW‘s press blast.

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BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe proves that 3-2=4 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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