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      10-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Cool BMW M4 Coupe (F82) Back on the Track [Video and Pics]

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We haven't spotted the F82 M4 Coupe at the Nurburgring since July, when the F82 was spied for the very first time in public testing. Well, it's now back at the Ring during an onslaught of BMW prototype testing in the past week, including the F80 M3, F82 M4, F36 4 Series Gran Coupe, F15 X5 M, 3 Series GT, and the M6 Gran Coupe.

Below are the most recent photos and a video of the F82 M4 in testing at the Nurburgring, as well as a recap of what's known and speculated about the next gen M3/M4 thus far.

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To recap, here is an updated list of what we know about the F80/F82 so far:
  • Lighter than current M3
    • targeting E46 M3 weight (source)
  • More powerful than current M3
    • approximately same HP, but around 100 lb-ft more torque (in range of 395 lb-ft) (source)
  • Faster than current M3 (source)
  • More efficient than current M3 (source)
  • Powered by an inline 6 cylinder multi-turbo engine (source, source)
  • Offered with optional or standard manual transmission
  • Electric Power Steering (completely reworked for precision for M3/M4)
  • Tires (from prototype) - Michelin Pilot Super Sport: 255/35/19 (front), 275/35/19 (rear)
  • Front styling to feature elements from the M6 and 1M coupe, with Air Curtain technology (our render)
  • Hood to feature power/vent bump
  • M3 Introduced late 2013 - early 2014 (concept debuts earlier)
  • M4 Introduced no earlier than late 2014

Body

Both the front and rear fenders on the M4 coupe are significantly flared and stretched compared to the F32 4 Series prototypes we have spotted. The rear flare is easy to spot, while the front is less conspicuous. But, one can easily see in some photos a the gap in the front fender camouflage which clearly shows the front fender as much wider than the rest of the side body. The stretched fenders will accommodate a wider track for the M4 (vs the regular 4 Series).

Although not visible in these photos, you can expect the F82 M4 coupe to receive the same (or very similar) hood lip/bulge that we've spotted on the F80 M3 sedan.

Underneath the completely covered front fascia will be a sleeker version of the F30 3 Series front end, with sportier lights and grilles (which have now been revealed on the F32 4 Series prototypes). There will of course be M styled front bumper as well. The mirrors are from the F30 3 Series and for testing purposes only. The final production mirrors will be sportier, but may not be revealed until even after the concept debuts (like the F10 M5).


Carbon Fiber Roof / Brakes

This particular mule does not appear to feature a carbon fiber roof, but we're fairly sure that the production M4 Coupe will utilize a carbon fiber roof. Its brakes resemble the new 3 Series' M Sport brakes, paired with steel cross drilled rotors.





BMW M4 Coupe (F82)





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      10-05-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Surely this car will be out by early 2014? I know late 2014 and early 15 have been quoted but BMW stated they wanted to get their M-cars out sooner after the regular series cars and all the hardware on this will be the same as the F80.
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Surely this car will be out by early 2014? I know late 2014 and early 15 have been quoted but BMW stated they wanted to get their M-cars out sooner after the regular series cars and all the hardware on this will be the same as the F80.
My lease is up late summer 2014 and I really think I will want a coupe over a sedan. I really hope they release the F82 early.

It's funny. When I got my car a year ago I was worried the new M would be out for over a year while I would be driving the "old" car. Now I may not even be able to get a F82 on my timeframe.
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Surely this car will be out by early 2014?
No way. We'll just barely be seeing the regular F32 in the fall of 2013. The ///M version will certainly be a year (or more) afterwards.
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It's funny. When I got my car a year ago I was worried the new M would be out for over a year while I would be driving the "old" car. Now I may not even be able to get a F82 on my timeframe.
Right there with you, my factory maint is up in a year and I was thinking the replacement coupe (which I'm also set on) would be out by then so I could do an easy trade in. It really does seem a huge delay, but I stand by my opinion that the F82 will be with us in closer to 18 months rather than 24-30 months oft-quoted since the 4-series should release in Europe in 6-12 months. . (Crossing my fingers anyhow
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My lease is up late summer 2014 and I really think I will want a coupe over a sedan. I really hope they release the F82 early.

It's funny. When I got my car a year ago I was worried the new M would be out for over a year while I would be driving the "old" car. Now I may not even be able to get a F82 on my timeframe.
If you have another BMW on order, you can extend your lease up to six months. Talk to your dealer.
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If you have another BMW on order, you can extend your lease up to six months. Talk to your dealer.
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The sedan has a way better looking and aggressive stance IMO.. This is looking so long! Hopefully just the camo playing tricks on me
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My lease is up late summer 2014 and I really think I will want a coupe over a sedan. I really hope they release the F82 early.

It's funny. When I got my car a year ago I was worried the new M would be out for over a year while I would be driving the "old" car. Now I may not even be able to get a F82 on my timeframe.
My thoughts exactly.
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The sedan looks way more "///M" than the coupe prototypes. I know that the camo plays a role but the camo'd F80 looks way more aggressive than the camo'd F82. The F82 looks weird.
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I'm glad the M4 is out till 14 or 15... Gives me time to pay off my 2011 335

Thanks for all the updates Jason
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Gotta love the sound of that white e92 M3 in the last video. You can hear both together, and that high revving V8 sounds amazing. Gonna miss it!!
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But it is going to be called an M4...
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I think I don't speak just for myself. It's time to show some skin under the camo!
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I don't hear the exhaust pop in the new video anymore. Guess they adjusted it.
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I don't hear the exhaust pop in the new video anymore. Guess they adjusted it.
Didn't sound like it was being pushed too hard.

If it farts like the M5 does I'm getting an NA V8 instead
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As jobs go, being an M test driver looks pretty damn sweet.
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With the lack of revealing pictures, I can't say I'm itching for this car to come out. As others have said, it may be the camo, but it doesn't look good at all.
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