The pictures here are the clearest yet of the new BMW M4 coupe, the replacement for the existing high-performance M3.
The lightly disguised M4 was caught near Germany’s Nurburgring circuit ahead of its first public outing at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.
Under the bonnet is expected to be a 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine delivering around 335kW of power and 550Nm of torque, oomph that should get the two-door from zero to 100km/h in just over four seconds.
The engine is a gruntier version of the same capacity unit that powers the new 435i coupe, due in New Zealand within the next two months.
BMW New Zealand will release details – prices and specs – of the standard 4-Series coupe range over the next few days.
The range is expected to be available here with M-Sport extras that will replicate the look of the new M4.
The M4 itself won’t make it to New Zealand until later next year. It will use lightweight materials, including a carbon-fibre roof and boot lid and an aluminium bonnet, to help keep the car’s centre of gravity low to the ground.
The new M4 Cabriolet was also pictured at the Nurburgring. It offers the same engine performance but with a folding hard-top, also likely to be made of lightweight material.