By Staff Contributor.
The BMW 4 Series Concept Coupe represents the peak of a development curve, features its own individual character and a standalone design. BMW also featured the world debut of the 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, the newly updated BMW Z4, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe and the BMW i8 Concept, the only thing missing was the racetrack.
The BMW 4 Series Concept Coupe boasts a standalone design and a new level of sporting dynamics and greater exclusivity. Featuring a slightly longer wheelbase, wider stance and considerably lower roofline than the BMW 3 Series Coupe, the “4” creates a strong, athletic silhouette, which exudes power even while stationary.
Refined exterior and interior design elements along with a new Design Pure Traction equipment package and optional new entry-level engine variant are the latest additions to the updated BMW Z4 Roadster. Three BMW TwinPower Turbo engine options will again be available for the US. The new satin-finish aluminum trim on functional elements such as air intakes and vents, door openers and exterior mirrors add elegance to the design.
The BMW Z4 sDrive28i features BMW’s award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder. It goes 0-60 mph in about five-and-a-half seconds and delivers up to 34 mpg. The Z4 sDrive35i and Z4 sDrive35is both use versions of BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six. Further, the selection of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services available on board the BMW Z4 have also been expanded.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe will bring together the hallmark performance attributes of a BMW M car with the extra spaciousness of a 4-door Coupe. Familiar M features underscore the car’s bespoke styling inside and out. Under the hood, is a V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology coupled with a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, which together develop 560 hp.
The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon offers the flexibility and utility of a premium wagon combined with the driving dynamics of a BMW. Slightly larger than its predecessor, the new 3 Series Sports Wagon features a noticeable increase in interior space and ten percent more cargo volume. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon also features BMW’s award winning N20 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, which improves fuel efficiency by more than 10%. It will also be the next model to offer BMW Lines as a way to tailor the car to individual tastes, just as with the Sedan, by choosing from a quartet of trim and equipment variants, the Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport Line.
Also at on display were two of latest BMW i concepts, the BMW i8 Concept and the BMW i3 Concept Coupe. The BMW i3 and the BMW i8 Concepts will be the first electric and hybrid electric cars to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they come to market in 2013 and 2014.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by BMW.)