Bmw M4 coming with no manual option, just the a dual-clutch transmission (DCT)

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2013

The Bmw M4 Concept made its debut last weekend at Pebble Beach and details regarding the production version already emerged on the Web. According to Autoblog, the Bmw M4 Coupe a.k.a. the E92 M3 successor will be offered with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard, with no manual option. This means that the fans of the three-pedal M3 models will be disappointed.

Still, Bmw might reconsider its decision and offer a manual version of the M4. After all, the Bmw M5 and M6 were launched with automatic transmission as standard and for the 2013MY & 2014MY both M5 and M6 models offer manual option. Moreover, the M4 Coupe will drop the 4.0-liter V8 engine with its 414 hp in favor of a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with twin turbochargers.

The new engine is expected to develop 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Furthermore, the engine is said to have a high redline unusual for turbocharged engines. Regarding the debut, the Bmw M4 Coupe is expected to debut at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show in January.

BMW’s new M4 Coupe Concept features precise contours, faceted surfaces, and distinctive visual depth. These help shape the vehicle’s powerfully expressive front end. The car also has a distinctive identity that makes it immediately recognizable as a BMW M car, thanks to its classic "BMW face," which comes with double kidney, as well as a modern take on the twin round LED headlamps. Moreover, the car has a bonnet boasting a characteristic power dome, which symbolizes the engine’s great power. This dynamic element is highlighted even further by the car’s distinctive contour.

Another stunning feature on the new M4 Coupe Concept’s front is the double bar kidney grille. This BMW M black kidney grille bars mimic the BMW M wheels’ signature M double spoke design. Meanwhile, the M4 emblem on the grille gives the front end an additional exclusive accent. Another eye-catching element is the front apron, which is powerfully shaped and which sports the carbon fiber front splitter. What’s more, three large air intakes provide sufficient cooling air to the car’s high performance power unit.

Furthermore, the car’s supreme potential is expressed through the interplay of contours, surfaces, and volume. Its vertical air vents are sharply outlined and are located in the side air intakes’ outer section. Also called Air Curtain, these vents are a design statement of their own. Along with the Air Breather, these ensure the wheel arches’ aerodynamic closure and improved fuel consumption and air flow.

Additionally, the car’s side conveys the same dynamic impression as the front end. The M4 Coupe Concept is also characterized by a flat and streamlined silhouette as well as by an athletic body design. Its typical BMW proportions, including its long bonnet, set-back greenhouse, long wheelbase, and short front overhang, all contribute to the car’s exceptionally dynamic appearance even while at a standstill. At very first glance, powerfully expressive surface language and muscular wheel arches reveal the car’s supreme performance capabilities.

Topics: bmw, bmw m4, transmission

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