Grille Subsequent Door: BMW Reveals New Idea Four in Frankfurt


We apologize to our West Coast readership who could also be taking in these footage whereas munching on their Froot Loops. It should be ruining your urge for food. In line with BMW, that entrance finish — Hannibal-style kidney grille and all — is the brand new face of the Four Collection.

Is it too late to take again all of the dangerous issues I stated in regards to the Chris Bangle design period?

“The kidney grille has all the time been a signature characteristic of BMW automobiles,” stated Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, in a press launch. “The BMW Idea Four presents a assured and stylish tackle this iconic characteristic.” We’re sure Mr. Dukec, on the job since March of this yr, is aware of his method round a design pencil, given his tenure as Head of Design on the i and M division. Nevertheless, ‘elegant’ shouldn’t be a phrase we’d use to explain the gaping maw on this Idea 4.

Terrifyingly, Dukec goes on to say “The BMW Idea Four gives a stay up for the expressive face of the Four Collection vary.” Along with the alarming grille, its bulbous hood flares alongside the centre line, reminding this creator of a swollen nostril because of the hood flaring’s extension out into the entrance fascia to fulfill That Grille. Maybe the entire thing appears to be like extra cohesive in particular person.

Across the facet and again, fortunes enhance dramatically. The dish on these wheels is simply incredible, whereas the flank sculpting flows again to a sensuous set of flared hips. A contrasting coloration rear diffuser-like addenda offers the rear a bit an excessive amount of visible peak however it’s largely offset by the horizontal traces alongside its lamps and trunklid.

Little was stated in regards to the Idea 4’s inside or degree of package (I’m utilizing that time period on function simply to rankle the bedwetters who complained about its use in Matt’s put up about VW yesterday), nor was there any point out of propulsion choices. At the moment, the Four Collection vary is obtainable with 248hp and 320hp mills, plus the 425hp silky twin-turbo inline-six discovered beneath the hood of the M4 coupe.

Keep tuned to extra information out of this week’s Frankfurt Motor Present. Hopefully, there can be extra horsepower and fewer grille.


[Images: BMW Group]