BMW CEO Confirms BMW M4 Gran Coupe Coming in September
The BMW Group held a press conference yesterday, in which its CEO, Dr. Norbert Reithofer talked about the profitable first quarter the company registered and about its plans for the future.
As we already told you, over the first 3 months of the year, BMW managed to break another record in sales and profits, selling over 487,000 cars worldwide and posting a Group profit of over €2.1 billion, before taxes.
The goal of the company is to reach the dreaded 2 million cars sold mark this year, a goal that was projected for 2020 but, apparently, could happen earlier.
In this regard, a new M model will join the range, if we’re to believe what Dr. Reithofer said at the press conference. Speaking of the new cars in the BMW line-up, he said:
“The new BMW 4 Series Convertible came out in March. In June, following the Coupe and Convertible, the third model in the new 4 series will be launched: the Gran Coupe. And for those customers who enjoy an even sportier drive, the M version will be available in September. Two further new M models are the BMW M3 Sedan and the BMW M4 Coupe, both available as of June.”
That means that the M4 Gran Coupe is under development? It certainly seems that way, despite all the previous rumors that claimed the new model won’t have an M version because of its tailgate and the disadvantages it would bring, from a structural point of view.
If it will come to life, it will be using the same S55 engine as its M3 and M4 Coupe brothers, with the complementary 431 HP and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque at the wheels, sent there by a 7-speed DCT gearbox or a 6-speed manual one.