A new number will join the BMW line-up later this year. The BMW4-Series Coupe is set to compete with the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

The move is intended to offer greater differentiation from the 3-Series. This new model is larger in width and wheelbase than the outgoing 3-Series Coupe.

And as with every BMW, it promises to offers driving dynamics from the “top drawer”. It has a 50/50 weight distribution and was honed in a wind tunnel.

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At launch, one six-cylinder and two four-cylinder engines will be available. The 435i Coupe has a 225kW output, while the 420d Coupe produces 135kW. You can have a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox.

It still hangs onto those familiar 3-Series traits. But with two doors subtracted, a sharper front-end and side-vents, it looks sexier and more aggressive. BMW says the Air Curtains up front minimise drag and Air Breathers at the rear aid flowing and resistance.

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It will also be offered with various “Line” packages: Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport. Pricing will be announced closer to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.