2014 BMW 4-Series Styling

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The 4-Series poses the usual luxury-coupe quandary. It's more sensually styled than its four-door cousins, but it's too content with that. Handsome? Yes. Daring? No.

It would overlay almost perfectly with the old 8-Series Coupe--if the wheelbase weren't actually a half-foot longer, that is.

Sure, it's pretty--but has any BMW two-door escaped the 8-Series orbit yet?

The shape has the same general feel and proportions of the 8er, and of the past generations of 3-Series coupes. It could use new inspirations. The 4-Series front end is composed of big negative spaces that stand out against its low roofline. The shape wouldn't look odd on a Mustang.

The sweep of the 4-Series' cockpit makes more sense in the coupe versus the related sedan, despite the reminders of a similar theme that divides some Toyota cockpits. The driver is walled off by arcs of wood and plastic and metal. The cabin's dominated by a bright, big screen stuck on the dash and by the huge iDrive controller knob. That can all be corrected by applying the trim packages that elevate the 4-series out of its most basic, blandest look.

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