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 A head-turner. The BMW 4 Series Coupe´ with its prominent, vertical BMW kidney grille is even better in the ‘flesh’.
A head-turner. The BMW 4 Series Coupe´ with its prominent, vertical BMW kidney grille is even better in the ‘flesh’.

Much has been made of ‘The 4’s’ overside kidney grille … not all of it good. So, before I crack on with the BMW 4 Series Coupé review, let’s get something out of the way.

And yes, it’s about those oversized nostrils. Frankly, I’m not sure I get what all the fuss is about. Personally, I think the oversized snout fits the personality of the car, providing an edgy element to an otherwise elegantly-styled coupe´. I liked the look in the photos. I like it even better in the flesh.

Given historical DNA, a supersized grille was not that unexpected. Take the large vertical kidney grille of the 1938 BMW 327 Coupe´. Back in the day, large grilles were not only style-inspired but also instrumental in engine cooling, particularly for high- performance cars.

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