If you hadn’t noticed, Germany’s automakers are engaged in a model proliferation race. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche have been slicing and dicing their core vehicle lineups to create a blizzard of mainstream, performance, and green machines apparently intended to cater to whatever whim a potential buyer might be pursuing. Even for an automotive journalist who gets paid to know about such things, the trend is utterly overwhelming.
However, I’m glad that this trend has produced the new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Sexier than a 3 Series sedan, more practical than a 4 Series coupe, the new 4 Series Gran Coupe is the BMW that I would buy if I were planning to drop around 50 grand on a new set of wheels. And I’m not the only one thinking this way.