We don ‘t usually dwell on renderings here at BF. They ‘re often off-base and at times they ‘re only good at creating swirl on internet boards. But every so often one drops our jaw to the ground. And in this case we believe it ‘s also very close to reality.

In 2014 BMW will launch the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe. Following the standard two door 4 Series (renamed from the 3 Series in order to properly move up market), the 4GC will bring two rear doors and an extended wheel-base to better accommodate the occasional back-seat passengers. Unsurprisingly the 4GC will feature the same general design ideas that the 6GC debuted this year; 4+1 seating, limited headroom and a sleek roofline plus other unique design touches meant to position this four door further up-market.

But none of it means much if it isn ‘t stunning to look at. And based on what we ‘ve heard from insiders, the 4CG will be nothing less than the best looking BMW four door in recent memory. And while it may be early, we can ‘t help but be just a little excited. Especially for the M version.

Look for the 4GC to debut in concept form late next year followed by a production debut in the spring of 2014. We ‘d expect it to hit showrooms later in 2014 in both 28i and 35i form. Then look for a full-on M version (and likely an M Performance version) a year to 18 months later.

Hat tip: BMWBLOG