Finally, this is the new BMW 4-Series, the replacement of what “once” was the 3-Series Coupe, a vehicle that will compete with the A5 from Audi and the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
Making its official debut this autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new 4-Series BMW will come in either rear- or four-wheel drive.
Starting October, initially BMW will offer the 4-Series Coupe with a range of three petrol engines and three diesels. The basic diesel will be the 2.0-litre four cylinders, the same engine found, of course in the actual 3-Series. In this configuration, the 2014 BMW 420d will produce 181bhp with emissions down to 121g/km and economy up to 61.4mpg. 0-60 mph with manual gearbox: 7.5 seconds. According to the Germans, this will be the most fuel-efficient model – at least when at the beginning.
Next in diesel’s line we have the 430d that comes with the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing 254bhp. A 309bhp 435d model is the flagship, but is only available with the xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
In November, xDrive will also be offered as an option on the 420d.
Moving to petrol lineup, we have the 420i – 181bhp 420i in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive (xDrive), the 242 hp 428i and – the fastest – the 435i , which will manage to hit 100km/h in 5.1 seconds when paired with the eight-speed automatic gearbox (5.4sec with manual).
The 4 Series will be offered from launch in a choice of five trim levels – SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport.
As expected the new 4-Series is faster, lighter (if is to compare its new size, because normally this is 30kg heavier) but also more expensive too; but BMW claims the increases are offset by improved specifications. More precisely, the basic 420d will be approx. $846 (Eur 635) more compared to the 3-Series Coupe.
The basic BMW 4-Series comes equipped with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, cruise control, electrically heated front seats, a multi-function steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors.
Options are plentiful, including active cruise control, color head-up display, self-parking system, the latest-gen iDrive.
The top of the line 2014 M4 is expected to hit the market at the end of the year, with an estimated price tag of $86,201 (Eur 64691).
BMW 4 Series Coupe – Prices – U.S. Specific
428i Coupe – MSRP of $41,425
435i Coupe – MSRP of $46,925
2014 428i xDrive Coupe and 435i xDrive – from $43,425 / $46,925
2014 428i xDrive – $43,425
435i xDrive – $48,925
BMW 4 Series Coupe – Dimensions
Compared to the old 3-Series Coupe:
+ 26 mm in length / (182.6 in / 4,638 mm)
+ 50 mm longer wheelbase (110.6 in / 2,810 mm)
roofline: 16 mm lower (53.6 in / 1,362 mm)
+ 43 mm width (71.9 in / 1,825 mm)
+ 80 mm extra width at the rear axle (62.7 in / 1,593 mm)