You had seen it before in concept form, and now here it is in all its glory, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe in production trim. The new 4 Series class is what we used to call the 3 Series Coupe and convertible. By announcing the new nomenclature, BMW also confirms the rumored 8 Series, saying the 4er is “in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes.“
The 4 Series Coupe will launch, in America, with two of the finest engines BMW currently has to offer. We have the 428i, powered by the twin-turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and as a 435i with the multi-award winning Twin Power Turbo 3.0-liter inline six.
They are priced from $41,425 and $46,925 respectively, and they both come with a standard 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The fact that BMW is offering a manual in this age of flappy paddle dual-clutch nonsense is a cause fro celebration. BMW actually goes one better, and offers xDrive all-wheel-drive system for both models. The xDrive models start from $43,425 and 48,925 respectively.
The BMW 4 Series, naturally, benefits from a whole host of BMW technology features, including EfficientDynamics and ConnectedDrive services. These are used to be exclusive to bigger, more expensive cars like the 6 and 7 Series, but you can have intelligent start/stop, heads up display, ECO PRO, and many other great features in a mid-range coupe.
BMW has made sure that the 4 Series is going to be as good to drive as you expect a BMW coupe to be, equipping it with the a sophisticated multi-link suspension, sport brakes, and a steering system that is electric, but delivers a good amount of feel.
Then there’s the design of the car, boasting typical BMW features such as short overhangs, dynamically-shaped pillars, and nicely flared wheel arches. The front and rear-end are inspired by the F30 sedan, something the E90 Series steered clear of, and the interior is also pretty much identical to the four-door car. The 4er seems to have an unusually high roof though, and a side profile akin to that of the 3 Series GT. It seems like a bit of a compromise to provide the occupants with more space.
Set for launch in the summer, the BMW 4 Series will also get a long list of M accessories for the exterior, interior and chassis for those who want to personalize their car further.