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Tuesday 24 October 2017

BMW 4-series Coupe - The key facts

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The new BMW 4-series is based on the same platform as the 3-series saloon and goes on sale here on October 5. It will cost from €47,130 OTR for the 420d (4cyl) diesel.

That compares with €46,320 for the current 320d coupe SE. While it is rear- wheel-drive many models will have xDrive four-wheel-drive option.

Wider front (45mm) and rear (81mm) tracks than 3-series.

Suspension 10mm lower.

 Lowest centre of gravity of any BMW on sale.

26mm longer (4,638mm), 43mm wider (1,825mm), 16mm lower (1,362mm) than 3-series coupe.

Wheelbase up 50mm to 2,810mm.

Five trim levels – SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury, M Sport.

Three engines: 4cyl, 181bhp turbodiesel (420d), 4cyl 242bhp 2-litre petrol (428i) and 6cyl, 302bhp, 3-litre petrol (435i).

Followed by three more a month after launch: 420i, 181bhp 2-litre 4cyl petrol; 430d, 254bhp 3-litre 6cyl diesel; and 435d, 309bhp version of 3-litre 6cyl.

The 435d will have xDrive as standard. By November, xDrive option on 420d and 420i. Six-speed manual gearboxes standard – except with 430d and 435d (8spd).

Big seller: 420d (121g/km, €270 road tax). The 435i tested sprints to 100kmh in 5.1secs.

Dashboard, centre console from 3-series saloon.

50:50 weight distribution on two axles, 25kg lighter.

Springs, dampers, camber angle, responses of both axles retuned.

Boot: 445 litres (35 litres fewer than 3 series saloon).

Auto Start-Stop, electric power steering

Optional Connected Drive media packages.

Standard equipment: Dakota leather upholstery, two-zone air con, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, front/rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Servotronic steering, multi-function leather steering wheel, Xenon headlights. DAB radio, Drive Performance Control (allows you to set up for Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes), 6.5in colour screen, automatic lights/wipers and boot opening.

Apart from the SE, 18in alloys and sport seats standard.

Debuts in Frankfurt in September.

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