Monday 19 March 2018

BMW planning 4 more sport, power and fun in new coupe

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

BMW's new 4-series coupe, successor to the much-loved 3-series coupe, will cost from €47,130 on the road when it gets here on October 5.

Considering it is a new car, it isn't costing much more than its current 3-series equivalent.

The 420d SE is the new entry-level model with the €47,130 price. That compares with €46,320 for the 320d SE.

I have to say that even in camouflage, it looked quite striking when I spotted one being put through its paces in Munich last week. I am really looking forward to seeing it in the flesh and driving it.

This is based on the same platform as the 3-series saloon, and will have rear-wheel-drive, of course. However, some models will also have the option of four-wheel-drive. That is seen as an attempt to broaden its appeal.

It has wider front (45mm) and rear (81mm) tracks than the 3-series, while they lowered the suspension by 10mm. BMW say it has the lowest centre of gravity of any Beemer on sale.

It is 26mm longer (4638mm), 43mm wider (1825mm) and 16mm lower (1362mm) than the 3-series coupé it follows. Wheelbase is increased by 50mm (to 2810mm).

There will be five trim levels – SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport.

Three engines get it going from the start: a 4cyl, 181bhp turbodiesel (420d), a 4cyl 242bhp 2-litre petrol (428i) and a 6cyl, 302bhp, 3-litre petrol (435i).

Among the trio of engines added a month after that will be a 420i 181bhp 2-litre 4cyl petrol, a 430d, 254bhp 3-litre 6cyl diesel and 435d, 309bhp version of the 3-litre 6cyl.

The 435d will be sold with the xDrive all-wheel drive system as standard. By November, you can have xDrive as an option on the 420d and 420i. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard on everything except the 430d and 435d (8spd).

Obviously the 420d (121g/km) is the likely one for here, though the 6cyl diesel looks like it could be fun. The real fun lies with the 435i which sprints to 100kmh in 5.1secs.

And next May, there will be an M4 coupé with a revised 3-litre six-pot petrol engine churning out a reputed 440bhp.

The 4-series looks like it is going to be sportier too with axle responses, springs, dampers etc tuned for greater agility.


Even under camouflage, there was no doubting its 3-series saloon roots, especially at the front, but BMW say the body is unique. And there are sharper screen angles.

Dashboard and centre console are shared with the 3-series saloon too. The front seats are set lower but there is reportedly a better and sportier driving position.

Standard equipment will include a 6.5in colour screen with the iDrive controller and heated leather seats.

It will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. And then it rolls in here.

Irish Independent

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