It might have had a controversial new facelift and a little nip and tuck here and there, but the new BMW 4 Series Coupé looks set to take over as yet another dream car from the marque.
First launched mid-2020 but finally available in Singapore, the two-door is easily more distinctive and sportier. We’re not just talking about looks either; BMW also promises the driving experience to be even more richly engaging, dynamic, and sharper. Most importantly, there’s a clearer line of distinction between this model and the 3 Series sedan.
Now, it’s properly poised to take on other premium two-door models like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A5 and Lexus RC. We take a closer look at the fresh offering, and how it’ll redefine the essence of driving pleasure in the premium midsize segment.
The BMW 4 Series’ ground-up redesign sees the new coupé inherit some seriously aggressive styling, but the elephant in the room here is no doubt the famous kidney grille, now upsized and stretched vertically — like the M3 and M4’s — to become the single most defining element of its fascia.
Its standard air intakes now also have a mesh structure previously only reserved for M models. As radical as this look may seem, this revamp is actually a modern twist on a design once shared with legendary classics like the BMW 328 and 3.0 CSi.
This confidence is further bolstered by a stretched bonnet, muscular rear haunches, and a swooping roofline, with squinty full-LED front and rear lights that are poised to intimidate on the roads.
Both the all-new BMW 430i Coupé and BMW 420i Coupé boast remarkably sporty performance characteristics and superior efficiency.
From the outset, the new 4-Series Coupé will come equipped with a two-litre, four-cylinder engine with two different power options. The 420i has 184hp with a full 300Nm of torque produced from 1,350rpm, while the 430i has 258hp and 400Nm produced slightly higher up the rev range at 1,550rpm. It also has 6hp more than its predecessor.
Both engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission which drives the 420i to 100kph in 7.5 seconds and 5.8 seconds in the more powerful 430i. A new Sprint function — which comes standard on the 430i Coupé M Sport Pro — is also available to assist in priming the engine for maximum dynamism in mid-range acceleration while paddle shifters heighten the sense of occasion with every shift.
As with every great BMW two-door, chassis dynamics is at the forefront, and the new 4 Series Coupé is no different. The car is now also 57mm lower than the 3 Series to reduce body roll during cornering, 23mm wider at the rear, and has tweaked camber angles on the front wheels to enhance handling. Even the coupé’s chassis sees added rigidity for better straight-line stability.
Fitted with the M Sport suspension, the 420i features tune lift-related dampers. The 430i can be equipped with the Adaptive M suspension which incorporates electronically controlled dampers and this is standard on the 430i Coupé M Sport Pro. There is also a fully variable locking electronic rear differential available as an option on the 430i Coupé for even better handling when the adaptive dampers are fitted.
For added stopping power, M Sport brakes are an available option. The red or blue callipers look immaculate behind the 18- or 19-inch wheels; opt for the top 430i Coupé M Sport Pro though, and they only come in red.
Inside, the 4 Series’ sportiness is accentuated by Alcantara/Sensatec sports seats in the BMW 420i Coupé M Sport and leather Vernasca M Sport seats in BLW 430i Coupé M Sport Pro. Because every driver is different, expect to be spoilt with an array of optional extras, such as the leather-swathed BMW Individual instrument panel.
Other creature comforts that come as standard, though, includes the three-zone automatic climate control and a Storage package, as well as an auxiliary heating system and ambient lighting including Welcome Light Carpet. Boot space is pretty generous at 440 litres, which should be able to cater to your every needs or a short road trip without complaint.
Expect the new 4 Series to be smarter, thanks to a wider choice of driver assistance systems as compared to the current generation.
Those dreaming of long journeys will appreciate the features such as as the Front collision warning with brake intervention and Lane Departure Warning including lane return (with steering assistance) as standard, although the optional Driving Assistant Professional will prove to be even more useful with adds a number of features like the new Active Navigation, which uses navigation data to detect any necessary lane changes.
Even the Head-Up Display — standard on the all-new BMW 430i Coupé M Sport Pro — now beams driving-related information onto a projection area enlarged by 70 percent, making driving more seamless than ever before.
As always, BMW leads in the software front and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional here continues that legacy with its 10.25-inch Control Display and another 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. The 4 Series Coupé also allows for software upgrades to be imported remotely, and this intelligent smartphone integration is further bolstered by the BMW Digital Key, where iPhone users can simply tap to unlock and get going by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pushing the start button.
Find out more about the new BMW 4 Series here.
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