BMW Pulls the Cover Off Its All-New 4 Series Coupe
Buyers will have the choice of rear-wheel-drive 428i and 435i models, priced from $41,425 and $46,925, respectively. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is available for an extra $2,000. In addition to the base trim level, the all-new 4 Series lineup includes the Sport, featuring high-gloss black exterior accents, black and red interior treatment, and a sport suspension; Luxury, which details the body with chrome instead of black and upgrades the cabin with genuine wood trim; and an M Sport variant boasting performance brakes with blue calipers, a more aggressively tuned chassis, and aerodynamic enhancements including side skirts and revised front and rear bumpers.
Developed on a platform shared with the current 3 Series Sedan, the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe has been engineered with optimal handling in mind, as evidenced by its 50:50 weight distribution and, compared with the 3 Series Coupe, lower center of gravity, up to 99-pound weight reduction, and substantially widened track.
Under the hood, BMW offers a choice of two familiar power plants. The 428i features a direct-injection, 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a sport setting. According to BMW, the 2014 428i is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 435i is equipped with a direct-injection, 3.0-liter, turbocharged, inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. When paired with the automatic transmission, BMW claims this model will reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. To maximize efficiency, the 4 Series offers auto start/stopt and an Eco Pro mode that improves fuel economy by up to 20 percent, according to the automaker.
Looking beyond its sports-coupe attributes, the new 4 Series offers a host of comfort and convenience technologies, some of which include a new iDrive touchpad controller, more informative head-up display, available LED headlights, and a collision-notification feature capable of determining how hard and from what angle the car was hit, the number of belted occupants, and what level of emergency response is necessary.