NEW MODEL FACTS: The BMW 4 Series Coupe
OVERVIEW: The new BMW 4 Series Coupe will replace the current 3 Series Coupe via it's public launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September. To you and I that's in showrooms from the 5th October 2013 – look out for your local dealers launch invitation.
The first thing you'll notice is it's a little bigger than it's older brother, not by much but it makes a visual difference. The new car's 26mm longer, 43mm wider with a 16mm lower roofline. Add to that the lowered suspension and the New BMW 4 Series has the lowest centre of gravity of any current BMW while continuing the 50:50 weight distribution.
You'll be spoiled for choice with 6 engines to choose from, 3 of which will be available from kick off and yes the roomers are true, they'll be some xDrive all-wheel-drive options – yes a 4-wheel drive BMW coupe!
EfficientDynamics technologies take pride of place as standard on all models and BMW are introducing Drive Performance Control giving drivers more personalisation of the cars characteristics.
BMW continues with it's new specification levels offering the new and now familiar selection of SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and the all important M Sport. Why anyone chooses anything less than M Sport is beyond us!
EXTERIOR: The exterior is text book, kidney grilles, round circular headlights, barbel like air intake on the front of a long bonnet, set-back rear seats and shallower frameless side windows – for sure it's another classic coupe.
INTERIOR: Inside BMW head back to ergonomic roots with an E30 style driver-focused control layout, albeit packed full of new tech and visually evolved. You'll also be pleased to know that gone are the days of flat rear seats, here you'll find a hint at individual rear seating more famously know on the 8 Series – it's simply a beautiful place to be.
SPECIFICATION: As you'd imagine from a new BMW it's packed full of ground breaking technology and the standard spec is high. Included but not limited to is front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Servotronic steering, Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, Xenon headlights, DAB radio, Dakota leather upholstery, Two-zone air conditioning, Cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, Comfort Go, Drive Performance Control, iDrive Controller, 6.5-inch colour screen, automatic lights, wipers and boot opening.
In addition, any model above SE spec receives 18-inch alloy wheels and Sport seats as standard. The Luxury and M Sport models enjoy the BMW Business Media package with BMW Business NAV, BMW Emergency Call and the BMW TeleServices remote diagnostic system. The M Sports will also include M Sport suspension, three-spoke M Sport leather steering wheel, Aluminium interior trim, M Sport light-alloy wheels, M aerodynamic body-styling, Adaptive M Sport suspension with adjustable electronically variable damping.
Specifying the ConnectedDrive media package makes the 4 Series come alive offering a staggering selection of advanced kit like the latest BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system, Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Head-up Display, Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane change warning system, glare-free High-beam Assistant and Park Assist.
The BMW Professional Multimedia NAV now includes enhanced 3D graphics, greater functionality, a new iDrive Touch Controller for writing text with a movable cursor, Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control, Lane change and Lane departure warning, Full speech recognition, Web radio, Social networking and Google Maps. There's also now a free BMW Remote app. which allows you to lock or unlock the car! Other features include flashing the lights, sounding the horn and even setting the air conditioning to trigger at a particular time so the cabin is prepared – simple but amazing.
CONCLUSION: Back in the Bangle days it took us a while to warm to some of BMW's style direction, however from what we've seen here the new 4 Series looks set to redefine the standard (again) and continue to be the German benchmark. The M4 you ask? We can't wait either! For now though the BMW 4 Series Coupe goes on sales in the UK on 5 October 2013 and will cost from £31,575 OTR for the 420d SE.
Oh and the lucky F number is 32.