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A BMW coupé by any other name...


IT’S A damp cloudy day in Cape Town and I’m sipping on something warm. I have also finally come into contact with the new BMW 4 Series Coupé and while few would recognise it as a 4 Series other than the splash of coupé profiling, the strong family ties it shares with the 3 Series is comforting.

Hitting 2012 with a frenzy, the new 3 Series embodied exactly what everyone was expecting, and more. This luxurious German brand’s icon raised the bar in what we could and should expect from luxury sedans.

Now, in a wild departure that perhaps many won’t understand, BMW has launched its new 4 Series Coupé for those who crave substance and perhaps even a hint of originality, as this car is set to ready a new coupé era for BMW.

Spirited and mischievous, its stylistic features offer a strong road presence thanks to its exuberant personality captured by not only the familiar family  double-kidney grille, but the visibly larger stance courtesy of the increased width and wheelbase over the outgoing 3 Series Coupé.

The new 4 Series dons the trademark coupé silhouette, from the elongated bonnet and a flowing roofline, while the typical short overhangs highlight its dynamic personality.

Inside the cabin, the 4 Series is dressed in typical BMW attire. The ergonomically spacious interior blends exclusive styling with functionality and high levels of technology, including BMW’s renowned ConnectedDrive.

The 4 Series will initially be available with two engine options. The big-hitting six-cylinder 435i will fuel your hunger for power. It’s smooth out the blocks thanks to its 225kW 3.0-litre petrol engine that produces a healthy torque peak of 400Nm as low down as 1 200rpm. This translates into a 0-100km/h time of just 5.1 seconds before maxing out at an electronically limited 250km/h. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.2 litres/100km while Co2 emissions are 169g/km.

The less boastful but ever-athletic brother, the 428i is certainly the pick of the bunch. Blessed with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, this testosterone-filled powertrain has 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque and isn’t shy in a sprint race, completing the 0-100km/h race in 5.9 seconds.

The power delivery of both engines are compelling and with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard on the 428i or the optional new eight-speed Sports automatic transmission (standard on the 435i), you get to maximise the car’s Driving Dynamics.
Driving Dynamics isn’t just some slogan the suits made up. This car embodies this thinking and handles like a ballet dancer limbering up - elegant and graceful throughout her strides.

The 4 Series is certainly dusted with nostalgia, but you can’t take anything away from the fact that it’s a superb car, much like its 3 Series cousin. BMW will introduce the 420i from the first quarter next year and plans to add a diesel at a later stage.

Pricing for the new BMW 4 Series starts at R520 988.40 for the six-speed manual standard 428i, while the 435i standard model will start from R691 527.40.

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