BMW 4 Series Coupe revealed with sportier look

Izah Azahari

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe has arrived, and is more distinctive and sportier than ever with the overall vehicle concept behind the two-door car that displays a rigorous commitment to a richly engaging driving experience from its proportions and bespoke design features to the model-specific chassis tuning.

The spotlight on dynamic driving pleasure puts clear water between the new BMW 4 Series Coupe and the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan, giving it a significantly sharper character than its predecessor.

Developed with the aim of redefining the essence of driving pleasure in the premium midsize segment, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe envelopes an aura of athleticism and exclusivity that sees it following in the BMW brand’s coupe tradition that is shaped by a succession of legendary sporting machines stretching back almost 90 years.

The makeup of the new BMW4 Series Coupe range reflects the emphasis placed on dynamic potency in the car’s conception, as at market launch in October 2020, the BMW M440i xDrive Coupe that is powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with a fuel consumption combined at 7.1 to 6.8/100km or 39.8 to 41.5 mpg imp, and CO2 emissions combined at 163 to 155 g/km that will take its place at the top of the range.

The vehicle will be joined initially by a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines and a four-cylinder diesel. The plan is then for two six-cylinder in-line diesel engines to be added to the line-up in March 2021, and the more powerful of these two units will be fitted in another BMW M model. The new BMW 4 Series Coupe will be built at BMW Plant Dingolfing.

As the exterior design sees an exclusive blend of elegance and dynamism, the appearance of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé brings both the familiar styling of BMW’s sporty two-door models and the brand’s new design language to the fore. A small number of crisp lines and the use of clear, generously sized surfaces come together into a body design which exudes unadulterated driving pleasure from every angle.

The new BMW 4 Series Coupé. PHOTOS: BMW GROUP
The interioir of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé

The dynamically stretched proportions of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé are the result of greater exterior dimensions than its predecessor. Length has increased by 128 millimetres to 4,768 mm, width by 27 mm to 1,852 mm and the wheelbase by 41 mm to 2,851 millimetres. Vehicle height is up by just 6 mm, to 1,383 millimetres, making the car 57 millimetres lower than the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. Its tracks have increased in width over the previous-generation model’s – by 28 millimetres at the front and 18 millimetres at the rear – and are also 23 millimetres wider than those of the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan.

The striking front end of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé shines the spotlight on its standalone character. The large, vertically emphasised BMW kidney grille angles forwards and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron, and a mesh structure have of the sort only previously seen on M models on its standard air intakes. As a defining element of the front end, the grille stands confidently at its centre. With its upright kidneys connected in the centre, it reprises a design feature from the company’s past – one shared with legendary brand classics, such as the BMW 328 and BMW 3.0 CSi – and adds its own modern twist.

The slim headlights of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé reach well into the front wheel arches with full-LED headlights fitted as standard, while Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight are available as an option. This equipment item also comes with the cornering light and adaptive cornering functions with variable road illumination optimised for urban and motorway driving. At speeds above 60 km/h (37 mph), BMW Laserlight increases high-beam range to a maximum 550 metres and follows the course of the
road dynamically.

The flanks of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé are shaped by precise and tautly carved surfaces. Short overhangs, slender pillars, long doors with frameless windows, the slim window graphic and a flowing roofline accentuate its elegant appearance. The glasshouse – heavily tapered in its rear section – and muscular shoulders accentuate its powerful stature.

At the rear, too, large and distinct surfaces are the dominant influences. Slim and stylishly darkened full-LED rear lights with consistently illuminating light bars underscore the car’s powerful looks.

Meanwhile, its interior sees a driver-focussed cockpit and two individual-style rear seats as it includes cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and the driver-focussed layout of the cockpit define the premium ambience and singularly performance-centric interior design of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé. Sports seats and a newly designed sports leather steering wheel come as standard.

Together with the coordinated design of the instrument panel and door panel trim, the high-set centre console generates an enveloping environment for the front seat occupants. The standard acoustic glass for the windscreen further improves comfort over long distances.

The instrument cluster and Control Display in the new BMW 4 Series Coupé form a large-surface display grouping. The start/stop button for the engine is now positioned in a classy control panel in the centre console. And the model-specific rear seats with integral head restraints and pronounced individual-seat character have been designed to accommodate two passengers.

Engines of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe have also been upgraded to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and mild hybrid technology for greater dynamism and efficiency, with the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupé is equipped with mild hybrid technology, as are the diesel models. Fitting a powerful 48V starter-generator and a second battery allows far more brake energy to be regenerated and stored. This energy is used not just for supplying the electrical system, but also for lightening the combustion engine’s workload and boosting its power.

The starter-generator produces an electric boost effect that instantly puts an additional 8 kW/11 hp on tap for more dynamic overtaking or acceleration off the line. What is more, the powerful starter-generator also increases efficiency by assisting the engine while driving at a constant speed and improves comfort when the Auto Start Stop and coasting functions are in use.

As well as the 275 kW/374 hp straight-six engine under the bonnet of the flagship model, there is also a choice of two four-cylinder petrol units, generating output of 135 kW/184 hp in the new BMW 420i Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 5.3 l/100 km [48.7 – 53.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 122 g/km) and 190 kW/258 hp in the new BMW 430i Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 6.1 – 5.7 l/100 km [46.3 – 49.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 141 – 131 g/km). A 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder diesel engine powers the BMW 420d Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 4.2 – 3.9 l/100 km [67.3 – 72.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 112 – 103 g/km) and BMW 420d xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 4.6 – 4.3 l/100 km [61.4 – 65.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 121 – 112 g/km). This particular unit, like the straight-six engine in the BMW 430d xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 6.2 l/100 km [45.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 146 g/km*), is equipped with a two-stage turbocharging system. The BMW M440d xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 6.7 l/100 km [42.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 158 g/km*) also combines two turbochargers of different sizes to produce superbly eager power delivery. All models comply with the Euro 6d emissions standard.

Also included in the new BMW 4 Series Coupe are eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard for all model variants, with the option of shift paddles and new Sprint function; improved body rigidity and bespoke chassis tuning result in eye-catching dynamism; premiere: M Sport package Pro for the ultimate in intense driving pleasure; top-class customisation options; far wider choice of driver assistance systems; as well as new digital services such as BMW Maps, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, smartphone integration, Remote Software Upgrade.