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TMR Team | Oct, 15 2013 | 22 Comments


BMW's new 4 Series Coupe hits Australia this month, replacing its ageing 3 Series predecessor as the carmaker's new midsized two-door offering.

Now starting at $69,500 for the 420i, the new coupe kicks off with a petrol model. The original entry model - the diesel 420d - is now priced at $71,800, compared to a $73,800 figure announced earlier this year.

As an all-new model with a host of new technologies and a more muscular build, BMW reckons the 4 Series Coupe is well worth the extra pennies.

“The all-new 4 Series also represents an increase in exclusivity that is reflected in its very high level of standard equipment and innovative cutting edge technology,” BMW Australia boss Phil Horton said.

"The Coupé sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features."

The 4 Series Coupe's cosmetic connection to the new 3 Series range is both clear and deliberate, but splitting the two-door off into its own line has allowed BMW to pursue a musclier look.

All the familiar BMW and 3 Series elements are there, but the 4 Series introduces meatier guards, deeper character lines and a more aggressive profile.

Together, these changes produce a more intimidating look than its 3-badged forebear could allow without making its sedan sibling look bad.


Engine Options & Performance

In Australia, the 4 Series Coupe will be offered in four new-but-familiar model grades: 420i, 420d, 428i and the top-shelf 435i.

The entry 420i model produces 135kW and 270Nm of torque, drawn from the same 2.0 litre turbo engine that drives the more powerful 428i model further into the range. Fuel use for the 420i is listed at 4.6 l/100km.

The 420d is powered by BMW's turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, producing 135kW and 380Nm. BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds, and fuel use is listed at 4.6 l/100km.

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Your next petrol option is the 428i, powered by a turbo 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 180kW and 380Nm. The 0-100km/h time for this one falls to 5.8 seconds, and fuel use climbs to a reasonable 6.4 l/100km.

Sitting atop the range - at least until the M Performance and M4 models get here - is the 435i, driven by BMW's mighty turbo six, pumping out a prodigious 225kW and 400Nm.

BMW says the 435i will hit 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, with fuel use listed at 7.4 l/100km. If you care, CO2 emissions are rated at 171g/km.

The 435i also gets the M Sport styling and handling package fitted as standard, but you can read more about that in the Features section below.

All three models are equipped as standard with BMW's eight-speed sports auto and, while no manual option is offered, it is expected that particularly keen buyers will be able to order one - if they're willing to wait.

Each model is equipped with Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering.

Apart from featuring a more lightweight construction, BMW says it has also delivered a number of suspension refinements, including fine-tuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics.

The front-end has also been strengthened, and the 428i and 435i models pick up BMW's Adaptive M suspension package, lowering ride height by 10mm and adding adaptable damping.



Standard features with the 420i and 420d include two-zone automatic climate control, full electric sports seats with memory for driver and front passenger, Dakota leather trim and a 60:40 split-folding rear seat setup.

Six-speaker audio is standard, along with USB/aux connectivity and the 'Business' satellite navigation package.

The 428i adds electric lumbar support up front, nine-speaker audio, 'Professional' navigation with 8.8-inch display, internet connectivity, DVD drive and 20gb of music storage.

The 420i, 420d and 428i Coupes also include either the ‘Sport Line or ‘Luxury Line’ as standard, each applying a specific style to the car's look.

The range-topping 435i adds BMW's M Sport package as standard, including 19-inch M wheels, aerodynamics package, M leather sports steering wheel, gloss-black grille and an anthracite roof liner, among other features.

The 435i also gets Comfort Access and a 16-speaker 600W digitally amplified harman/kardon surround sound system.

Safety features across the range include Dynamic Stability Control systems, six airbags covering all seating positions, Active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs.

There's also front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor, and an anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror.

The 4 Series gets run-flat tyres instead of a spare, but that means storage space is a decent 445 litres in the rear.


Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

The 4 Series is available from October.

  • BMW 420i Coupe - $69,500 (from January)
  • BMW 420d Coupe - $71,800
  • BMW 428i Coupe - $80,500
  • BMW435i Coupe - $108,500

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