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Latest BWM 4 Series News

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BMW has been spilling the beans about its new 4 Series Coupe, due in the UK in October. The 3 Series Coupe's replacement will be about £500 more expensive, but also longer, wider and lower.

The production version of the 4 is similar to Detroit's 4 concept, with some minor changes to the front end. It's not too far removed from the 3 Series, particularly in the cabin. There's more room inside for rear passengers but the 445 litre boot isn't much bigger. The wide, aggressively flared rear arches and air vents to the front wings show sporting intent, but the luxury quotient is catered to by the best BMW can offer in modern technology.

The standard equipment list has been seriously upgraded compared to the outgoing car, with leather upholstery, electrically operated boot lid, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and dual zone air conditioning across the board, along with driver assistance systems, including cruise control and parking sensors to the front and rear.

A super sharp driving experience is created not only by that low centre of gravity, but also thanks to a serious re-tune of the 3 Series' damping and spring mechanisms. Then of course there's the M Sport version, with its less civilised, stiffened up suspension, while the adjustable damper Adaptive M Sport set up is available as an option, range wide.

The engine range at launch will be taken from the current 3 Series line up, with petrol four cylinder 428i and six cylinder 435i models giving 242 and 302bhp, respectively, plus a 181bhp four cylinder turbo diesel 420d. However, there are five more versions on the way swiftly afterwards, starting with the 420i for 181bhp and the option of two or four wheel drive. There will also be three more diesels: a 430d with 254bhp and a 309bhp four wheel drive 435d, along with a four wheel drive variant of the initial 420d in November.

The range topping 435i is the fastest of the lot at 5.1 seconds to 62mph, if equipped with the eight speed automatic transmission and 5.4 seconds with the six speed manual. The 420d is a couple of seconds slower but is also the most efficient, matching the outgoing 3 Series Coupe for fuel economy and CO2 emissions, at 61.4mpg and 121g/km.

However the big guns won't be brought out until next year in the form of the M4, with a tuned 3.0 litre twin turbo engine returning about 440bhp. Nonetheless, BMW is campaigning the 4 Series on its sporting dynamic, talking up its cornering agility and 50/50 weight distribution.

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