4 and plenty

BMW’S new two-door is re­mark­ably fa­mil­iar

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL POT­TINGER CARS­GUIDE EDI­TOR paul.pot­tinger@cars­guide.com.au

A NEW nu­meral and sporty spec­i­fi­ca­tion mark the de­but of BMW’s new mid-size coupe.

The 4 Se­ries— re­vealed this week and driven next month by

Cars­guide in ad­vance of its lo­cal de­but in the fourth quar­ter— re­places the six-year-old E92 3 Se­ries coupe.

The still hand­some and sharp-driv­ing two-door re­mains ar­guably BMW’s strong­est model line-up so the pres­sure on the 4 Se­ries, based on the F30 sedan, is con­sid­er­able.

There are two carry-over en­gines in the all-turbo three­model line-up an­nounced this week. Th­ese are the four- cylin­der diesel 420d and in­line petrol six of the ini­tial range­top­per, the 435i.

As with the four-door, the smart buy will be the 428i with a turbo petrol four (180kW/ 350Nm) pro­pel­ling it to 100km/h from stand­ing in less than six sec­onds and re­turn­ing a claimed 6.6L/100km.

All mod­els have BMW’s class-lead­ing eight-speed auto, a trans­mis­sion that can ap­proach the rapid shift­ing of ever more com­mon twin­clutch gear­boxes while re­tain­ing a torque con­verter box’s smooth­ness.

The out­go­ing coupe started at about $70,000 and the new­comer is un­likely to ex­ceed that, given the lat­est 3 Se­ries sedan now starts be­low $55,000 for the first time since the early 1990s. So a price pre­mium of some $7000 over the four-door is likely. The con­vert­ible range ar­rives in 2014 around the time of the other new des­ig­na­tion, the 2 Se­ries Coupe.

Equip­ment pack­ages should largely mir­ror those of the sedan, with the Sport Line and MS­port kit cer­tain starters. Th­ese would be in keep­ing with the sportier stance of the new coupe, which is lighter and sits lower than the out­go­ing car.

BMW spokesman Scott Croaker con­firms the hal­lowed M3 badge will con­tinue but only as the sedan— its coupe and con­vert­ible coun­ter­parts will be the first M4s.

The M3’s nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8, which lasted one gen­er­a­tion, goes. All new vari­ants run a triple-turbo in­line petrol six.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.