Fan­tas­tic Four

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

Over the last two months we got to drive se­lect de­riv­a­tives in the BMW 4 Se­ries, in­clud­ing the two-door 420d Coupé, four-door 430i Gran Coupé, and the show-stop­ping 440i Con­vert­ible. Since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2013 the BMW 4-Se­ries has turned heads and at­tracted buy­ers to the tune of more than 400,000 units sold glob­ally. Now the re­freshed 4 Se­ries fea­tures some sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ments and an all­new se­lec­tion of engines, rang­ing from the iconic straight-six twin turbo fea­tured in the 440i to a four-cylin­der turbo in the 430i and 420i, to a four-cylin­der turbo-diesel in the 420d. Gear changes come com­ple­ments of a smooth and in­tu­itive six-speed man­ual gear­box, or the su­perla­tive eight-speed Step­tronic trans­mis­sion.

Al­ready one of the most strik­ing cars on the road, the 4 Se­ries now gains two ex­clu­sive colours, Snap­per Rocks Blue and Sun­set Or­ange, to set it self apart even more. Restyled LEDS in the front, along with LED fog lamps are com­ple­mented with sim­i­lar LED treat­ment in the rear, all of which book­ends the sweep­ing lines and low slung, pur­pose­ful stance. In­te­rior is de­cep­tively spa­cious for a coupé, with dis­creet chrome ap­pli­ca­tions con­trasted with high-gloss black on the cen­tre con­sole that add a sense of un­der­stated lux­ury. The up­graded sports steer­ing wheel is a tech­no­log­i­cal marvel that makes up some­what for the lack of touch­screen tech­nol­ogy on the cen­tre screen.

Han­dling and power de­liv­ery, es­pe­cially in the 440i, as we have come to ex­pect from BMW, scream pure driv­ing plea­sure. The 4 Se­ries of­fers a com­plete pack­age that com­bines drop-dead gor­geous looks with ath­letic per­for­mance from the au­tomaker that has come to rep­re­sent the very pin­na­cle of per­for­mance mo­tor­ing.

Pric­ing starts at R639,300 to R1,576,062 ex­clud­ing op­tional ex­tras.

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