Richmond Hill, ON: BMW Canada has introduced the latest iteration of its Sports Coupé, the third generation of BMW 4 Series since it became a stand-alone model line in 2014.
The design and engineering teams for the new BMW 4 Series Coupé wanted to deliver the ultimate driving experience in a beautiful and low-slung package that will ensure the 4 Series’position at the top of its segment.
Compared to the 3 Series Sedan, the new 4 Series Coupé (using 330i and 430i for comparison) is 66 mm longer, 25 mm wider, 25mm lower, and with a 25 mm wider rear track while sharing the same wheelbase.
The striking front end of the 4 Series features a new BMW kidney grille design which accommodates the greater cooling requirements of the more powerful engines. The grille is angled forward and extends to the bottom of the front bumper cover. The kidney grille is framed by surfaces with a three-dimensional mesh structure.
The arrow-shaped lines of the hood come together at the grille while the Air Curtain intakes
at the edges of the front bumper highlight the 4 Series’ width.
Minimalist Lines Standard LED headlights with Cornering lights are slimmer in design and taper towards the kidney grille. Two U-shaped fiber-optic daytime running light elements in each headlight are the most pronounced feature.
The turn signals consist of three glass blade units in the corners of each front light assembly. The profile of the new 4 Series Coupé shows the new model’s very clean, minimalist lines. The long hood, the tapering greenhouse ending in the familiar Hofmeister-kink, and the muscular fenders are reminiscent of sports Coupé s from decades past.
The frameless windows give a lighter look and feel to the doors. The width of the new 4 Series Coupé is reinforced in the rear by slim, darkened L-shaped LED taillights which extend into the quarter panels.
Vertical apertures at the corners of the rear bumper mimic the front Air Breather openings. Trapezoidal exhaust finishers are integrated into the lower rear bumper cover. The standard M Sport Package includes a uniquely styled front bumper with larger air intake openings and a restyled rear bumper with Shadowline inlays.
The M440i xDrive Coupé ’s exterior styling is set apart by a rear trunk spoiler and by a Cerium Grey finish to the kidney grille, front air intake trim, exterior mirror caps and
rear trapezoidal exhaust tip trim.
Acoustic glass is now used for the windshield to reduce noise coming into the cabin.
A premium driver-focused cockpit is the focus of the new 4 Series Coupé ’s interior design. Newly designed front power Sport seats and leather Sport steering wheel are standard. The center display screen flows into the instrument cluster area to form a congruous unit.
The light functions are operated from a panel of buttons to the left of the steering wheel. Rear seating with integral head restraints is designed for two passengers and features a 40:20:40 fold-down function.
The interior of the new 4 Series Coupé features fully LED lighting for front and rear interior and reading lights, glove box, center armrest storage compartment, sun visor mirrors, trunk area, and door courtesy lights.
All models of the new 4 Series enjoy a boost in horsepower and torque over the models they replace. Powering the new 430i xDrive Coupé is an updated B46 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower turbocharged engine delivering 255 hp @ 5,000 – 6,500 rpm (an increase of 7 hp) and 294 ft-lbs. of torque @ 1,550 – 4,400 rpm (an increase of 36 ft-lbs.).
The 430i xDrive Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240km/h (210 km/h when equipped with all-season tires). The new BMW 430i xDrive Coupé comes standard with BMW’s latest intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system providing additional traction during both performance driving and in varied weather conditions.
All 4 Series models deliver their drive torque to the road through a standard 8-speed sport automatic transmission with launch control. Intelligent connectivity enables the 8-speed automatic transmission to adapt its shift strategy according to the route and driving situation.
A new 48-volt mild-hybrid system is standard on the 6-cylinder M440i xDrive Coupé . The 48-volt starter/generator unit is complemented by a separate 48-volt battery which allows for energy recuperation, storage, and use during driving.
Energy can be recuperated from deceleration, braking, and from excess electricity generated while driving in the Sport mode.
The excess energy is converted to electricity by the 48-volt starter/ generator and stored in the 48-volt battery. This energy can be used by the starter/generator unit to boost performance by up to 11 hp during hard acceleration or by providing power for electronic systems, thus reducing the load on the engine and improving overall efficiency.
The body of the new 2021 4 Series Coupé is made from hot-stamped steels, multi-phase steels, and aluminum alloys to help reduce weight while providing for the most rigid platform possible to allow the suspension to work at its fullest potential.
Additional bracing has been added, connecting the front shock towers to the bulkhead and to the front end as well as the rear axle area to help the new 4 Series deliver better agility and precision.
The very rigid passenger cell and specially designed supporting structures impart an excellent structure for the active and passive safety systems to work together to help protect passengers.
Electric power steering with Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance is standard on the new 4 Series Coupé. All 430i xDrive Coupés are equipped with standard 18 x 7.5-inch alloy wheels with all-season run-flat tires.