June 18 2013
BMW 4 Series Ready to Replace 3
BMW has revealed the production version of its new 4-series. An all-new nameplate, it replaces the 3-series coupe (and eventually convertible) with its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
It’s unmistakably a two-door 3-series, though it’s a slightly larger proposition than before. It is 26mm longer than old Three coupe while boasting a 50mm longer wheelbase, while its track widths are significantly larger and its suspension lower. BMW is claiming the lowest centre of gravity in its whole range, though it also claims the Four offers a ‘stand-alone design’. We’ll let you be the judge on how much it differs to a 3-series saloon.
By the end of 2013, there will be six engines available, all of them turbocharged. The petrol range consists of the 420i (181bhp/199lb ft 2-litre four-cylinder), 428i (242bhp/258lb ft 2-litre four-cylinder) and 435i (302bhp/295lb ft 3-litre straight-six). Diesel options will be the 420d (181bhp/280lb ft 2-litre four cylinder), 430d (254bhp/413lb ft 3-litre straight-six) and 435d (309bhp/465lb ft 3-litre straight-six). The latter two diesels are only available with an eight speed automatic gearbox, which is optional across the rest of the 4-series range, where a six-speed manual is standard.
Average fuel consumption tops out at 61.4mpg on the 420d, while the 435i will complete 0-62mph in as little as 5.1sec on its way to a 155mph electronic limiter.
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