The new BMW 4 Series Coupe.
The new BMW 4 Series Coupe.

New BMW 4 Series arrives from October priced from $73,200

THE beginning of new BMW product era starts from October with the arrival of the 4 Series Coupe.

This is the first of the new naming convention for the Bavarian brand, with the 4 Series to replace the 3 Series coupe. All coupes and convertibles will now wear even numbers.

While it has obvious design ties with the 3 Series, this new coupe starts from $73,200 (nearly $10,000 more than the outgoing 320d High-line) and has a bigger footprint and a sportier edge than its sedan sibling.

Length has increased by 26mm to 4638mm, width has improved by 43mm to 1825mm, while it sits 16mm lower. The chassis has been extended, with 50mm added to the wheelbase along with greater track width - 45mm extra at the front and 80mm at the rear.

Three powerplant options are available.

The entry point is the 420d Coupe with a turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque. The 420d accelerates to 100kmh in 7.3 seconds but with fuel consumption of 4.6 litres/100km, and emissions of 121 grams of CO2 per km.

The 428i Coupe features the TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque.  This output is enough to nail the 0-100kmh sprint in 5.8 seconds while consuming 6.4L/100 km of fuel on the combined cycle.

The top-of-the-range 435i Coupe is powered by a turbo in-line six-cylinder petrol engine which pumps out 225kW and 400Nm of torque.  Reaching 100 kmh in 5.1 seconds, is uses 7.4L/100km and pumps out 171g/km of CO2.

All are equipped with an eight-speed Sports Automatic transmission. They are also armed with auto stop/start, brake energy regeneration, economy mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering.

Standard kit incorporates two-zone automatic climate control system, electric sports seats with memory function for driver and front passenger, Dakota leather upholstery, six-speaker audio system with auxiliary in and USB connection, sat nav, along with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

Mid-range 428i Coupe gets anti-dazzle functions for interior and exterior mirrors, electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats, an upgrade to the nine-speaker sound system, as well as adaptive M suspension which lowers ride height by 10mm and provides adaptable damping, bigger nav display, DVD drive and 20Gb hard drive for music storage as well as internet functionality.

Both the 420d and 428i Coupe's also include either the "Sport Line" or "Luxury Line" as standard.

The range-topping 435i Coupe comes with tyhe combination of standard M adaptive suspension, variable sport steering and high performance fixed calliper four-pot brake system, M Sport package (which comprises19-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels, M aerodynamics package, M leather steering wheel and a host of exclusive M Sports package trim features such as kidney grille with nine bars in high-gloss black and BMW individual roof-liner in anthracite), keyless entry, and a 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system.

"The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe is, quite simply, a beautiful vehicle. It's obvious from the first glance that this new coupe possesses the dynamic styling and elegant design worthy of a new BMW Series," BMW Group Australia managing director Phil Horton said.

"The all-new 4 Series also represents an increase in exclusivity that is reflected in its very high level of standard equipment and innovative cutting edge technology."

BMW 4 Series Coupe Australian pricing:

Australian pricing - plus on-roads  
BMW 420d Coupe $73,200
BMW 428i Coupe $86,500
BMW435i Coupe $108,500