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The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé

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MULGRAVE, AUSTRALIA – Oct 16, 2013: The arrival of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé heralds the dawn of a new era for the Bavarian based prestige automotive manufacturer. Representing the fourth generation of BMW’s premium mid-size coupé, the new BMW 4 Series embodies the sporty nature of this segment in every aspect of its design, performance and dynamics.

According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the 4 Series represents an exciting new chapter for BMW.

“The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé is a new take on BMW’s mid-sized coupé. It is a stunning vehicle and it drives just the way it looks,” he said.

“In Australia, we have made sure the sensational experience doesn’t end there, with high levels of specifications and features making the all-new 4 Series an outstanding drive around town, or a cutting-edge performance vehicle on more demanding roads,” said Horton.

The BMW 4 Series Coupé sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features.

Although an undeniable kinship is evident with the BMW 3 Series, the new BMW 4 Series Coupé’s more muscular and purposeful design highlights its more sporting pedigree.

Exterior features have been designed to highlight the vehicle’s dynamic ability, starting with a large, wide air-intake in the front apron which accentuates the vehicle’s increased width. The air-intake is capped at both ends by apertures for aerodynamically motivated air-curtains which are complimented by air-breathers located just behind the front wheels.

The BMW 4 Series Coupé’s gently sloping roofline displays a typically elegant silhouette. Below the windows, a prominent double swage line visually reduces over the rear wheels to accentuate flared arches, which now represent the widest part of the car. Further horizontal lines combine with L-shaped tail lights to further reinforce the coupé’s powerfully wide stance from the rear.

The new BMW 4 Series Coupé has grown proportionally in comparison to the out-going model. The overall length has increased by 26 mm to 4,638 mm, width has increased by 43 mm to 1,825 mm and height has decreased by 16 mm to 1,362 mm – and these dimensions all combine to enhance the vehicle’s sportier credentials.

While the BMW 4 Series Coupé’s chassis is based on the latest 3 Series sedan, some significant changes have been made to promise a higher level of accuracy and agility.

The chassis has been significantly extended, with 50 mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width - 45 mm extra at the front and a full 80 mm at the rear.

Refinements have also been made to the suspension of the vehicle, including fine-tuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics, as well as providing additional strengthening elements in the front section of the car.

Powered by the latest in engine technology, the new BMW 4 Series Coupé models are all equipped with BMW TwinPower turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy.

At the current entry point to the range, the 420d Coupé is equipped with a BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 135kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. The 420d accelerates to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and boasts a staggeringly low fuel consumption figure of 4.6 l/100km, with emissions of just 121 grams of CO2 per km.

A new engine variant will be available to the range from January 2014 – the 420i 4 Series Coupé. Pricing and specifications for the new vehicle will be available closer to launch.

The 428i Coupé features the multi-award winning TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 180 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque. This output is enough to nail the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.8 seconds while consuming a low 6.4 l/100 km of fuel on the combined cycle.

At the top of the range, the prodigious thrust of the 435i Coupé is provided by the much lauded BMW TwinPower turbo in-line six-cylinder petrol engine which pumps out 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Reaching 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, the performance belies the conscientiously frugal fuel consumption and emissions figures of just 7.4 l/100km and 171 g/km of CO2 respectively.

These impressive results are achieved in part due to the standard inclusion of the eight-speed Sports Automatic transmission for all BMW 4 Series Coupé models.

Additionally, all three models combine ultra-efficient engine and transmission combinations with a suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies to achieve exemplary consumption and emissions figures. Each BMW 4 Series Coupé is equipped with Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering.

The standard equipment list of the entry level 420d Coupé includes, on top of the already mentioned automatic transmission and fuel saving technologies, a level of features more befitting a top-of-the range model.

The highest level of safety is ensured with the full suite of BMW Dynamic Stability Control systems, six airbags covering all seating positions, Active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs.

Driver awareness and visibility is well served by the standard front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor, as well as an anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror.

The comfort of the occupants is guaranteed, thanks to the two-zone automatic climate control system, heat/sun protection glazing of the windows, full electric sports seats with memory function for driver and front passenger, Dakota leather upholstery and a range of versatile storage options throughout the car including 60:40 split fold rear seats and bottle holders in the front door pockets.

Accompanying the six-speaker audio system with auxiliary in and USB connection is the convenience telephony with extended smartphone connectivity which allows extended Bluetooth functionality such as audio streaming and pairing of multiple devices. Additionally the 420d Coupé comes standard with the high-end navigation system Professional which includes the touch controller, a high-res 8.8-inch colour screen, 20Gb hard drive storage for music files and extended contents for the instrument cluster.

At the middle of the range, the 428i Coupé is further enhanced with the addition of anti-dazzle functions for interior and exterior mirrors, electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats, and an upgrade to the nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system over that of the 420d Coupé.

Adaptive M suspension, which lowers ride height by 10 mm and provides adaptable damping and internet functionality have also made their way onto the standard specification list to further enhance the value of this model.

Both the 420d and 428i Coupé’s also include either the ‘Sport Line or ‘Luxury Line’ as standard. Both of these standard packages are designed to create a specific character for the car.

The ‘Sport Line’ features specific high-gloss black for the front and rear bumper trims, kidney grille, b-pillar trims and window recess covers with a black chrome trim for the exhaust tip. The interior is also characterised with chrome pearl grey surrounds on air-conditioning and radio controls, sport leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, high-gloss black interior trim with coral red accent lines and the choice of black leather upholstery with red stitching or coral red upholstery with black stitching. The 420d Coupé will also receive 18-inch double spoke style alloy wheels with the 428i Coupé getting 19-inch alloy rims in star-spoke styling.

Selecting the ‘Luxury Line’ uses similar trim elements to create an entirely different character. Exclusive chrome trims now feature on the front and rear bumper, kidney grille and exhaust tip, and the Line also offers alternative upholstery colours of saddle brown with extended trim colour, Veneto beige or black. Wheel sizes stay the same for the respective models but get a different styling with 18-inch multi-spoke style for the 420d Coupé and 19-inch for the 428i Coupé.

The range topping 435i Coupé comes further equipped with features that support its high-end positioning within the line-up. The combination of standard M adaptive suspension, variable sport steering and high performance fixed calliper four-pot brake system on the front substantially enhance the dynamics and agility of this model.

Additional features such as the inclusion of a standard 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 - serves to further reflect the sporty pedigree and dynamic nature of this 435i Coupé.

The 435i Coupé also includes features such as Comfort Access and a 16-speaker 600W digitally amplified harman/kardon surround sound system, which substantially enhances the high customer value of the vehicle.

From January 2014 a fourth model will be joining the BMW 4 Series ranks. The BMW 420i Coupé takes its place as the entry point to the range and boasts the award winning BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine. With an output of 135kW and a peak torque of 270Nm from just 1,250 rpm the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h is achieved in a mere 7.3 seconds.

The new BMW 420i Coupé is to share the same high level of specification as the 420d boasting an extensive list of much sought after features. Highlights include the eight-speed sports automatic transmission, navigation system Professional, Bi-Xenon headlights, reversing camera, convenience telephony and one of the ‘BMW Lines’ character packages at no extra cost.

“The new 4 Series further strengthens the ultimate driving machine claim and adds extra appeal to the BMW brand with its stunning design and styling,” said Horton.