Bmw 4 series coupe – big snout – what’s behind it?

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BMW 4 Series Coupe

Big snout – what's behind it?

First test drive in the new 4 Series Coupe: How much BMW is behind the new, large radiator grille?

BMW M440i xDrive.

The new 4-series coupe from BMW aims to provoke – and certainly not to please everyone. There are people who love the new BMW design on the front of the coupe.

Others are wondering what the BMW designers were thinking.

The thoughts on the new design language are conclusive. As early as 1933, the front view of the 303 was characterized by a large, vertical radiator grille; the two-piece grille extended over the entire height of the front. The legendary 328 Roadster from 1937 also follows this design example. The radically new appearance compared to its predecessor can therefore be fathomed from the history of the brand.

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-snout

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BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-snout

BMW 303 (1933)

In modern times, BMW does not want to offer a design with the 4 Series that is compellingly pleasing at first glance. Much more the eye should rub against it – and thus build a relationship with it. That's exactly what I tried during the test with the new 4 Series. I consciously looked at the car every chance I got. But even after several days, I couldn't get used to the new 4-seater front. But: design is a question of personal taste. The BMW coupe doesn't meet mine – as far as the optics are concerned; even if the side line and rear look harmonious and elegant – the front takes some getting used to.

Undoubtedly a real BMW

Even if the new design raises questions: After just a few meters in the driver's seat, it becomes clear that the new 4 Series represents the classic values ​​of the brand and does not dare to experiment in this regard. Especially when it comes to the tested M440i xDrive, the provisional top model of the series. It has an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of three liters – a classic in the BMW world. Thanks to turbocharging, the engine has an impressive 374 hp.

In everyday life, however, it is not the top performance that causes astonishment, but the maximum torque of 500 Nm, which is already available from 1900 revolutions. Together with the extremely low-vibration engine running and the perfectly coordinated 8-speed automatic transmission, this ensures convincingly sovereign propulsion. For the first time, the petrol engine in the M440i is coupled with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. In this way, the drive can recover braking energy – and additionally support the engine via the starter generator with a maximum of 11 hp, which, for example, practically completely eliminates turbo lag. In addition, the powerful starter generator ensures that the engine starts extremely gently after it has been switched off via the start-stop system at traffic lights, for example.

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-snout

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BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-snout

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-coupe

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-snout

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-series

BMW 4 Series Coupe - big snout - what's behind it?-coupe

BMW M440i xDrive

BMW states a factory consumption of 8.2 l/100 km. If you drive with foresight and evenly, you will usually see a seven before the decimal point. This is always efficient for a pure petrol drive in this power and weight class.

But a BMW coupe with a six-cylinder engine and the famous "M" in the model designation is not just about efficiency. With the M4, BMW is still improving in terms of sportiness – but the M440i is already a more than convincing alternative. The engine offers more than enough power and a fine, but not too obtrusive sound.

The chassis is indeed quite tight – but still sufficiently comfortably tuned to roll comfortably through everyday life. And with the standard all-wheel drive, the coupe is safe on the road even in ice and snow.

The balance of the four-seater is particularly impressive on winding roads. The car is extremely solid on the road and is very neutrally tuned; under load, the rear-biased four-wheel drive ensures a slight tendency to oversteer – well controlled by the sensitive control systems. So the M440i feels as handy and sporty as you would expect from a BMW coupe. Only the steering seems a bit callous around the middle position. A concession to everyday comfort that is rewarded with better straight-line stability on the motorway.

In view of the controversial design, one may wonder whether this is still a “real BMW”, but the new 4 Series answers this question with a resounding yes when it comes to its driving characteristics. However, this also has its price – both financially and in terms of everyday use. There is a surprising amount of space in the two rear seats. But the headroom is tight due to the flat roof – and getting in through the front doors past the folded seat is tedious. With a volume of 440 liters, the trunk is generous and can also accommodate luggage. With bulky goods to be transported, the coupe naturally has to capitulate quickly, despite the folding rear seat. And: The basic price of 79,600 francs is just the beginning. With good equipment, the price can also reach six figures.

BMW M440i xDrive

Engine: R6 Turbo, 2998cc

Power: 374 hp/500 Nm

Drive: auto 8-speed, 4×4

L×W×H: 4770×1852×1393mm

trunk volume: 440L

Weight: 1815kg

0-100km/h: 4.5 sec.

Vmax: 250km/h

Consumption WLTP: 8.2L/100km

Price: from 79,600 francs

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