BMW has revealed initial details of the new 4 Series Coupe ahead of its global launch later this year.
When compared to the 3 Series sedan, the 4 Series rides 57mm lower bringing the centre of gravity 21mm closer to the road. It also beats the sedan’s drag coefficient by 0.015.
To further boost the car’s sporting credentials, the Coupe gets increased negative camber at the front wheels and a 23mm wider rear track.
Underneath, BMW has employed a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear axle configuration.
The lift-related dampers which offer continuously variable, progressive damping control as a function of spring travel have been tuned for an even sportier drive.
Custom-made tower-to-front end struts and an additional shear panel on the bulkhead optimise steering response, while bracing elements have been added around the rear axle to increase stiffness for improved straight-line stability and lateral acceleration.
At launch, the 4 Series range will be spearheaded by the M440i xDrive Coupe which gets power from a 275kW 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine augmented by 48V mild hybrid technology. The system uses a 48V starter-generator and a second battery to produce an additional 8kW when under load.
Power will be sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The M440i xDrive will also get M Sport brakes and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres as standard.
It all sounds great, our only concern is whether or not the brand will stick with the idiotic looking kidney grille from the Concept 4.
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