The most controversial BMW since the 2002 7 Series has just been unveiled. The all-new 4 Series Coupe with the long snout double kidney grille will be talked about for some time to come, and is possibly going to be the first of a new line of BMW kidney grille designs. Mind you, this vertical look is not new; much older BMW sports cars carried it too, and with grace. Of course there is more to the 4 Series than the grille, which you will find out more about now.

The two-door, four-seat 4 Series Coupe (remember there are now 4 Series Gran Coupe and Convertible models as well) is the sportiest in the 3 Series model range. Those two doors are frameless, thus emphasising that power stance. BMW has opted to fit standard LED headlights on the car, with Laserlight available as an option. The car’s centre of gravity is lower than the 3’s, and it comes with a 50:50 weight distribution.

Inside there is an air of familiarity of course, with a new driver-focused cockpit design, a digital 31cm instrument cluster and up to 26cm for the Control Display. The designers have kept the central iDrive knob, but the system itself can be accessed via finger touches on the screen. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, and so is wireless connectivity via WiFi.

All four seats are pretty sporty, but the front ones more so for obvious reasons. To add space options, the rear seats are completely foldable. The car itself is 4.7 metres long, 1.85m wide, 1.38m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.85m. Normal boot space is good for some 440 litres, while the fuel tank takes up to 59 litres of liquid. Pretty small for the car’s overall size.

There is a list of models and engines, three of which will of course come to Mzansi before the year ends. At base is the 420i which makes 135kW and 300Nm from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. Then the 420d which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel pushing out 140kW and 400Nm. Higher up is the 430i (not for Mzansi) with 190kW and 400Nm. Top of the pile (for now) and coming to Mzansi is the M440i with xDrive all-wheel-drive, producing 275kW and 500Nm from its 3.0-litre turbo engine and the 48V mild hybrid system it carries. BMW says this particular car will do 0 – 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. All models are fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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