BMW has unveiled the all-new 2021 4 Series Coupe, making a bold statement with those vertically-stretched grilles that are sure to trigger strong emotions amongst brand aficionados. But once all that is resolved, you’ll notice that the second-generation 4 Series is now sharper, wider, lower and has a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution. The 4 Series aims at differentiating itself from the 3 Series by squarely focusing on delivering dynamic driving pleasure, and even though they share the same underpinnings, the 4 Series Coupe wears different front wings, bonnet and doors.
The stretched side window graphic along with the powerfully sculpted shoulders and flowing roofline exude athleticism and sporting elegance. The all-new 4 Series Coupé definitely has a sharper character than its predecessor. Precisely optimised body structure and chassis technology ensure characteristic performance attributes. A bespoke package of bracing elements increases body rigidity. Centre of gravity is 21 millimetres lower, rear-axle track 23 millimetres wider than on the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan. Weight-minimised body and chassis construction deploy a finely balanced 50 : 50 weight distribution.
The car has been launched with a few petrol and diesel powertrains options, with more to be added later. The M440i xDrive Coupé makes its debut at the top of the range and comes equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 367bhp@5,500-6,500rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1,900-5,000rpm. The M440i xDrive does a zero to 100 kmph sprint in 4.5 seconds (claimed) while top speed is limited at 250kmph. All model variants now with standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission with an 0ptional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with new Sprint function on offer. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive will be available on two model variants from launch and four variants from March 2021.
On the inside, you get the addition of Android Auto, wireless connectivity via WiFi, new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system, new generation of BMW Head-Up Display, innovative 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the digital instrument cluster a 10.25-inch Control Display that can be upgraded to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
Overall, it looks like the 4 Series has acquired the design language of the BMW 8 Series although the design is less simplified and virtuous. The straight line at mid-height along the side ties the front and rear together nicely, and the roof silhouette has a more elegant curve. Yes, the kidney grilles are bigger and that’s going to be the hottest gossip around for quite some time, but we reckon grow on you rather quickly, don’t you think?