For those that have been a little out of touch with automotive news, you might be wondering "What is a 4 Series?" Well, a little while back BMW unveiled what it calls the Concept 4 Series Coupe
, a study that was scheduled to replace the popular 3 Series
Coupe in BMW's lineup. "Why?" you might ask.
"The '4' in its title headlines this new product line for the Coupe and emphasizes not only its stand-out design, but that any way you look at it, the new 4 Series Coupe represents something more than its BMW 3 Series cousins – 3+1, if you will," BMW says. "At the same time, as a true BMW Coupe, the new nomenclature brings the new BMW 4 Series Coupe in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes."
With that in mind, it can be understood that every BMW that carries an even number will be a coupe or convertible, and every BMW that carries an odd number will be a sedan or SUV. Either way, BMW has made it official and the BMW 4 Series is now an actual series production model in the German automaker's lineup with U.S. sales to start as early as late summer.
The 2014 BMW 4 Series will be made available in two trim levels including the BMW 428i and the BMW 435i. Both models will also be made available with all-wheel-drive, in which case they will carry the 428i xDrive and 435i xDrive badges.
The BMW 428i is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 240 hp at 5,000—6,500 rpm with a peak torque of 255 lb-ft, available from 1,250 to 4,800 rpm. Those figures allow the 428i to go from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The 2014 BMW 435i, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six making 300 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 300 lb-ft from 1,200 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed manual the BMW 435i is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. If you swap out the manual for an 8-speed automatic, 60 mph will come in just five seconds flat from a standstill.
Prices for the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe start at $41,425 for the 428i and $46,925 for the 435i. In comparison, the current BMW 328i Coupe starts at $38,200, while the 335i Coupe starts at $45,100. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive 428i xDrive Coupe, be prepared to depart with $43,425 or $48,925 for the 435i xDrive Coupe.
While we absolutely love the stellar exterior looks and the beautifully designed interior of the new 2014 BMW 4 Series, we can't say that we're happy to see the 3 Series Coupe badge being put to rest. [via BMW