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BMW 4 Coupe Road Test

15th, 2013 \ News

BMW is so many new models, it s running out of After i3 and i8 and X4, I dunno what it ll the upcoming front-drive hatches. So how BMW is wantonly spen ding new numbers on cars that had perfectly good badges? The Coupe has become, by deed the 4-Series. The rationale is this: odd are for sensible bodies, and even are for cars of a coupe-ular disposition: 8-Series, i8, X6 and X4.

So it s 4-Series for this. year s 2dr derivatives of the current will go by the 2-Series handle. Got all

The 4 justifies the new name by moving away from the 3. It was always and squatter, but now it s also slightly than a 3-Series (and a lot than the old one), not just in the panels but the track. Visual add to the effect: the glasshouse narrows the rear it s just a four-seater so the wings look broader. The along the side of the body at height becomes shallower as it into the wing, as if the wheels are out through the bod y.

Inside is a regular 3-Series but you sit slightly lower relative to it. The is 10mm lower, too. you, that s all within the of the seat-height adjuster.

Rear is fine for legs and feet, marginal for a six-footer.

So BMW sportified the What about the drive? is down versus the old coupe 25kg for the same engine and for a 428i, as its 4cyl replaces the old six.

Versus the current 3-Series, the has been remapped, and the hub carriers are to take advantage of the track and the lower suspension and c-of-g.

I m a non-UK spec: a 435i In Britain, the nearest spec is But you can option up this car s adaptive 19s and variable sport steering Yet, when you ask the 4-Series leader, he admits he d have a saying it turns more

The 435i (306bhp and 295lb ft) has the over the 328i GT that I daily (245bhp and 258lb but by a smaller margin than I The 4cyl 328i is gruffer in the mid mind, but, heck, as the 435i goes to its 7,000rpm red it doesn t quite sound as as you d want when the name the door is Bayerische Motoren Still, I m being petty small degrees of excellence. It s and lag-free, and operates over a rev range, while shunning stops.

The 435i might feel but it s even more rapid it feels.

The steering disappears in hands. It just works, and you noticing it after the first It s not so eager as to be twitchy, nor so slow you re ever twirling your Never bashed about by or tugged by engine torque. of all, it s instinctive and progressive, so you can the car perfectly on the road and (unless you ve it slide) never have to your input.

The 4 has mild understeer in the steady to safely impart knowledge how much grip you ve got. Add and the rear tyres will out, depending on which of the waiver forms you ve signed the three-stage DSC. Anyway, is remarkably correctable and progressive and

Only in tight hairpins is an LSD

Comfort mode gives and relaxing ride suppleness, but it can get when you press on. The Sport cancels that, slightly turn-in and tautens things mid-bend. But even going on straight roads, when isn t wanted, Spo rt gives an annoyingly ride. It s not adaptive enough, so I m jabbing at the switch. The chassis says it s a hardware issue, the dampers operate between set limits in each mode.

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But, when pushed, he it s also a marketing one. want to press a switch and where their money More fool they.

niggle aside, this is a whose nearly every operates with high I ve filled my allotted space and t have room for the infotainment and and quality and driver assistance, but all are right up there too.

is one thing; character, another. with the 3 s near-impregnable excellence, all the 4 s differences make only a difference. The 4 was never going to things up.

But neither has it risked edgier.

Paul Horrell


2979cc turbo six petrol, 306bhp, 295lb ft, 38.2mpg, CO2, 0-62 in 5.1secs, 1600kg, £41,995

The verdict

A great sports-inclined becomes a slightly sportier Hasn t mutated into a sports car.

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LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable 4dr

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