New BMW 4 Series Coupe spied testing at Nurburgring
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Audi A5 rival due in early 2020 with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains
The second-generation BMW 4 Series Coupé has been spotted undergoing dynamic testing at the Nürburgring, ahead of going on sale early next year.
The new two-door Audi A5 Coupé and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé rival, previously spied on a truck near BMW’s Munich headquarters, displays a clear family resemblance with the larger 8 Series. It features a prominent bonnet, heavily curved roofline, angled rear window and a pronounced shoulder line over the rear wheels.
Alongside the coupé model spied here, BMW is also developing a successor model to the 4 Series Convertible, which will feature a fabric roof in place of the metal structure used by the current generation, and a follow-up to the four-door 4 Series Gran Coupé.
The 4 Series Coupé is based on the latest variant of BMW’s CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. It supports both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive although, unlike the larger 8 Series, developments such as air suspension and four-wheel steering are not planned to be offered during its seven-year life cycle.
The engine line-up will be similar to that of the latest 3 Series, with an extended range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplants to be offered from the outset of sales.
BMW insiders have confirmed plans for 420i, 430i and M440i xDrive petrol models together with 420d and 430d diesels. There will also be a new 430e plug-in hybrid, featuring a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and gearbox-mounted electric motor developing a combined 248bhp and 309lb ft.
The 420i, 430i, 420d and 430d, all with standard rear-wheel drive, will be offered with optional xDrive four-wheel drive. The M440 xDrive will have all-wheel drive as standard.
Heading the new line-up will be the second-generation M4, which is set to run a powered-up version of BMW M’s new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine developing 503bhp and 442lb ft of torque together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and fully variable four-wheel drive system in top-of-the-line M4 Competition guise.
Source: Autocar Online