With the famed 3-series heading toward the sunset, the new 2014 BMW 4 Series has approached the starting line. The new BMW Coupe takes the baton from the 3-series by keeping the best of the old mark and getting even smarter. The BMW 4 Series is bigger, lighter and more aerodynamically evolved to make for a sexier, more efficient coupe.
The new 2014 BMW 4-series adds about two inches of body width when compared to the 3-series. It uses a newer mix of materials, including some aluminum engine components, to drop curb weight by up to 100 pounds despite the added girth. Like other late model BMWs, the 2014 BMW 4-series features air curtains and air breathers to improve aerodynamic performance. This and the decreased curb weight gets more out of the engines which were carried along from the 3-series. Thus, the roomier ride of the 4-series doesn’t cost you at the gas pump.
The BMW 4-series will be available in either manual or automatic transmissions, and a buyer can opt for rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drivetrain. The 428i will come with a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will accelerate to 60mph from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds. The premium model of the 4-series, the BMW 435i, will feature a 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine that will hit 60mph in 5 seconds with the automatic transmission. The fuel savings compared to the 3-series will be about 4 additional miles per gallon, nothing to sneeze at for such a performance-minded vehicle.
The new 2014 BMW 4-series will begin arriving in showrooms this summer, starting at $41,425 for the BMW 428i.