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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe: First Look

  • All new 2nd generation BMW 4 Series Coupe
  • More power, torque, performance
  • Five inches longer, one inch wider than previous 4 Coupe
  • Global launch scheduled for October
  • 430i Coupe starts at $45,600
  • 430i xDrive Coupe starts at $47,600
  • M440i xDrive Coupe starts at $58,500

BMW has taken the wraps off its all-new 2021 4 Series Coupe, which goes on sale in October. This new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe is 5.2 inches longer and an inch wider than the previous 4 Series Coupe, and its wheelbase has been increased by 1.6 inches — to the same length as that of the current BMW 3 Series sedan. Viewed another way, the new 4 Series Coupe is 2.2 inches longer, 1 inch wider and 2.2 inches lower than the 3 Series sedan, while having an inch wider rear track.

Sleek Design

The new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe is sleek, with a drag coefficient of 0.25 (down from 0.29). The front end features a BMW kidney grille that’s angled forward and extends to the bottom of the bumper, while a pair of wide-set air intakes highlights the vehicle’s width.

Slim LED headlights with cornering lights taper as they come toward the grille, and U-shaped daytime running lights are prominent within each headlight. The turn signals feature three glass-blade units in the corners of each front light assembly.

With its minimalist lines, long hood, tapering greenhouse and muscular rear fenders, the new 4 Series Coupe looks good. Frameless windows add a light feel, and darkened LED taillights extending into the quarter panels add to the visual width of the car. Vertical openings at the corners of the rear bumper echo the front vents, while trapezoidal exhaust finishers are integrated into the lower rear bumper.

If you order the M Sport Package, the front bumper has larger air openings, and there’s abundant gloss-black trim. The M440i xDrive Coupe is distinguished by a rear trunk spoiler and a grille, front air intake, mirror caps and exhaust trim all finished in a Cerium Grey color.

More Power

All new 4 Series models enjoy a healthy boost in power and torque. The rear-drive 430i Coupe and all-wheel-drive 430i xDrive Coupe are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower, up 7 from last year. Torque has increased by 36 lb-ft, with 294 lb-ft of it arriving at only 1,550 rpm.

According to BMW, the new 430i Coupe hits 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, whereas the 430i xDrive Coupe manages it in 5.3. Top speed of both new coupes is electronically limited to 155 mph (or 130 mph depending on the selected wheel and tire combination).

The new M440i xDrive Coupe, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with 382 horsepower (up 62) and 369 lb-ft of torque (up 39), will be considerably quicker. BMW says this 4 will hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, although its top speed also will be limited to 155 mph (or 130, depending again on wheels and tires).

Of note, the M440i xDrive has a standard 48-volt mild hybrid system. This integral starter/generator unit allows for energy recuperation, storage, and use during driving. Stored energy can be used to boost acceleration or improve overall efficiency during normal driving. It also helps restarts the engine super smoothly. BMW says the fuel-saving Auto Start/Stop function can now turn off the engine while the driver is braking and vehicle speed has dropped below 9 mph.

All 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupes are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission with launch control. Intelligent connectivity enables the transmission to adapt its shift strategy to the route and driving situation. It even teams with the standard navigation system to minimize unnecessary gear changes.

Driver-Focused Cockpit

Sport seats and a leather-covered sport steering wheel are standard in the new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe’s driver-focused cockpit. An acoustic-glass windshield is used to minimize interior noise, and the M440i xDrive Coupe (or any model fitted with the M Sport Package) benefits from soft knee padding on the sides of the center console.

The start/stop button is now on the center console, along with a newly designed gear selector lever, the iDrive Controller and buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch. The two rear seats, with integral head restraints, split and fold to help the new 4 Series Coupe carry long cargo.

Sporty Chassis

As you’d expect of a sporty new BMW, there has been a big emphasis on a strong and lightweight chassis. Hot stamped steels and aluminum alloys are used for the platform, which is strengthened by bracing that connects the front shock towers to the bulkhead, as well as some extruded aluminum side member panels and die-cast shock absorber housings. The hood, front fenders and doors are all aluminum.

BMW says the suspension — a double-joint spring arrangement in front with a new five-link rear — has been tuned to deliver “significantly sharper” handling than the outgoing 4 Series, aided by special shock absorbers that minimize body movements and reduce road vibration. The optional M Sport suspension (standard on the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupe) brings firmer springs to the equation, along with stiffer bushings and mounts, firmer anti-roll bars and a greater amount of negative wheel camber.

Eighteen-inch all-season run-flat tires are standard on the new 4 Series Coupe, but 225/40R-19 all-season run-flats are optional, as are 255/35R-19 performance run-flat tires. The M440i xDrive Coupe can be ordered with non-run-flat performance tires, size 225/40R-19 or 255/35R-19.

How Much Does the 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Cost?

BMW says the new 2021 BMW 430i Coupe will start at $45,600 while the 430i xDrive Coupe begins at $47,600. The 2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe starts at $58,500. Destination fee: $995. Find a BMW 4 Series for sale

Andy Bornhop
Andy Bornhop is an author specializing in the automotive world, primarily the new cars, trucks, crossovers, vans and SUVs that support our daily lives and provide us with such superb personal mobility. While all new vehicles are much more competent than they used to be, there remain some significant differences, and Andy enjoys sharing that info with anybody who’s interested. His first car? A... Read More

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