Photo Comparison: BMW 4 Series Coupe vs BMW 8 Series Coupe

When we first started seeing spy photos of the newly-released BMW 4 Series, clad in camouflage, we thought it looked like a mini-8 Series. Moreover, … The article Photo Comparison: BMW 4 Series Coupe vs BMW 8 Series Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

Photo Comparison: BMW 4 Series Coupe vs BMW 8 Series Coupe

When we first started seeing spy photos of the newly-released BMW 4 Series, clad in camouflage, we thought it looked like a mini-8 Series. Moreover, we had heard rumors that it would actually drive like a baby 8 Series as well. Turns out, neither of those were exactly accurate. BMW claims the new 4 Series to be more of a sports car than anything else and we now know that its styling is not a direct carryover from the 8 Series. So we thought we’d put together a side-by-side comparison to see how the two BMW coupes differ.

Let’s get the faces of both cars out of the way first. Up front, the 4 Series makes the 8 Series positively tame. When the 8er first debuted, it was said to have had massive grilles. Now, it looks reserved and understated compared to its younger sibling. The 4 Series’ monstrous kidney grilles are comically disproportionate and the 8er’s are far more normal. That said, the 4 Series headlights are far prettier and more interesting and it does look sportier than its older sibling. So BMW nailed that aspect of it.

In profile, the two cars are similar but not identical. BMW has done a good job of differentiating the two cars well enough that it doesn’t look like the 8 Series is just a stretched 4 Series. That was wise, too, as the more similar the two cars are, the less likely customers will opt for the more expensive car. And BMW is having a hard time selling 8 Series’ as it is. The 8er is longer, a bit more muscular and a bit more athletic looking. While the 4 Series is actually a bit smoother and prettier. Both have accentuate rear wheel arches but the 8 Series’ hips are more pronounced than the 4 Series’. Still, both cars look great from the side, as it’s both cars’ best angle.

Out back, the 8 Series is a bit subtler, a bit more subdued than the 4 Series, which is a bit more stylish and sporty looking. It’s hard to say which one is better looking, as they’re surprisingly more distinct than we thought they’d be. Though, the 8 Series’ hips, and the way they stick out past the C-pillars, is really sexy, more so than on the 4 Series.

We won’t actually compare interiors because it’s not really fair to compare the cabins of two different cars with $40,000 in between them. Though, if I’m being honest, the comparison would probably hurt the 8 Series more, as it’s not different enough to justify its price tag.

In the end, we’re happy that the 4 Series is different enough looking from the 8 Series that it doesn’t seem as if they’re cookie-cutter designs.

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New BMW 4 Series Coupe online configurator goes live on several BMW websites

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe is here and so are the online configurators for the G22 generation, now available on many BMW websites around … The article New BMW 4 Series Coupe online configurator goes live on several BMW websites appeared first on BMW BLOG

New BMW 4 Series Coupe online configurator goes live on several BMW websites

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe is here and so are the online configurators for the G22 generation, now available on many BMW websites around the world. The premium mid-sized coupe from BMW is offered in two equipment lines: the Basis model and the M Sport version. This is a pretty different strategy than the one applied for the outgoing F32 generation, where you’d also get the Sport Line and Luxury Line trims.

It is pretty obvious that BMW is looking for an aggressive positioning of its G22 4 Series, just like in the case of the 8 Series models. The clear intention is to direct customers mostly towards the range-topping M Sport variant.

Besides these, you can also get an optional, fancier M Sport Pro package for the new 4 Series Coupe. It combines the standard M Sport pack with 19-inch M alloys, the 8-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox, a rear spoiler, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line exterior ornaments and headlights with extended content, amplified engine acoustics for the cabin and a Harman/Kardon surround sound system.

Of course, the high-end offerings for the new 4 Series Coupe also include the M Automobiles. For the time being, until the G82 M4 is premiered in September 2020, the newly introduced M440i xDrive will take the role of the range-topping variant. The high-end M440d xDrive diesel variant will be available from November 2020.

Other powering versions include the 420i Coupe, the 420d Coupe (also available with optional xDrive) and the 430i Coupe. The forthcoming 430d xDrive Coupe with 210 kW / 286 PS (282 hp) will become available in early 2021.

The color palette for the new BMW 4 Series Coupe includes uni, metallic and BMW Individual exterior paintworks as follows:

  • Uni shades: Black and Alpine White
  • Metallic: Sapphire Black, Mineral White, Sunset Orange, Bluestone, Arctic Race Blue (new color)
  • BMW Individual: Tanzanite Blue II, Dravite Grey

I am also eagerly awaiting the anticipated San Remo Green metallic color, which should become available towards the end of the year.

To adorn the cabin, an equally rich array of materials can be chosen. In terms of upholstery, you can opt from the following:

  • Cloth/Sensatec combination: Black, Black with blue contrast stitching (for the M Sport / M Automobile variants)
  • Sensatec artificial leather: Black, Canberra Beige/Black and Canberra Beige
  • Vernasca leather: Black, Canberra Beige/Black and Canberra Beige, Tacora Red, Cognac, Oyster, Mokka, Black with blue contrast stitching (for the M Sport / M Automobile variants)

In what metal and wood trims are concerned, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe boasts an attractive selection of dashboard ornaments:

  • Metal trims: Aluminum Tetragon, Aluminum Mesh-effect
  • Wood veneers: matte, open-pore ash and maple wood, high-gloss ash wood
  • BMW Individual: Pianolack Black, Aluminum, Fineline Black wood with silver effect and open-pore texture

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe can also be optionally specced with the M Carbon package for the exterior, the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line package, the BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminum satinated and the galvanized surface finish for the buttons and controls.

After spending some time in live configurator, I came up with the following specifications that underline the sheer beauty and dynamic character of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe.

BMW 430i Coupe in Sunset Orange with Vernasca Canberra Beige interior

BMW 420d xDrive Coupe M Sport in Dravite Grey metallic, with Vernasca Cognac interior

BMW M440i xDrive Coupe in Tanzanite Blue II, with Vernasca Tacora Red interior

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