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G22 4 Series Coupe First Technical Specs and Preproduction Drive Reviews

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Close to the finish line – and to home: new BMW 4 Series Coupe enters final phase of dynamic testing

April 29, 2020


Munich. The concept of sporty driving pleasure in the premium midsize segment is being redefined and will soon be available to experience in the new BMW 4 Series Coupe. Following a series of exhaustive test drives held as part of the development process to prepare it for series production, the latest incarnation of the two-door model is now embarking on the final phase of dynamic testing. After having their driving qualities honed at the winter testing centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, at the BMW Group’s test centre in Miramas in France, on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit and at various other race tracks, the prototypes are now returning to their roots: engineers will put the final touches to the chassis technology of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe on the motorways and country roads around the BMW Group’s Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Munich.

Like its overall vehicle concept and design, the 4 Series Coupe’s chassis technology is a more individual composition than ever before. The proportions, aerodynamic properties and weight distribution of the two-door car provide the ideal basis for a chassis set-up focussed unerringly on exhilarating dynamic performance. A direct comparison with the new BMW 3 Series Sedan highlights the new model’s unique profile particularly clearly. The sedan’s impressive drag coefficient, for example, is undercut by 0.015. Plus, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is 57 millimetres lower than its four-door counterpart and its centre of gravity is 21 millimetres closer to the road as a result.

This all combines with the increased negative camber at the front wheels and the 23-millimetre wider rear track to sharpen the car’s handling characteristics by a significant degree. The sports sedan already boasts extraordinary dynamism, but the new BMW 4 Series Coupe raises agility and lateral acceleration by a sizable margin again.

The development team for the new BMW 4 Series Coupe also took a model-specific approach to incorporating the chassis technology and connecting the suspension to the body. The fruits of their labours will launch the new two-door model straight to the top of its segment in terms of sporting prowess and the driving experience. At the same time, the double-joint spring strut front axle / five-link rear axle configuration means the dialling up of dynamic performance doesn’t come at the expense of excellent comfort on everyday drives and long journeys. Lift-related dampers – which made their debut in the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and offer continuously variable, progressive damping control as a function of spring travel – have been tuned for an even sportier drive. Custom-made tower-to-front end struts and an additional shear panel on the bulkhead optimise steering precision and response, while bracing elements have been added around the rear axle to increase stiffness for improved straightline stability and lateral acceleration.

The model line-up provides another indication of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe’s unwavering commitment to class-leading driving dynamics. The range will now be spearheaded by a BMW M model in the shape of the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupe. Powered by a potent straight-six engine delivering maximum output of 275 kW/374 hp, it will also feature 48V mild-hybrid technology, with a 48V starter-generator and a second battery employed to both ease the load on the engine and act in unison with it. Besides improved efficiency, the principal benefit here is punchier power development when the driver hits the accelerator hard. The additional 8 kW/11 hp generated by the electric boost effect underpins lightning-fast off-the-line getaways and in-gear sprints. The engine’s stunning power delivery, the standalone vehicle concept and the optimised chassis technology’s model-specific configuration combine to endow the BMW M440i xDrive Coupe with outstanding performance credentials. Harnessing the race track expertise of BMW M GmbH, the various elements have been woven together into an overall package of supreme handling agility, precision and poise.

The power generated by the engine in the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupe is channelled to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and the car’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The M Sport differential is also on hand to make sure that drive power is deployed to optimum effect in demanding driving situations. The locking effect generated by an electric motor limits speed equalisation between the inside and outside rear wheel when cornering, thereby enhancing traction and handling stability while enabling the driver to power out of bends with considerable dynamic verve. The custom-tuned chassis elastokinematics, exceptionally powerful M Sport brakes and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres are likewise contributory factors in the precisely controllable dynamics of the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupe.

The final round of testing on the car’s home ground will allow the engineers to fast-track their latest findings into the fine-tuning process at the Research and Innovation Centre. The focus here is on ensuring that the dynamic performance attributes of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe crafted on race circuits can also be experienced in normal driving conditions on public roads. Whether darting along winding country routes around Munich or constantly switching between motorway and urban traffic, the new BMW M440i xDrive Coupe epitomises how the unequivocally sporty design of the body and chassis, the bespoke set-up of the steering, brakes and all-wheel-drive system, the pinpoint feedback from the dampers and the precise interventions of the chassis control systems together serve up driving pleasure that thrills and delights – day in, day out.

BMW G22 4 Series Coupe Prototype Official Photos












Car And Driver

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...ototype-drive/


Motor 1

https://www.motor1.com/reviews/41892...-drive-review/


Autocar

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...ries-prototype


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https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/4-...ototype-review


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Looks promising....


Bring on the M4... please

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Ouch...

"Because, while the M440i passes all of our dynamic tests with flying colors, it can't shake a certain synthetic quality.

It also feels more jittery and nervous, and not everyone (myself included) is a huge fan of that feeling.

The steering isn't the best in terms of feel at hand, it's still a bit heavy and rubbery, but it responds well to what's happening underneath you. That works."

That Motor1 review wasn't particularly glowing, and the 4er's design could kill all hope of this car no matter how good it is for many including myself.
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Ouch...

"Because, while the M440i passes all of our dynamic tests with flying colors, it can't shake a certain synthetic quality.

It also feels more jittery and nervous, and not everyone (myself included) is a huge fan of that feeling.

The steering isn't the best in terms of feel at hand, it's still a bit heavy and rubbery, but it responds well to what's happening underneath you. That works."

That Motor1 review wasn't particularly glowing, and the 4er's design could kill all hope of this car no matter how good it is for many including myself.
Yeah, I think in time.... steering is a line of code... the question is will BMW fix it. Also, this is not a full-on "M4" so I expect something to be left on the table for the M, M Comp, and the CSL or whatever the top tier is called.


The design is TBD... I am going to pass judgment once photos and it can bee seen in the flesh.
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question is will BMW fix it?
Sadly, I'm 100% confident the answer to that question will be no. BMW has had 10 years to fix their EPS, and have yet to do it.
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Ouch...

"Because, while the M440i passes all of our dynamic tests with flying colors, it can't shake a certain synthetic quality.

It also feels more jittery and nervous, and not everyone (myself included) is a huge fan of that feeling.

The steering isn't the best in terms of feel at hand, it's still a bit heavy and rubbery, but it responds well to what's happening underneath you. That works."

That Motor1 review wasn't particularly glowing, and the 4er's design could kill all hope of this car no matter how good it is for many including myself.
Car and driver must have been more active at the bar after the event

“there will likely be some cross-shopping with the Porsche Cayman and 911. If you are interested in any of those, the new BMW 4-series will deserve a very close look.”

Back in the real world it sounds like a good platform for the M4 with the already Increased ALU use, wide track and low cog. Nevermind that C&D drunk talk
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Ouch...

"Because, while the M440i passes all of our dynamic tests with flying colors, it can't shake a certain synthetic quality.

It also feels more jittery and nervous, and not everyone (myself included) is a huge fan of that feeling.

The steering isn't the best in terms of feel at hand, it's still a bit heavy and rubbery, but it responds well to what's happening underneath you. That works."

That Motor1 review wasn't particularly glowing, and the 4er's design could kill all hope of this car no matter how good it is for many including myself.
Car and driver must have been more active at the bar after the event

"there will likely be some cross-shopping with the Porsche Cayman and 911. If you are interested in any of those, the new BMW 4-series will deserve a very close look."

Back in the real world it sounds like a good platform for the M4 with the already Increased ALU use, wide track and low cog. Nevermind that C&D drunk talk
If there's one thing I've learned with C/D its to never trust their press drives. They are always extremely positive and never look at the negatives. Once they get the cars in their own hands for a review they tell it how it really is. Just look at the difference in F30 and G30 press drives and then instrument tests/reviews, they go from glowing to critical.
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Car and driver must have been more active at the bar after the event

“there will likely be some cross-shopping with the Porsche Cayman and 911. If you are interested in any of those, the new BMW 4-series will deserve a very close look.”

Back in the real world it sounds like a good platform for the M4 with the already Increased ALU use, wide track and low cog. Nevermind that C&D drunk talk

Haha, unless they know something we don't.... then again when your drunk a 1 is 10
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If there's one thing I've learned with C/D its to never trust their press drives. They are always extremely positive and never look at the negatives. Once they get the cars in their own hands for a review they tell it how it really is. Just look at the difference in F30 and G30 press drives and then instrument tests/reviews, they go from glowing to critical.
Haha probably sober
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"You wouldn't say the second-generation coupe offers a night-and-day contrast to the driving experience in the 3 Series. But at the point where its sedan sibling slowly but surely pulls down the curtain, the 4 Series continues to sing a little while longer."

Sounds promising, if its actually stiffer and more dynamic than the already rigid G20.

Too bad it has a face only a BMW designer could love..
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"You wouldn't say the second-generation coupe offers a night-and-day contrast to the driving experience in the 3 Series. But at the point where its sedan sibling slowly but surely pulls down the curtain, the 4 Series continues to sing a little while longer."

Sounds promising, if it actually stiffer and more dynamic than the already rigid G20.

Too bad it has a face only a BMW designer could love..
BMW could pull it off.. they didn't go crazy on the LCI 5 series so IDK..... June needs to hurry up or someone needs to leak a bunch of official photos.
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It looks athletic even through the camo. Something I can't say for most cars.
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Is that the only mode, or can you at least have twin round dials? I detest those spaceship style bars and one is back to front FFS.
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Those digital gauges are sooooo awful.

Is that the only mode, or can you at least have twin round dials? I detest those spaceship style bars and one is back to front FFS.
You get used to them but ‘real’ dials were better.

You can run ‘minimal mode’ to hide some of the noise.

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Is it me or does it look like the grills are going to be smaller and more in line with the 3 series? I thought they were going to share the massive ones on the leaked m3/m4's?
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Ouch...

"Because, while the M440i passes all of our dynamic tests with flying colors, it can't shake a certain synthetic quality.

It also feels more jittery and nervous, and not everyone (myself included) is a huge fan of that feeling.

The steering isn't the best in terms of feel at hand, it's still a bit heavy and rubbery, but it responds well to what's happening underneath you. That works."

That Motor1 review wasn't particularly glowing, and the 4er's design could kill all hope of this car no matter how good it is for many including myself.
Yeah, I think in time.... steering is a line of code... the question is will BMW fix it. Also, this is not a full-on "M4" so I expect something to be left on the table for the M, M Comp, and the CSL or whatever the top tier is called.


The design is TBD... I am going to pass judgment once photos and it can bee seen in the flesh.
Same here - so many unknowns at this early stage. Reserving my opinion until a production model can be driven.

Whoever designed and approved digital gauges must have been a fan of Honda's Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020. How about thoughtfully offering drivers a choice and providing at least a digitized rendition of analog gauges with orange on black color scheme? Breitling Old Navitimer never went out of style.
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This sounds like a nice car. It sounds very promising. Sounds like the M4 Comp is on my list.
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