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Published Date: 20/07/2013

From £31,575 OTR, the BMW 4 series hits the showrooms in October 2013 and is set to impress those who are looking for a car with a sporty image. 

With a choice of 3 turbocharged engines (2 petrol and 1 diesel) and 3 more on the way soon after release, either rear wheel drive or BMW’s all wheel drive system (X-Drive) as well as 5 trim levels (SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport), customers are certainly going to be spoilt for choice in terms of constructing their desired car.

The three additional engines due to go into production in November 2013 are the 184hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder 420i and two 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesels – the 258hp 430d and the most powerful 4 Series model, the 313hp 435d – which will probably be the weapon of choice for many customers who are looking to do a lot of motorway miles.

On release in the UK, the range topping 3L turbocharged 435i will boast over 306 horsepower, a 0-60 dash in under 5.5 seconds, yet to further enhancements of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics still only return 185 g/km meaning a much cleaner and refined drive.

But more importantly the 4 series is set to bring back some presence on the road, with a much sportier and aggressive frame. The new car has a wheel base that has been stretched by 50mm, been lengthened by 26mm and will be 43mm wider. In terms of track, increases of 45mm are at the front and 81mm at the rear, and when combined with a 16mm reduction in the roofline, it certainly gives it a “hunkered” down presence.

Thanks to a redesigned front end, it is now 60% stiffer than the outgoing 3 series coupe and when coupled with a 50-50 weight distribution and redesigned, lower suspension on all models, it will be the car in the entire current BMW range which will boast the lower centre of gravity. Driving pleasure is still certainly, firmly at the forefront of BMW’s agenda with the 4 series.

The brilliant 8 speed double clutch automatic gearbox will be available on all models on release as an option, however both six-cylinder diesels which will arrive soon after release will come as standard with the system (which incorporates Launch Control), while the 435d is only available with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

In its highest trim, M Sport, the package includes M Sport suspension, a three-spoke M Sport leather steering wheel, Aluminium interior trim, M Sport light-alloy wheels and an aerodynamic body kit. Adaptive M Sport suspension, with electronically variable damping which can also be adjusted through the Drive Performance Control, is optionally available on all models.

The variable damping is the key to enabling the 4 series to maintain fantastic ride comfort over tough UK roads, but also allow customers a stiffer, flatter ride when pushed hard which combined with the increase in track both front and rear will help handling dramatically.

There is a lot to get excited about by the 4 series; it is now just the matter of waiting patiently for October to arrive later on this year.

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