The 2017 BMW 4-Series range is made up of coupe, convertible and four-door gran coupe models, which are based on the mid-size 3 Series Sedan. For this latest generation BMW has decided to separate the 3 Series based coupes and convertibles into a new line up. Offered here in three bodystyles - coupe, convertible and gran coupe, the 2016 4 Series models cost between RM297, 800 and RM740, 800. Rivals for this German coupe/convertibles come in the form of the Infiniti Q60, Lexus RC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Convertible as well as the Audi A5 range.
Powertrain options for the BMW 4 Series models are carried over from the car it based on, the 3 Series, therefore all variants feature turbocharged engines and a ZF sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, except for the M4, which gets the carmaker's renowned M twin clutch transmission. Here is a rundown of the performance figures of each variant:
420i: Powering the entry level 420i variant is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 184hp at 5,000rpm and 270Nm of torque from 1,250rpm to 4,500rpm. The century sprint and top speed of this model is rated at 7.3 seconds and 236km/h respectively. The 420i is capable of returning a fuel consumption figure of 6.0-litres per 100km.
428i: The 428i gets the same 2.0-litre turbo four-pot found in the 420i, but with a boost in power. It now boasts 245hp and a peak torque of 350Nm. This mid-range variant is able to scoot from a standstill to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h. Fuel economy and CO2 emission figures are 6.4-litre per 100km and 149g/km respectively.
435i: Under the hood of the 435i M Sport is the German marque’s renowned turbocharged inline six mill that is good for 306hp and 400Nm of torque. Thanks to the high power output, this coupe is able to complete the century sprint in just 5.1 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are rated at 7.4-litres per 100km and 172g per kilometre respectively.
M4: The M4 is powered by a force fed inline-six cylinder mill that outputs 431hp between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm and 550Nm of torque, which arrives at a low 1,850 rpm. This high-powered sports coupe hits 100km/h in just a little over 4.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically capped at 250km/h.
Standard across the 2016 4 Series range are features such as auto activating xenon headlights with LED light rings, rain sensor, leather upholstery, a sports steering wheel, paddle shifters, automatic start/stop function, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable front seats, push start ignition and an infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, USB and AUX input.
Upgrading to the more premium variants and trim levels will buy you bells and whistles such as larger alloy wheels, an aero optimized bodykit, M Sport suspension, better brakes, matt black exterior accents, a better sound system, sports front seats, BMW head-up display, a navigation system and a larger infotainment screen.
Safety kit includes a minimum of six airbags, run flat tires, a flat tire indicator, Dynamic Stability Control, ABS and traction control system.