Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

It Is Dawn in a New BMW Era

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

It Is Dawn in a New BMW Era

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THE arrival of the new BMW 4 Series Coupe heralds the dawn of a new era for the Bavarian-based, prestige automotive manufacturer. Representing the fourth generation of BMW's premium mid-size coupe, the new BMW 4 Series embodies the sporty nature of this segment in every aspect of its design, performance and dynamics.

According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the 4 Series represents an exciting new chapter for BMW.

"The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe is a new take on BMW's mid-sized coupe. It is a stunning vehicle and it drives just the way it looks," he said.

"In Australia, we have made sure the sensational experience doesn't end there, with high levels of specifications and features making the all-new 4 Series an outstanding drive around town, or a cutting-edge performance vehicle on more demanding roads," said Horton.

The BMW 4 Series Coupe sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features.

Although an undeniable kinship is evident with the BMW 3 Series, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe's more muscular and purposeful design highlights its more sporting pedigree.

Exterior features have been designed to highlight the vehicle's dynamic ability, starting with a large, wide air-intake in the front apron which accentuates the vehicle's increased width. The air-intake is capped at both ends by apertures for aerodynamically motivated air-curtains which are complemented by air-breathers located just behind the front wheels.

The BMW 4 Series Coupe's gently sloping roofline displays a typically elegant silhouette. Below the windows, a prominent double swage line visually reduces over the rear wheels to accentuate flared arches, which now represent the widest part of the car. Further horizontal lines combine with L-shaped tail lights to further reinforce the coupe's powerfully wide stance from the rear.

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe has grown proportionally in comparison to the out-going model. The overall length has increased by 26mm to 4638mm, width has increased by 43mm to 1825mm and height has decreased by 16mm to 1362 mm -- and these dimensions all combine to enhance the vehicle's sportier credentials.

While the BMW 4 Series Coupe's chassis is based on the latest 3 Series sedan, some significant changes have been made to promise a higher level of accuracy and agility.

The chassis has been significantly extended, with 50mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width -- 45mm extra at the front and a full 80mm at the rear.

Refinements have also been made to the suspension of the vehicle, including fine-tuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics, as well as providing additional strengthening elements in the front section of the car. …

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