BMW Malaysia has just launched its all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36). Here to directly take on the 2014 Audi A5 Sportback (RM359,900), here’s how the four-door coupe Beemer gets on for prices:
- BMW 428i Gran Coupe Sport Line: RM389,800 (without insurance)
- M Sport Option: RM29,000
- Vehicle Track and Recovery with Safety Upgrade: RM5,900
If you’re wondering how this differs from a similarly-proportioned BMW 3 Series GT, well, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is shorter in length, lower in height, and narrower in width overall. But don’t forget, this is still a coupe, so you can expect all the sloping roofline and frameless window arrangements. And like the Audi A5 Sportback, the Gran Coupe here has a one-piece liftgate for better boot access.
BMW 428i Gran Coupe:
- Engine: 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine
- Transmission: Eight-speed Steptronic Auto
- Horsepower: 245 @ 5,000 – 6,500rpm
- Torque: 350Nm @ 1,250 to 4,800rpm
- 0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds
- Top speed: 250km/h
- Combined consumption: 6.6l/100km
On the outside, the four-door Gran Coupe features all the recognisable traits of a regular 4 Series, but for the slight increase in overall height by 12mm – the rest of the Coupe’s exterior dimensions appear exactly the same, but of course for the addition of two extra doors from the original Coupe.
Detailing is identical as well, with high-gloss black fitments here and there, nine-slat kidney grille, Air Breathers, frameless windows, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more. The only other difference to note is that the F36 has four pillars (A, B, C, D – like the F34 3 Series GT), while the F32 gets on with just three pillars.
But as always, how your car ends up looking, is highly dependent on your choice of options, in which case here, includes a BMW M Sport package as an option, while the Sport Line trim is standard. See more on this below.
Inside the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe, you’ll find all the common fitments of a modern BMW, more so the recently-launched line of 4 Series variants (Coupe, Convertible). The immediately visible free-standing 8.8-inch LCD Control Display features has a split-screen function, and is equipped with BMW’s Navigation System Professional. To manage the system, BMW’s latest iDrive Touch Controller is seen ready in the center console.
The seats are you see them here are in an exclusive Ivory White, integrated within a black interior scheme – of course, all this is subject to change, depending on the BMW Line and package of your choice.
SPACIOUSNESS: Where practicalities are concerned, the four-door coupe has a 2+1 rear seat arrangement with a 60:40 split-folding rear backrest: folded flat, this creates up to 1,300 litres in conjunction with the boot’s standalone 480 litres of space.
Speaking of the boot, the 4 Series Gran Coupe has a one-piece liftgate, which uniquely features a larger opening for better usability. And, there’s also BMW’s contactless opening and closing of the boot lid, which need only a foot swipe beneath the rear bumper to open the hatch.
Looking at BMW’s technical sheet, cabin space comparisons with the regular 4 Series Coupe reveals that the Gran Coupe has 27mm more headroom and 44mm more door-to-door space in the rear, but it loses out only in door-to-door width in the front by 18mm.
M SPORT PACKAGE: Taking things even further in the four-door 4 Series, you can opt for your 428i with an M Sport package, which as we know adds a few more M badges, an M-specific bodykit (aero pack), 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, and an M Sport suspension amongst many other M goodies. An Estorial Blue metallic and Carbon Black metallic paint finish is reserved just for this package.
To tame the 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower engine available here, are two neat additions that bring to life the 4GC. For starters, you have the Adaptive M suspension (available as standard on both variants), which allows you to modify you damper settings to suite your current driving styles: choose to stiffen your ride for your exuberant getaways, or soften it all up to turn your car into a cosy cruiser.
Then you have BMW’s four unique driving modes, available via the Driving Experience Control feature: ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Each of the modes represent various configurations of your car’s accelerator pedal, transmission as well as air-conditioning settings, and shape them up according to which settings you prefer at the time.
If you haven’t already been clued in to how this works, ECO PRO mode will, for example, save you up to 20% of fuel by reducing the A/C’s strength, taming the throttle response and optimising your transmission’s shift points to save you the most fuel. Likewise, shifting the car into Sport+ mode gets everything working for maximum attack, even switching the Dynamic Stability Control off in favour of Dynamic Traction Control.