Friday, 25 October 2013

BMW 2 Series Coupé

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé is the latest model to join BMW’s extensive range. The two-door coupé raises the bar in the premium compact sector for both driving dynamics and aesthetic appeal.

In typical BMW coupé tradition, the new four-seat model combines a rear-wheel drive chassis with an engine line-up and suspension tuning that are focused squarely on sporting ability. Two petrol and one diesel engines will be available at launch, ranging from the 220d Coupé to the latest 326hp M Performance model the M235i Coupé.

The individual design clearly differentiates the 2 Series Coupé from the 1 Series model range, lending the newcomer a character all of its own. The longer body and low, flowing roofline reinforce the 2 Series Coupé’s sporting intent while the wider track, longer wheelbase and significantly increased body width improve both cabin space and driving dynamics.

All five engine options benefit from BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver class-leading performance and efficiency figures. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are further reduced by BMW’s extensive EfficientDynamics technologies, which are standard across the range.

The premium, driver-centric cabin and high level of standard equipment are befitting of a BMW coupé, which will be available at launch in four trim levels: SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport.
The BMW 2 Series Coupé reaches the market in March 2014, starting at £24,265 OTR for the 218d Coupé SE

Model Price
0 – 62mph Seconds Fuel consumption
CO2 Emissions g/km
BMW 220i  SE Coupé £25,040 184 270 7.0 (7.0) 44.8 (47.1) 148 (139)
BMW 220d SE Coupé £25,865 184 380 7.2 (7.1) 58.9 (64.2) 125 (117)
BMW M235i Coupé £34,250 326 450 5.0 (4.8) 34.9 (37.2) 189 (176)

Design: typical coupé proportions, dynamic lines and forms

The BMW 2 Series Coupé is true to BMW coupés of the past, with a distinctive three-box body structure and design features such as the side swage lines that wrap around into the rear and the iconic Hofmeister kink. As a distinct model in its own right, however, a specific design language gives the BMW 2 Series Coupé an identity of its own among BMW’s model range.

The proportions, detailing and surface design have been tailored to accentuate the new model’s sporting character while also ensuring optimised aerodynamics. The bespoke front and rear end styling, as well as the overall body length that is increased by 11cm compared to the BMW 1 Series, underline the 2 Series Coupé’s position a distinct series in BMW’s line-up.

Lines that taper down towards the hallmark BMW kidney grille lend a forward-surging stance. The grille itself protrudes clearly from the front of the car and slants forward at a slight angle, while the lower air intake, split into three sections, feeds cooling air to the engine and brakes. With the optional Xenon headlights, an LED accent strip cuts across the top of the familiar BMW twin circular headlights. Distinctive Aero Curtains are integrated into the front apron to channel the air over the wheels and around the side of the car, helping to reduce turbulence.

In profile, the BMW 2 Series Coupé features signature brand features such as a long bonnet, short overhangs and a set-back passenger compartment. A prominent character line above the door sill sweeps up rearwards of the B-pillar and towards the flared rear wheel arch, emphasising the car’s rear-wheel drive layout.

The broad rear end, which draws the eye to the swollen arches and wide track, hints at the BMW 2 Series Coupé’s sporting character. Single-piece LED light units reach far into the car’s flanks in a familiar L-shape.

Compared to its predecessor, the new model is 72mm longer and 26mm wider. The wheelbase has grown by 30mm, while the track is wider by 41mm at the front and 43mm at the rear. Cabin space has also increased, with an extra 19mm of front headroom and 21mm of rear legroom. Boot capacity is up by 20litres to 390litres. The boot aperture is also wider than that of the previous model.

The interior: driver-centric cabin and premium quality

The BMW 2 Series Coupé’s interior combines a driver-focused cockpit with high-quality materials. Overlapping surfaces lend a ‘layering’ effect to the dashboard, which is angled towards the driver for improved ergonomics.

Front headroom and rear legroom have increased by 19mm and 21mm respectively compared to the BMW 1 Series Coupé, while several large storage compartments, including the spacious glovebox and door pockets, add practicality. The Easy Entry function of the front seats aids access to the rear of the cabin and the 60:40 split folding rear bench seat helps to make best use of the 2 Series Coupé’s load-carrying potential. A 40:20:40 three-way folding rear bench seat is optional. Dakota leather upholstery is available as an alternative to the standard cloth.

High level of standard equipment: optimum comfort and safety

Customers will have the option of choosing between three trim levels in addition to the standard specification. The standard kit count is generous, over and above those of the BMW 1 Series. As well as remote central locking, height adjustment for the driver’s and front passenger seat, BMW Professional radio with 6.5-inch colour display and iDrive controller, six speakers and an AUX-in socket, standard equipment includes the Driving Perfomance Control switch and automatic climate control. A Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone system with a USB socket, DAB radio, BMW Emergency Call, Sport Multi-Function Leather steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers are also fitted as standard.

Over and above the extensive kit of the SE trim, which also includes rear Park Distance Control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels, the Sport trim level adds sports seats and black high-gloss interior trim, as well as exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels. Modern adds part leather upholstery, Dark Pearl interior trim and an exclusive 17-inch alloy wheel design.

Also available from launch is the M Sport model. This model combines bespoke M Sport Suspension (including a 10mm drop in ride height and 18-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design), M aerodynamic bodystyling and High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. In addition M aluminium door sill strips, front sports seats, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim, M Sport leather steering wheel and cloth-alcantara upholstery underline the 2 Series Coupé’s sporting nature from the inside. Estoril Blue metallic piant can also be specified with the M Sport trim level.

Among the items on the options list are electrically adjustable and heated seats, Xenon headlights, an electrically operated glass sunroof and Comfort Access.

The chassis: tuned for sporting dynamics

The BMW 2 Series Coupé delivers a precise and rewarding driving experience. Its chassis components have a high level of aluminium content to reduce unsprung masses to improve dynamic performance. The front strut and five-link rear suspension arrangement, anti-roll bars, wide front and rear track and 50:50 weight distribution all contribute to the car’s sporting behaviour. The Electric Power Steering is energy efficient and accurate, helping to enhance the handling characteristics. The ride quality, meanwhile, is well-suited to everyday driving.

The standard Driving Performance Control switch gives drivers the option of adjusting the car’s set-up to their individual preferences or the driving situation at hand, while a variety of options allow customers to tailor their car to their own preferences. Servotronic steering adjusts the level of power assistance according to road speed, while Variable Sport Steering adjusts the steering ratio to reduce the level of effort required.

If the M Sport package is specified, customers can also order their car with the M Sport braking system with fixed callipers, four pistons at the front and two at the rear, with larger brake discs. For the most enthusiastic of drivers, the BMW M Performance braking system brings even larger ventilated and riveted discs and callipers painted either red, orange or yellow.

The BMW 2 Series Coupé is optionally available with Adaptive M suspension, with electronically controlled dampers, or M Sport suspension, with stiffer spring and damper settings. Both set-ups come with a 10mm reduction in ride height. The BMW M Performance sports suspension goes a step further still, offering customers a 20mm drop in ride height, bespoke dampers and shorter, red-painted coil springs.

Powertrain: TwinPower Turbo technology for performance and efficiency

BMW’s pioneering TwinPower Turbo technology ensures the BWM 2 Series Coupé delivers a rewarding yet fuel efficient driving experience. As is customary for BMW coupés, the engines are in-line and longitudinally mounted up front, sending their power to the rear wheels. All five engine options make use of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines sporty performance characteristics with exceptional efficiency.

The range-topping M235i Coupé delivers an exhilarating 326hp with 450Nm of torque, and accelerates to 62mph from standstill in just 5.0 seconds. With the optional eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox, which features a Launch Control system, that figure drops to 4.8 seconds. Nonetheless, it will also return up to 37.2mpg and emit just 176g/km of CO2.

The second petrol option, the 220i Coupé, gets a four-cylinder engine that generates 184hp and 270Nm of torque. The petrol engine in the 220i delivers a stirring soundtrack, but also returns up to 47.1mpg while emitting as little as 139g/km of CO2. Those impressive figures come courtesy of the TwinPower Turbo technology, which comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control.

The diesel engine available from launch is the 220d Coupé.  Offering 184hp and 380Nm of torque it’ll reach 62mph in just 7.2 seconds. Nonetheless, the 220d Coupé is still capable of 64.2mpg while emitting just 117g/km of CO2.

Two further engines will be available shortly after launch, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel unit, the 218d Coupé and the six-cylinder 225d Coupé.

All engines can be combined with an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox for fuel consumption and emissions figures that are even lower than those achieved with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. The 2 Series Coupé can also be ordered with the optional eight-speed Sports automatic (standard on the 225d Coupé), which uses ultra-fast gear changes to underline the dynamic character of the two-door car. This Sport automatic comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function.

All model variants come with extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology as standard and meet the EU6 emissions standards.

M235i: for ultimate driving pleasure

The M235i Coupé is the latest BMW M Performance model. It delivers the most rewarding driving experience of the range, an aerodynamically optimised body design and a powerful six-cylinder engine. The 326hp sports coupé has been tuned by BMW M GmbH to achieve the highest level of driving precision and performance, while also being useable on a day-to-day basis.

The M235i Coupé’s straight-six engine benefits from TwinPower Turbo technology and specific modifications to the cooling system, power management and sound tuning. A twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection with centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control combine to ensure instantaneous power delivery and the free-revving characteristics that are typical of BMW M.
Despite hitting 62mph in just 4.8 seconds, when teamed with the eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox (a six-speed manual comes as standard), the M235i Coupé still returns up to 37.2mpg and emits an impressively low 176g/km of CO2.

In order to transfer this performance to the road, the M235i Coupé features an individually configured spring and damper system. The M235i Coupé comes as standard with the M Sport braking system and Variable Sport Steering.

The range-topping model also offers sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, a BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite and Aluminium Hexagon interior trim with accent strips in matt Estoril Blue or high-gloss black.

ConnectedDrive: safety, comfort and infotainment

The range of standard and optional equipment available from BMW’s ConnectedDrive suite of technologies ensures the BMW 2 Series Coupé occupies a leading position when it comes to the intelligent link-up of the driver, car and outside world.

Among the driver assistance systems available are the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, BMW Professional Media package with 8.8-inch widescreen display and iDrive Touch controller and Driving Assistant with Lane Departure warning, Forward Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation and Preventative Pedestrian Recognition. If the optional Xenon headlights are specified, the two-door model can also be equipped with Adaptive Headlights including cornering light, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and motorway driving.
The optional ConnectedDrive Services provides an optimised platform for using telephone and internet-based services, while a range of other innovative functions can be integrated into the car’s operating system via apps.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

BMW i3 Sunday Times Top 100

BMW i3 electrifies The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars.

The BMW i3 has collected its first accolade in the UK even before it goes on sale in November, having topped the Electric and Hybrid Car category in The Sunday Times Top 100 Car list.

Lauded for its holistic approach to electric car ownership and genuine appeal, not just to those looking for an electric car, the BMW i3 trumps the competition in this new but highly competative category.  Published on Sunday 20 October, the supplement highlights the 100 best cars on sale, as judged by The Sunday Times Driving editorial team.  It will be available to all digital subscribers at and from Monday 21st October on

Commenting on the BMW i3 The Sunday Times Driving team concluded: "BMW has bided its time while others took their first tentative steps into the electric car market. The brilliance of the i3 comes not in revolutionary battery technology for there is none, but by being a car someone might consider buying for reasons other than it's electric."

The new BMW i3 is the first model to launch within the BMW i range.  Two BMW i cars are confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is due to go on sale in the UK in late 2013, priced from £369 a month* or £25,680** OTR. Meanwhile, the BMW i8 will go on sale in the UK in 2014 priced at £99,845 OTR.

Like the i8, the BMW i3 features an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic. As well as the vehicles themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, charging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on-demand’ basis.

BMW is the first premium vehicle manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive ownership package surrounding electric mobility.

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Monday, 14 October 2013

BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible is the latest entrant to a market segment where BMW has enjoyed widespread acclaim and great success over five generations of premium Convertibles.

The design language introduced with the 4 Series Coupé is evident in this, the second model debut in the series. The result is a sporting yet elegant car, roof raised or lowered, that is clearly distinguished from its 3 Series brethren. It’s a lower, wider, longer car than the old 3 Series Convertible, with a visibly greater sporting intent.

The BMW 4 Series Convertible has a folding metal roof which can be raised or lowered in just 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 8mph. The optional wind deflector can now be stored behind the seats when not in use, and a new Air Collar system blows warm air around the necks of front seat occupants for open-air driving on cooler days.

At launch the 4 Series Convertible range will consist of two petrol engines and one diesel engine choice, available across five different trim levels. The range is characterised by a marked increase in the standard equipment level offered, despite the minimal increase in price.

The BMW 4 Series Convertible goes on sale 8 March 2014, starting at £36,675 OTR for a 420d SE Convertible.

Model Power
0 – 62mph Seconds Top Speed mph Combined mpg CO2 Emissions g/km Price OTR
BMW 435i Luxury Convertible 306 400 5.6 (5.5) 155* 34.9 (37.7) 190 (176) £44,970
BMW 428i SE Convertible 245 350 6.4 (6.4) 155* 41.5 (42.8) 159 (154) £39,515
BMW 420d SE Convertible 184 380 8.2 (8.2) 146 55.4 (58.9) 133 (127) £36,675
*electronically limited

Design: an elegant, sporting exterior and interior

Traditionally, BMW Convertibles have dynamic and balanced proportions - when the roof is up or down - and the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is no exception.

The dimensions of the new car differ significantly from the outgoing BMW 3 Series Convertible. The overall length of 4,638mm has been extended by 26mm; the wheelbase has grown by 50mm and, together with the wider front track, this gives the car a very athletic stance on the road. The shorter overhangs, long bonnet and set back passenger compartment further accent the graceful silhouette.

Although the BMW 4 Series Convertible is a more overtly sporting car than its predecessor, the design of the front end reflects its close family ties with the kidney grille and twin headlights showing it‘s unmistakably a BMW. The optional adaptive full-LED twin headlights, with their hexagonal design, combine with the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille to form a strong stylistic statement. The width of the vehicle is accentuated by a large air intake in the front apron below the headlight line. On the far left and right-hand edges of the air intake are the additional, aerodynamically refined, Aero Curtains.

From the side, the sloping roofline stretches the car’s overall appearance and elegantly accentuates the sporting profile. The moulding at the juncture of the three-piece folding hardtop and the body is available in chrome, black or satin aluminium, depending on the model variant. The shallow side windows, signature BMW Hofmeister kink and the double shoulder line teams up with the striking door sill line, to give the car a dynamic elegance. With the top lowered, the smooth, flowing silhouette is not compromised by radio antennas or rollover bars, which are hidden behind the rear head restraints.

Located behind the BMW 4 Series Convertible’s front wheels are Air Breathers designed to reduce drag around the wheel arches. The sporting character extends into the design of the rear where prominent horizontal lines and broadly stretched L-shaped tail lights, positioned at the outer edges, draw attention to the muscular wheel arches and wide track.

Three-piece retractable hard-top: form and function

The three-piece metal roof of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible means that occupants can enjoy a warm, quiet, snug cockpit whatever the weather outside. A simple push of a button transforms the dynamic coupé into an elegant convertible in just 20 seconds and can now be lowered when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of up 8mph.

The hard-top of the BMW 4 Series Convertible features a number of design improvements to reduce noise levels for a much quieter interior ambience. In addition, the sound-absorbing headliner also reduces wind noise by up to 2dB.

The redesigned optional wind deflector is now wider at the sides, and the optional three-temperature Air Collar allows for comfortable open-air driving at low temperatures. The wind deflector is now smaller, lighter, more effective and easier to use. When it is not needed, it can be stored behind the rear seats to save space.

The BMW 4 Series Convertible also has plenty of space in the boot, even when the retractable hard-top is lowered. The new Convertible offers wider access to the luggage compartment, and an electro-hydraulic loading assistance system pivots and positions the folded hard top to ensure maximum utilisation of the 220litres of storage space. When the top is up the luggage compartment has a volume of 370 litres, 20 litres more than in the BMW 3 Series Convertible. Moreover, with the optional Through-loading system a flat and level storage area can be utilised when the backrest of the rear bench seat is folded down.

The interior: wrap around cockpit; boat deck rear

The interior of the BMW 4 Series Convertible blends sporting intent and exclusivity. All of the controls are arranged ergonomically around the driver to provide optimum access to all functions. A sports steering wheel, circular instruments in black panel look and the freestanding flat screen iDrive monitor, controlled by the iDrive Touch Controller when the Professional Media package is specified, epitomise this functional elegance. The completely new design of the front seats includes integrated retractable seat belts , unique in this class, as well as being electrically adjustable as standard. Dakota leather upholstery with Sun Reflective technology is standard on all models.

In the rear, the bench design is contoured to form two individual seats, with cup holders and a storage tray for small items between them. The rear head restraints are separated from the concealed rollover bars and can be removed if desired. The effective rollover bars are comprised of two steel elements hidden behind the rear seats whereby in critical situations, sensors trigger the system and the rollover bars are extended within less than 200ms.

High level of standard specification

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible will offer a significantly higher standard specification that the model it replaces. As standard the 4 Series is fitted with front and rear parking sensors, heated electric front seats, Servotronic steering, a Sport-multi-function leather steering wheel and Xenon headlights.  DAB radio, Dakota leather upholstery with SunReflective technology, Two-zone air conditioning, Cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, Comfort Go, Drive Performance Control, iDrive Controller and 6.5-inch colour screen complete the standard specification of all models across the range.

Five individual model trims: the BMW 4 Series Convertible personalised

There are five different trim levels for the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. The standard SE trim level can be built upon with the Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport trims, which all embody different takes on the car’s character and offer 18-inch alloy wheels and sports seats as standard.

The Sport model features a high-gloss black finish for exterior body elements in the front and rear bumpers and the kidney grille slats. Inside the car, contrasting black and red accents provide a sporting ambience with red contrast stitching on the sports steering wheel and the red trim rings in the inner circle of the instrument dials.

With the Modern model, matt chrome and satin highlight the exterior details and trim. Inside, the light-coloured dashboard, coupled with a steering wheel in dark oyster (both also available in black), creates an airy feel to the cabin. Leather upholstery in oyster or black, and a choice of four trim surfaces with accent strips in Pearl Gloss Chrome, adds to contrast of materials, while door panels in two-tone colours are available.

The Luxury model has all the exterior details in chrome, while the same finish is also used in the interior, including the frame surrounding the audio and air conditioning system. High-gloss wood strips, leather seats with contrast stitching and a choice of two upholstery variants in four classically elegant colours complete the look. The Business Media Package also comes as standard on Luxury models.

The M Sport model is available for those looking to put the emphasis firmly on sportiness. The aerodynamic package includes numerous body components such as the front apron with large air intake, the rear bumper with diffuser and the eye-catching side skirts. Other features include the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow line trim and the exclusive optional exterior paint Estoril Blue metallic; 18-inch or optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels are in the hallmark M design. Inside the car M doorsill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and Business Media Package are standard, while the driver and front passenger also have exclusive sport seats with M piping and royal blue contrast stitching. M Sport suspension is also included while the M Sport braking system with contrasting blue calipers is now optionally available.

The chassis: finely tuned dynamics for comfort and driving pleasure

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible offers an engaging, dynamic yet comfortable driving experience whether the roof is up or down. It displays an immediate road presence with its longer wheelbase and wider track – 1,545mm at the front and 1,594mm at the rear. The BMW 4 Series Convertible also sits 10mm closer to the road surface than the latest BMW 3 Series Saloon, helping to bring the car’s centre of gravity down.

The chassis of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is based on that of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé. However the springs, damping and axle characteristics have all been tailored precisely for the new convertible. The chassis engineers have made improvements to the agility and accuracy offered by the chassis thanks to the modification and fine-tuning of variables such as the camber angle, the track and the roll centre.

The front axle and suspension makes good use of aluminium to save weight, such as in the spring struts, wishbones and swivel bearings, which provide a substantial reduction in unsprung masses. Adjusting the position of the control arms from their arrangement on the latest BMW 3 Series Saloon gives the car a 19mm lower roll centre, making it more dynamic. At the rear, the car uses BMW’s proven five-link axle, and its characteristics have been tuned specially for the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, extra-wide mounts and supports on the wheel carriers for track and camber, slightly repositioned pivot points, ultra-stiff control arms and axle subframes, and the use of thrust arms to connect the suspension with the body all provide an excellent basis for a sporting set-up that doesn’t neglect driver comfort.

Servotronic power steering is standard, however Variable Sports Steering is optionally available. In keeping with its dynamic performance capability, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible comes equipped with powerful swing-calliper or fixed-calliper brakes and large, inner-vented brake discs. The callipers on the front axle are made from aluminium, which as well as contributing to low unsprung masses means superior heat tolerance, excellent wet braking performance, ease of use and excellent feel. A brake pad wear indicator and the Brake Drying function are standard on all models.

The body: intelligent lightweight design

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible’s intelligent lightweight construction concept makes a major contribution to the car’s dynamic qualities. The use of high- and ultra-high-strength multi-phase steels maximises the body’s strength. The torsional rigidity has been increased by 40 per cent compared with the predecessor model. Nevertheless, most BMW 4 Series Convertible variants are up to 20kg lighter than their predecessors, even though the new vehicle is larger and complies with more stringent safety standards.

When the hardtop is up, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible has an identical drag coefficient to the new BMW 4 Series Coupe, thanks to the optimisation of the front apron and the rear body design. The BMW Aero Curtains in the front apron generate a veil of air that reduces turbulence around the front wheels, while the new Air Breathers divert some of the air flowing through the wheel arches, thereby reducing air resistance. All these innovations serve to optimise fuel economy and improve high-speed stability.


M Sport suspension and brakes; Adaptive suspension

The M Sport suspension included on M Sport models can also be ordered separately, enhancing the dynamic handling characteristics of all variants in the model range. It consists of a firmer spring/damper set-up, stiffer anti-roll bars and tweaked suspension settings to suit the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. BMW also offers the M Sport braking system, which features aluminium fixed callipers (four-piston at the front, two-piston at the rear) and generously sized discs for extremely low weight and very short stopping distances.

Alternatively, there is the Adaptive M Sport Suspension option which adjusts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation at any given moment. The driver can also use the Drive Performance Control switch to vary the basic suspension settings between the more comfortable and the sportier ends of the scale. The switch – located on the centre console - has four modes: ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT or SPORT+ (in conjunction with the Sport or M Sport trim).

Powertrain: TwinPower technology for performance and efficiency

The state-of-the-art powertrain technology under the skin of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible ensures it delivers an engaging yet efficient driving experience. As is the BMW custom, the engines are in-line and longitudinally mounted up front, sending their power to the rear wheels. All use BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines sporty performance characteristics with exceptional efficiency, and are all EU6 compliant.

The new BMW 435i Convertible heads up the range with its straight-six petrol engine with instantaneous power delivery, refinement and efficiency. Equipped with High Precision Direct Injection and Valvetronic fully variable valve control, the 3.0-litre engine with an aluminium crankcase develops a maximum output of 306hp between 5,800 and 6,000rpm, and peak torque of 400Nm is generated from as low as 1,200rpm through to 5,000rpm. The new BMW 435i Convertible can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Even so, the average fuel consumption is from 34.9mpg and CO2 emissions from 190g/km. The car is even more economical when fitted with the optional eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox, achieving a combined fuel consumption of just 37.7mpg, while CO2 emissions are down to 176g/km.

The new BMW 428i Convertible is defined by the spirited power delivery, impressive torque, high maximum revs and low weight of its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine.  As much as 245hp is produced from 5,000–6,500rpm, and peak torque of 350Nm is available between 1,250-4,800rpm. This equates to a zero to 62mph dash in 6.4 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, while the average fuel consumption stands at just 41.5mpg, and CO2 emissions are only 159g/km. The optional eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox also opens up further potential for fuel savings: combined fuel consumption of 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of just 154g/km.

The diesel engine choice at launch is the new BMW 420d Convertible. It uses the latest-generation four-cylinder diesel engine with composite aluminium crankcase, latest-generation common-rail direct injection technology, a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and precise solenoid valve injectors, ensuring instantaneous throttle response with extremely low fuel consumption and emissions. With a maximum output of 184hp at 4,000rpm and peak torque reaching 380Nm between 1,750-2,750rpm, it’s no surprise the car can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 8.2 seconds and accelerate up to 146mph if required. Average fuel consumption stands at 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 133g/km. With the optional eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox combined fuel comsumption falls to 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions to 127g/km.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard in the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. Alternatively, customers can specify an eight-speed automatic gearbox that adjusts to a wide range of driving styles and offers manual gear changes via paddles on the steering wheel.

EfficientDynamics: saving fuel the intelligent way

Thanks to BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies the BMW 4 Series Convertible combines outstanding economy with trademark driving pleasure.Efficient petrol and diesel engines, with lightweight and innovative transmissions with reduced frictional losses, contribute to fuel savings and low emissions. Other features that improve overall economy include lightweight construction, intelligent aerodynamics, on-demand power for ancillary units and an innovative Proactive Driving Assistant that tells the driver when to ease off the accelerator upon approaching corners and speed-restricted zones.

ConnectedDrive: safety, comfort and infotainment

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible offers an unmatched combination of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services. The intelligent link-up between passengers, their vehicle and the outside world ensures unbeatable levels of on-board comfort, infotainment and safety.

New features include the next generation of the Professional Media Package - featuring a significantly greater breadth of functionality and a high-resolution, contrast-rich colour display - operated in the familiar way using the perfectly positioned iDrive Touch Controller in the centre console, for even more convenient use. There’s also the Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) service offering high quality, reliable traffic data; the latest-generation full-colour Head-up Display; Speed Limit Display; and LED headlights with glare-free High-beam Assistant.

The Active Protection safety package is now even more extensive thanks to the addition of the Attentiveness Assistant. The system’s electronics analyse driving behaviour on the basis of various on-board signals and if the system detects an increased frequency in the tell-tale signs of fatigue build-up, the Control Display prompts the driver to take a break by displaying a coffee cup symbol.
The latest-generation Professional Media Package also features a full speech recognition function and optimised voice control system to complete the portfolio of office functions offered by ConnectedDrive. Internet-based services, as well as calendar entries and text-based messages, can still be viewed in the Control Display of the iDrive operating system and read out via the Text to Speech function.

Finally, the BMW Connected app allows in-car use of innovative services like AUPEO!, web radio and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, while the My BMW Remote app can be used to lock and unlock the vehicle, for example, or to remotely operate an auxiliary heating system.

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