World Premiere: The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

by Mark Jurista on February 1, 2014, 5:59 pm
2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

Highlights of the All-New 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
  • Available at launch as a 428i ($41,225), 428i xDrive ($43,225) and 435i ($46,725). All prices include $925 destination and handling.
  • Roofline of the Gran Coupe is 4.4" longer, slopes gently to the rear and the silhouette is half an inch higher for additional headroom
  • 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe and 428i xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by BMW's 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor
  • 2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe is powered by BMW's 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six
  • First public showing is at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014
  • First United States showing is at the New York Auto Show in April 2014
  • The all-new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in US showrooms in early summer.



The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe adds a fresh dimension to one of the company's newest model ranges. It combines the sleek look and sporty character of the 4 Series Coupe with the functionality provided by four-doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in the US in early summer of 2014 with two engine choices. The 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW's award-winning 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the much-lauded 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system. All versions will be offered in the US with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014 and makes its US debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014.

Prices in the US will start at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $41,225 (including $925 destination & handling) for the 428i Gran Coupe. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $43,225, including destination & handling while the top-of-the-line 435i Gran Coupe will have an MSRP of $46,725, again, including destination & handling.

While this model shares the same length, width, wheelbase and track with the extremely dynamic two-door version, the roofline of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches (112 mm) longer and slopes gently to the rear of the vehicle. What's more, the silhouette is half an inch (12 mm) higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers. This contributes to increased headroom at all seats and the overall feeling of interior spaciousness. At the same time, the short front and rear overhangs, the long wheelbase relative to the vehicle length, and the set-back passenger compartment are typical BMW touches that add to the perfect balance of the body design and the sleek appearance of this car, which is derived conceptually from the elegant BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Elegant Coupe with the convenience of a Sedan

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

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"Taking its cue from a large BMW coupe, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe combines a dynamic and sleek silhouette with additional functionality and more spaciousness in the rear passenger compartment." Won Kyu Kang, exterior designer responsible for the BMW 4 Series.
Like the two-door version, the sporty dimensions of the 4 Series Gran Coupe are a reflection of its dynamic handling characteristics. The stretched roofline, four frameless doors and a wide, electrically operated tailgate provide the functionality of a sedan within the silhouette of a coupe. The volume of the trunk is 17 cu-ft (480 liters), based on EU measurements. The back of the rear seat can be folded down in a 40:20:40 configuration as desired to increase the load capacity to 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters). The flat floor and a two-part loading strip made of stainless steel are practical convenience elements, combined with premium materials. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can easily transport a baby stroller, two golf bags or weekend luggage for four without using the folding function.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

In contrast to a two-door coupe, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers passengers easier access when entering or leaving the vehicle thanks to the four-door configuration. The doors are frameless, having the characteristic design features of BMW midsize coupes. The wide-access tailgate blends perfectly with the overall silhouette. When closed, the precise flow of the lid seams simulates the look of a typical coupe trunk. The standard electric drives that help move the tailgate are installed vertically and require very little space. Thus the area of the rear window is much larger and provides a very good visibility, without limiting available space.

At first glance, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is an expression of dynamics and refined elegance. With a length of 182.6" (4,638 mm), a width of 71.9" (1,825mm) and a wheelbase of 110.6" (2,810mm), the four-door variant has the same dimensions as the two-door coupe. The track dimensions of both versions – 60.8" (1,545mm) front and 62.8" (1,594mm) rear – are identical and highlight the dynamic potential of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The silhouette of the four-door model is 0.5" (12mm) higher than the two-door. The stretched roofline flows gently across both rear doors and blends into the slightly raised and short rear section of the car.

Athletic, elegant and powerful from any perspective.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is instantly recognizable from classic BMW design features such as the iconic kidney grille and dual round headlight clusters. The body contours are executed with precision, with multifaceted surfaces that distinguish the eye-catching look up front. Full LED dual headlights can be ordered as an option to bolster the dynamic aura of the vehicle. The three-part, wide air intakes in the front apron emphasize this effect. The extreme left and right apron corners reveal vertical air channels for the Air Curtains. They generate a veil of air around the front wheels, enhancing the aerodynamic efficiency of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The profile is distinguished by a bold swage line and a subtle light-catching edge that create the impression of forward movement in the design of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Stretched lines and expressively contoured surfaces generate a dynamic interplay of light and shadows. The gentle slope of the roofline stretches the appearance of the sides even more and visually strengthens the presence of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The taut and smooth appearance of the side windows, with a B-pillar finished in high-gloss black that is nearly invisible, creating a homogeneous profile. The rear edge of the side glass provides a modern interpretation of the Hofmeister kink that is characteristic of BMW vehicles. This extended window surface allows more light into the interior and improves the overall visibility in the rear passenger compartment.

The rear of the car features clear horizontal lines that accentuate its athletic elegance. The taillights are positioned at the outer edges to receive the swage lines, thus serving as transitional design elements that join the body side panels with the rear section. At the same time, they highlight the wide track and powerfully flared wheel arches. When viewed from the rear, the roof of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is somewhat wider than that of the two-door version, emphasizing its unique character.

Stylish elegance and sportiness dominate in the interior.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

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"The interior of the four-door coupe unifies the seemingly contradictory character of a dynamic two-door coupe with the elegance and utility of a BMW Sedan or a BMW Gran Turismo." Tim Shih, interior designer responsible for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The interior of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe presents a stylish fusion of sporty allure and luxury. An approach known as layering – the intelligent utilization of space through the structuring of lines and surfaces into layers – expresses the hallmark BMW driver orientation without compromising the passenger experience. The stylish and functional elegance of the interior is highlighted by prominent round instruments with a black panel look and the free-standing flat-screen iDrive monitor. The cockpit and rear passenger compartment are visually joined by trim strips originating in the instrument panel and extending along the upper sections of the door panels into the rear, and embellished by dual-color window sills. The B-pillar blends into the side panel design and includes flowing graphic effects across the entire surface. The side supports and slender head restraints in the rear seat are contoured for a modern, seemingly molded one-piece look that adds to the sporty character of the 4+1 seater.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

The backrest can be folded in 40:20:40 configurations to create more luggage and storage space as required – with a flat floor for easy loading and unloading. When the seat is completely folded down, the maximum volume capacity is 45.9 cu-ft (1,300 liters), based on EU measure. If only the center segment is folded, four people can ride comfortably while transporting long and bulky items like snowboards, skis, etc. When not folded down, this middle section provides space for two cup holders. The Smart Opener function of Comfort Access is included as part of the Premium Package on US models, which automatically opens the tailgate via gesture control – namely a foot movement underneath the rear bumper when arms are full carrying groceries, packages, etc.

Exclusive: Choice of two Lines or M Sport.

The premium ambience of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe results from exclusive colors, high-quality and rich material combinations along with special equipment packages for a customized look. In addition to the standard equipment, which highlights the classic character of the vehicle, two design Lines (Sport and Luxury) as well as M Sport are available. These optional packages endow each 4 Series Gran Coupe with a particular character and identity by embellishing the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Sport and Luxury lines offer various renditions of the following elements in contrast to the basic standard equipment: appearance and color of the kidney grille and air intakes, Air Breathers and mirror covers, side window design, front and rear apron trim, door sill finishers, and an interior center stack finished in high-gloss black.

To make the strongest dynamic statement, the M Sport package is also available at model launch with special body elements, exterior colors, light-alloy wheels and interior elements.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

Sport Line: In this optional equipment line, special body elements are highlighted in black. The subtle B pillar and the nine slats in the chrome-colored kidney grille have a high-gloss black finish, whereas the side window elements are finished in matt black. The air intakes in the front spoiler and the Air Breathers in high-gloss black draw attention to the aerodynamic elements of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The sporty look is enhanced even more with 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels with a dynamic double-spoke design. The rear is also distinguished by dark elements. A black trim strip and a tailpipe embellisher finished in black chrome stand for sporty dynamics. The interior, by contrast, expresses sporty flair with red accents. For example, the inner rings of the dash instruments and contrast stitching on the steering wheel are red. This character can be highlighted further in the 4 Series Gran Coupe with additional options such as the Coral Red Dakota leather interior with red lower dashboard.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

Luxury Line: Bright chrome that highlights subtle accents contributes to the exceptionally elegant character of the vehicle. The 11 grille slats with chrome-colored fronts and the bright dual crossbar in the front apron's air intakes are very classy touches. The Air Breathers and high-gloss chrome window details add to the appealing look. Light-alloy wheels – 18-inch or 19-inch – with an intricate multi-spoke design reflect extravagance. From the rear, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be identified by the tailpipe and horizontal trim strip in the rear apron all finished in high-gloss chrome.

Chrome accents also harmonize with the luxurious interior. The enclosure surrounding the audio system and air conditioning controls, as well as the circular rings highlighting the instrumentation, are eye-catching touches. Premium leather, finely crafted with precise stitching, is available in four classic and elegant colors such as Saddle Brown as well as the new Ivory White that is exclusive to the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

2015 BMW F36 Gran Coupe

M Sport: The technology, functions and extraordinary driving dynamics that distinguish every BMW automobile are also evident in the DNA of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Of course, these can be augmented with M Sport which is available at launch. This equipment package is comprised of elements that emphasize street performance – for example, aerodynamic features like the large air intake up front, the diffuser insert in the rear bumper and rocker panel trim matching the color of the vehicle. The characteristic M styling of the 18-inch and 19-inch light-alloy wheels adds to the bold impression. Six exterior colors are offered with M Sport, including exclusive choices such as Carbon Black Metallic (which is available for the first time on any 4 Series) and Estoril Blue Metallic.

Inside the car, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver's footrest shape the sporty yet elegant ambience. The driver and front passenger can settle into the dynamic-looking and elegant sport seats upholstered in either SensaTec or supple Dakota Leather.

Technical features of this package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with calipers in contrasting blue paint finish.

Engines feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers a choice of two powerful, and efficient engines in the US featuring the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range includes the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine in the BMW 435i Gran Coupe ? as well as the light and powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the BMW 428i Gran Coupe.

The power from the engines is delivered to the rear wheels via the standard eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission. All BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe feature the Auto Start Stop function.

At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology.

The performance and torque delivered by ultramodern BMW engines is due in large part to TwinPower Turbo technology. This technology includes innovative solutions such as high-precision direct injection, a turbocharger operating according to the Twin-Scroll principle, double VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. The low-friction engines are also equipped with an aluminum crankcase. This technology package is unrivalled worldwide and combines high performance with utmost efficiency.

BMW 435i Gran Coupe: inline six-cylinder engine with bold performance, powerful torque and silken smoothness.
The large-displacement, inline six-cylinder in the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé delivers power with high-revving characteristics and extraordinary smoothness. The 3.0-liter power plant delivers 300 hp between 5,800 rpm and 6,000 rpm, thus contributing to the sovereign dynamics of the new Gran Coupe. Peak torque of 300 lb-ft is generated as low down as 1,300 rpm and remains on tap up to 5,000 rpm. The new BMW 435i Gran Coupé sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. While official US EPA numbers are not yet available for the 435i Gran Coupe, they are expected to be in line with the 435i Coupe, which is rated at 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.

BMW 428i Gran Coupe: four cylinders and the ideal balance between sportiness and efficiency.
Superior performance, spirited power development, high-revving characteristics and low weight: These are the qualities of the innovative four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 428i Gran Coupe that ensure a perfect balance between dynamic performance and efficiency. The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine combines high-revving characteristics and high-performance output with low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. The 2.0-liter engine delivers a maximum power output of 240 hp, which is reached between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm. Peak torque of 255 lb-ft is generated between 1,250 rpm and 4,800 rpm. The new BMW 428i Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Official US EPA numbers are not yet available for the 428i Gran Coupe, they are expected to be in line with the 428i Coupe, which is rated at 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway/27 mpg combined.

BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for two engine variants.
At model launch, the BMW 428i Gran Coupe can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive technology as an alternative to classic rear-wheel drive. In addition to the typical all-wheel drive benefits, such as optimal transmission of engine power to the road, outstanding traction and maximum safety, BMW xDrive reduces understeer and oversteer in curves and thus contributes to agile and precision handling, especially when entering into and accelerating out of curves. The all-wheel system even compensates for sudden load shifts with ease – drivers will immediately feel the dynamic qualities of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 435i Gran Coupe will be made available with xDrive later in the year.

Eight-speed sport Steptronic automatic standard.
Fast gear changes and outstanding shift comfort are qualities delivered by the eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission. Extra shift phases keep increases in rpm small between gear changes, and that contributes to optimal transmission of engine power in every driving situation. Numerous technological innovations and a remarkably high degree of internal efficiency ensure that fuel consumption and emissions do not rise. The intelligent management and control technology also results in extremely short shifting and response times, along with direct gear engagement.
The standard eight-speed sport Steptronic transmission also rewards drivers with a sporty, "hands-on" experience – they can rely on automatic shifting or manually change gears themselves by using shift paddles on the steering wheel. Drive Mode and Sport Mode are selected with the Driving Dynamics Control on the center console.

Elaborate suspension technology for the highest degree of comfort, typical BMW handling characteristics, steering and driving precision.
Rear-wheel drive, steering free from drivetrain influences and well-balanced 50:50 weight distribution create the ideal preconditions for dynamic performance, excellent directional stability and agile handling characteristics. A low center of gravity, a meticulously tuned suspension setup and an intelligent lightweight construction concept result in a first-class overall package that combines seemingly contradictory qualities such as maximum dynamics and outstanding riding comfort in a unique way.

The BMW 4 Series Coupe provides the basis for sporting performance.
The suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is modeled on that of the two-door model variant and has the corresponding dimensions. The wheelbase measures 110.6" (2,810mm), the track width 60.8" (1,545mm) at the front and 62.8" (1,594mm) at the rear. The rear track on xDrive variants is 62.6" (1,544mm). While the axle and elastokinematics correspond to that of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, suspension and damping were tailored exclusively to the four-door version.

Lastly, specific car body reinforcement measures and an innovative strut concept within the front and rear sections of the vehicle help to enhance steering precision and response. Nevertheless, the four-door coupe is only marginally heavier than the two-door variant and even lighter than its competitors. Consequently, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is characterized by driving dynamics, agile handling characteristics and a high level of precision. Ride comfort remains at a very high level, so the dynamic four-door presents itself as a vehicle that is completely suitable for everyday use.

Aluminum double-pivot spring-strut suspension up front.
The front suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the tried and tested double-joint spring-strut aluminum construction, which combines maximum stiffness with minimum weight and significantly reduces unsprung masses. Furthermore, a torsion bar located between the front axle support and the sill creates an overall stiffer connection between the front wheels and the vehicle. Models with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive technology feature a special combination comprising a load-bearing strut and transverse brace. An additional strut connecting the suspension domes and the bulkhead significantly enhances the stiffness of the front end. Therefore, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe responds very directly to the driver's steering inputs, resulting in sporty and agile handling and allowing the car to corner effortlessly and with the highest degree of precision.

Five-arm rear suspension for comfort and active driving.
The rear suspension of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe plays a critical role in boosting the car's dynamic ability and motoring comfort. The proven five-arm concept features extra-wide mounts and supports on the wheel carriers for track and camber, slightly repositioned pivot points, ultra-stiff control arms and axle subframes. It uses thrust arms to connect the suspension with the body. This layout provides the basis for a sporty overall set-up combined with excellent comfort characteristics. As a result, the rear suspension guarantees precise wheel guidance, maximum directional stability and exemplary ride comfort.

Servotronic as standard, variable sports steering as an option.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coup features standard Servotronic power steering. The system provides speed-sensitive power assistance and the clearly defined mapping results in sharper steering feel and feedback. The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be equipped with variable sports steering as an option. This uses different steering ratios depending on the amount of lock applied. Only a small amount of steering effort is required for maneuvering, for example, while unbeatable tracking and straightline stability at high speeds are guaranteed.

High-performance and lightweight brake system.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes equipped with powerful swing-caliper or fixed-caliper brakes and large, inner-vented brake discs. The front calipers are made of aluminum. As well as boasting low unsprung masses, the brakes also give 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.

Intelligent lightweight construction: reduced weight, maximum stability.
The weight optimization of all components significantly influences the dynamic performance of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Intelligent lightweight design, a complex bodywork construction and the innovative strut concept all provide a level of body stiffness that is on par with that of the two-door model variant. This is why the four-door Gran Coupe provides levels of agility and precision that one would expect of a BMW sports coupe. The use of high-strength and extra-high-strength multi-phase steel as well as tailored blanks – customized precision components for specific applications – maximizes the degree of stability at an optimized weight. Crucial, stiffness-enhancing components are made of micro-alloyed steel. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features torsional rigidity that matches that of the two-door model variant.

Aerodynamics: clever detail solutions for reducing consumption.
The reduction of air resistance enhances driving dynamics and reduces consumption. Optimization measures on the front apron and at the rear as well as the streamlined, smooth-surfaced underbody help the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe achieve a remarkable aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27. For example, the BMW Air Curtains in the front apron generate a veil of air that reduces turbulence – and therefore drag – around the front wheels. In order to further optimize driving dynamics, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features aerodynamically designed wheel arches and air lips positioned in front of them. The Air Breathers positioned rearwards of the front wheel arches divert some of the air flowing through the wheel arches, thereby reducing air resistance.

Adaptive suspension, M Sport suspension and M Sport brakes.
An M Sport suspension with a firmer spring/damper set-up and more robust front and rear anti-roll bars is available as an option for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and can also be ordered separately from the M Sport package. 18-inch or 19-inch M light alloys are also included in this particular case. Alternatively, customers may prefer to specify adaptive suspension – with its focused sporting set-up and electronically controlled shock absorbers – which adjusts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation at hand. BMW also offers an M Sport brake system for the new Gran Coupe. The team of aluminum fixed calipers (four-piston at the front, two-piston at the rear) and generously sized discs provide ideal preconditions for very short stopping distances.

Sportier, more comfortable or more efficient at the push of a button.
In addition to superior driving dynamics, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers a high level of motoring comfort. Using Driving Dynamics Control, the driver can change the vehicle's overall characteristic according to each driving situation or personal preference to either a sporty or comfortable setting. Accelerator pedal progression, engine response, power steering characteristics and response thresholds of DSC Dynamic Stability Control are influenced by this. The system also interacts with the Steptronic transmission and the optional Dynamic Damper Control. Drivers can select their desired mode – ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and even SPORT+. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components.

BMW EfficientDynamics: better performance, better fuel economy.
Impressive performance coupled with exemplary efficiency is based on the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, the results of which are implemented in almost all areas on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The optimized fuel economy of the engines, transmissions delivering a high level of efficiency, the intelligent lightweight construction concept, honed aerodynamics and other efficiency-enhancing technologies incorporated into the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe all help to optimize driving dynamics, while at the same time reducing consumption and emissions.

Package of measures to consistently reduce emissions and increase the pleasure of driving.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features an Auto Start Stop function to bring about additional economy advantages. Brake Energy Regeneration, which is also a standard feature, ensures that the generation of electric current for the onboard electrical systems concentrates on the overrun and braking phases. ECO PRO mode in particular helps the driver of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency. ECO PRO influences the engine control unit and the characteristic curve of the accelerator pedal. In addition, it contributes to intelligent energy and climate management. The driver is also provided with tips on how to reduce energy consumption even further for the best possible motoring efficiency.

In conjunction with the Steptronic transmission, the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe also features a coasting mode. At speeds of between 30 and 100 mph (50 and 160 km/h), in ECO PRO mode, the drivetrain is disconnected as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. As a result, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vehicle is able to 'sail' without engine power, thereby also achieving maximum fuel efficiency.

The ancillary units are also incorporated into the intelligent energy management system of the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Examples include the demand-controlled coolant pump, the map-controlled oil pump as well as electromechanical power steering, whose electric motor only uses energy when power steering is required. The same is true for the on-demand air-conditioning compressor which reduces the system's power loss to a minimum.

Intelligent lightweight construction reduces consumption.
Systematic lightweight construction plays a major part in increasing efficiency and agility. This concept is applied in all areas of development and comprises all components. The targeted utilization of plastics, state-of-the-art composites and the increased deployment of aluminum components in the manufacture of engines and suspensions have helped reduce the weight of the corresponding assembly groups. All these measures have a positive effect on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's driving dynamics.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Comfort, safety and infotainment.
The networking of driver, vehicle and the outside world with new assistance systems and information and entertainment features is increasingly enhancing safety and comfort within the vehicle. BMW was early in recognizing the significance of networking and began integrating the digital world in its cars many years ago. The BMW ConnectedDrive systems offered in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe either as standard or as an option underline the technological leadership. The extraordinarily high level of development in mobile automotive communication is reflected in the fact that even after purchasing a BMW, customers can, for a limited period of time, flexibly order and subscribe to a range of technologies and services.

Navigation System: operation with touch controller.
The latest generation of the Navigation System has a significantly greater breadth of functionality and a high-resolution, contrast-rich, color display. The graphics of the previous user interface have been completely revised and the navigation system's maps now have 3D elements. The central Control Display is operated in the familiar way using the ergonomically perfectly positioned iDrive touch controller in the center console, which now has an integral new, touch-sensitive surface and proximity sensor technology for even more convenient use. Users can use their finger to write characters or to enter destinations in the navigation system. They can now choose between using their handwriting or conventionally entering the destinations by rotating and pressing the controller.

Head-Up Display: full-color, high-resolution.
In the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, all information relevant to the driver is presented by the Head-Up Display directly in the driver's line of vision. The information from the assistance systems, the navigation system or information pertaining to speed is projected onto the windshield in a particularly brilliant resolution using the full color spectrum. The wide variety of driver assistance systems now available brings the amount of information that can be shown in the Head-Up Display to a whole new level.

Advanced Real Time Traffic Information: the smart way to avoid congestion.
The quality of traffic management depends on the quality and timeliness of traffic data available. The optional ARTTI (Advanced Real Time Traffic Information) system from BMW transmits data quickly and accurately via the mobile phone network. A SIM card integrated in the vehicle receives traffic data in real time and then calculates routes or detours instantly. ARTTI covers interstate highways and state highways as well as primary, secondary or even tertiary roads. Data is additionally obtained from local authority traffic management systems to provide precise information on traffic density. ARTTI is included with the Navigation System option in the US.

Active Driving Assistant warns the driver of potential collisions – including those involving pedestrians.
The Active Driving Assistant uses intelligently networked camera-based assistant systems and image processing to detect any people or vehicles within its field of vision. The movements of pedestrians are difficult to anticipate – they stop or suddenly change direction. Therefore, they impose much higher demands on the detection capabilities of assistant systems than vehicles driving ahead. When the system recognizes a looming risk of collision, it produces an acute audible warning and a visual signal appears in the instrument cluster or the Head-Up Display to alert the driver that he or she is drawing too close. The system ideally avoids a collision or, should worst come to worst, significantly reduces the consequences of an impact.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function: a system of many talents.
More active safety and more comfort are provided by the latest version of BMW's Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function (ACC Stop&Go). It uses the data provided by the full-range radar sensors, continuously measures the proximity of the vehicle ahead and warns the BMW driver if necessary. Active Cruise Control with automatic distance control is now available at speeds between 20 and 130 mph (30 km/h and 210 km/h).

Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning systems use sensors and camera monitoring.

Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning are convenience and safety-enhancing assistance systems. These systems employ radar sensors and use the data from the front camera to alert drivers to potential collision risks when changing lanes or if they veer out of lane unintentionally and also issue a warning when driving too close to the vehicle ahead. The Lane Departure Warning system is only available as part of the Active Driving Assistant.

Speed Limit Info: always up to date.
In conjunction with the Navigation System, Speed Limit Info helps to keep the driver informed of the speed limit for the current stretch of road. The front-mounted camera ensures that additional signs or variable overhead gantry signs are taken into account. In addition, the system is able to reliably identify and react to temporary speed limits. When the window wipers are active, the system also detects signs that are valid in wet conditions only. In conjunction with the exact onboard time, speed limits are presented which are only in force at certain times of day or night.

Improved sight at night: full LED headlights with High Beam Assistant.
The bright white light emitted by full LED headlights illuminates the road ahead with an exceptional intensity. The High Beam Assistant can also adapt to the traffic situation by switching to low beam. In conjunction with the front camera, the system reliably detects well lit stretches of road and switches to low beam when passing through cities, for example. The LED headlights with High Beam Assistant significantly increase the usage of high beam and therefore provide for better sight and increased safety when driving at night. When LED headlights are fitted, the optional fog lights are also implemented in LED technology, which further accentuates the premium character of the car's features and equipment.

Superb overview and convenient parking.
In addition to the rear view camera and PDC Park Distance Control, customers can also opt for the Surround View function with Side View and TopView, which provides a bird's eye view of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the area around it, enabling the driver to carry out precise maneuvers in tight spaces. If the car's speed is under about 12 mph (20 km/h), the Side View function can additionally be activated to allow the driver to keep an eye on cross traffic. Convenience is further enhanced by the BMW Parking Assistant system which is able to maneuver the car into parking spaces parallel to the direction of travel. Sensors detect possible parking spaces while driving by and the system perfectly maneuvers the car into the parking spot if desired. The driver controls the speed by applying the accelerator and the brake pedal as well as switch between the forward and reverse gear.

Services and apps: innovative services and infotainment in its purest form.
Due to the ever-increasing popularity of smartphones and other digital devices, Internet, apps and digital services have been an integral of everyday life for some time now. BMW ConnectedDrive offers high-performance interface technology and provides top-of-the-range infotainment and entertainment capability that enables the driver and passengers to make extensive use of external mobile phones and music players. Through the optional ConnectedDrive Services, the world of apps can be integrated into the vehicle. Browser-based BMW online applications are loaded directly into the vehicle via an embedded onboard SIM card. These applications put at the driver's disposal online services such as weather, news or office functions. Smartphone apps allow in-car use of innovative services like Stitcher, Audible, Amazon Cloud Player, Twitter or Facebook.

The latest-generation Navigation System features a full speech recognition function and an optimized voice control system to complete the portfolio of office functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive. The full speech recognition system enables drivers to dictate text freely and compose short text-based messages by voice. In addition, 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.

The all-new 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives in US showrooms in early summer.
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133 responses to World Premiere: The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Chris90 commented:
February 1, 2014, 6:09 pm

Wait, it's a 5 door hatch? I had no idea, that's awesome!

Now I want one.

HELLR0T commented:
February 1, 2014, 6:35 pm

I JUST - CANT - UNDERSTAND - why !!!...... Aaajajahb


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pony_trekker commented:
February 1, 2014, 8:09 pm

For me this is as gorgeous as Jennifler Lawrence walking up to my house naked with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle,
Chris90 commented:
February 1, 2014, 8:12 pm

Auto only? Wtf?
ktula commented:
February 1, 2014, 8:21 pm

Let the confusion begins! The 4 Series Gran Coupe is the 4-door version of the 2-door version of the 3 Series sedan. BMW might as well call this is 3 Series gt (lower case for being a smaller GT).
Jay Arras commented:
February 1, 2014, 8:26 pm

I kept looking for "manual transmission" and found no mention. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!
Porkopolis commented:
February 1, 2014, 8:27 pm

Doesn't look like a "gran coupe," but rather like the 5 Series GT.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:07 pm

Thank you God.

Dad gets his coupe again, the kids get rear doors, all is right with the world.

BJ
samualcc commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:11 pm

I hate everything about this car because that seems to be the cool thing to do.
Michael Schott commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:15 pm

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Originally Posted by samualcc View Post
I hate everything about this car because that seems to be the cool thing to do.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:20 pm

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Originally Posted by samualcc View Post
I hate everything about this car because that seems to be the cool thing to do.
M-Sport, Carbon Black exterior, Ivory White interior, Adaptive M Suspension, can't wait.

BJ
SilverX3 commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:21 pm

Geezzzbus.... Anothe fiken boring bmw.... When will they stop making instant noodles
beware_phog commented:
February 1, 2014, 9:56 pm

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Originally Posted by ktula View Post
Let the confusion begins! The 4 Series Gran Coupe is the 4-door version of the 2-door version of the 3 Series sedan. BMW might as well call this is 3 Series gt (lower case for being a smaller GT).
Yep.
SilverX3 commented:
February 1, 2014, 10:08 pm

Instant noodle bmw cars
boltjaM3s commented:
February 1, 2014, 10:54 pm

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Originally Posted by beware_phog View Post
Yep.
It's a Coupe with 4 doors. Different than a Sedan.

BJ
eric9610 commented:
February 1, 2014, 11:45 pm

i can't wait for this car. I was really feeling the 2er but this will be my next car. Coupe dimensions with 4 doors.... YES!!!!!
Laguna_e36 commented:
February 1, 2014, 11:56 pm

M4 gran coupe please!!!


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SilverX3 commented:
February 1, 2014, 11:57 pm

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Originally Posted by HELLR0T View Post
I JUST - CANT - UNDERSTAND - why !!!...... Aaajajahb


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BMW = German Hyundai

That's why
pflau commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:12 am

Good thing I did not get the 328 Gran Turismos. This looks so much better without the GT's huge ass.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 6:33 am

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Originally Posted by eric9610 View Post
i can't wait for this car. I was really feeling the 2er but this will be my next car. Coupe dimensions with 4 doors.... YES!!!!!
They are going nuts on the other forum, 4 Coupe and F30 owners going ballistic that BMW duped them into buying the wrong car.

My lease is up in 18 months, I'll get out early.

BJ
windsor027 commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:03 am

ok maybe I don't get it but I have to ask. Why?
f30jojo commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:11 am

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Originally Posted by ktula View Post
Let the confusion begins! The 4 Series Gran Coupe is the 4-door version of the 2-door version of the 3 Series sedan. BMW might as well call this is 3 Series gt (lower case for being a smaller GT).
yep... basically selling you a 328i with a 4 instead of a 3 and jacking up the price 5 or 6 grand. what's sad is this will sell extremely well OR fail miserably, no gray area here.

I still cant get over the "4 door version of a 2 door version of a car that had 4 doors in the first place....

the 6GC at least has a market for a more luxurious, better looking 5 series. this 4GC, is just a mess.
MasterYoda commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:21 am

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Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
BMW = German Hyundai

That's why
Sad very Sad


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Gary J commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:38 am

It's either a coupe or it ain't. And it ain't.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:51 am

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Originally Posted by windsor027 View Post
ok maybe I don't get it but I have to ask. Why?
Two prevailing theories:

1. Clearly there is a luxury sport segment here, low-slung Coupe styling + the practicality of 4 doors, Mercedes been doing it for years, the 6 joining the party a few years back, now instead of $80,000 it'll only set you back $55,000. 50 year old dad lusts after a Coupe, has a bunch of kids, finally he gets the best of both worlds.

2. Remember how we all asked how Mercedes could develop the CLA Sedan while all BMW could do was muster a cheaper F30 320i Sedan to compete? Well, it's looking like the 2016 BMW roadmap might be that the 3 Series Sedan is the downmarket CLA competitor and the 4 Series Sedan is the upmarket C competitor.

BJ
boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 7:53 am

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
yep... basically selling you a 328i with a 4 instead of a 3 and jacking up the price 5 or 6 grand. what's sad is this will sell extremely well OR fail miserably, no gray area here.

I still cant get over the "4 door version of a 2 door version of a car that had 4 doors in the first place....

the 6GC at least has a market for a more luxurious, better looking 5 series. this 4GC, is just a mess.
It's only $3,000 more than an F30. For those who can afford the properly configured F30 at $50,000, it's the same price as adding another 'line' to the car, a mere bag of shells.

BJ
Chris90 commented:
February 2, 2014, 8:19 am

It's a hatch, that will make some buy it over a sedan.

Do you get anything else for the $3k premium?
Saintor commented:
February 2, 2014, 9:28 am

Better head lights.
Better tail lights.
Better profile.
More Euro-pulence.

What's not to like? (except a manual transmission).
beden1 commented:
February 2, 2014, 9:45 am

Something is bothering me about the hood. It looks even more bulbous?
SamS commented:
February 2, 2014, 9:54 am

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post

Do you get anything else for the $3k premium?
The better (IMO) front/rear styling of the coupe, including the option for full LED headlights, the option for Individual paint/interior available for the 4er line.
Mark K commented:
February 2, 2014, 10:16 am

Wow! Stunner, no doubt about it. I wonder why did BMW decide to release 3 series sedan after the 3 series coupe was revealed this time around?

boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 10:25 am

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
It's a hatch, that will make some buy it over a sedan.

Do you get anything else for the $3k premium?
Electric up/down hatch, exclusive paint/leather, and everything the 4 Series provides like lower center of gravity, wider stance, better handling, all the body stuff, etc.

But let's not fool ourselves here- you pay $3,000 for a sexier profile.

BJ
piredon commented:
February 2, 2014, 10:32 am

I'm in! Woulda bought one of these instead of my 535 if they were available this past fall. Disappearing hatchback is a giant plus (unlike the 3 GT, where it's painfully obvious).

Just 33 months left on my lease
mawana commented:
February 2, 2014, 10:34 am

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M4 gran coupe please!!!


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I thought this is what they were going to offer after the M6 Gran Coupe!

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Originally Posted by ktula View Post
Let the confusion begins! The 4 Series Gran Coupe is the 4-door version of the 2-door version of the 3 Series sedan. BMW might as well call this is 3 Series gt (lower case for being a smaller GT).
Something says to me this was the original plan had it not been for the hugely disappointing sales of the 5 Series GT. I think the market spoke and they duly responded with a name change.

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I JUST - CANT - UNDERSTAND - why !!!...... Aaajajahb


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bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 10:35 am

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Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
Wow! Stunner, no doubt about it. I wonder why did BMW decide to release 4 series sedan after the 4 series coupe was revealed this time around?

There Mark. I fix it for you.
MikeAmmo commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:02 am

I hope this triggers some early F30 trade ins so I can take advantage on the pre owned market.
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:05 am

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Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
Something is bothering me about the hood. It looks even more bulbous?
It looks better than F30.
Chris90 commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:13 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
Electric up/down hatch, exclusive paint/leather, and everything the 4 Series provides like lower center of gravity, wider stance, better handling, all the body stuff, etc.

But let's not fool ourselves here- you pay $3,000 for a sexier profile.

BJ
I think it's worth it.

BMW must have developed a modular factory line like VW's MQB, that allows them to cheaply make variants of cars. Makes me wonder if they're able to get around the Fed crash test requirements, so they don't have to crash test dozens of each variant.

In the past it would be way too expensive to sell so many models in the US, something must have changed.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:35 am

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Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
I think it's worth it.

BMW must have developed a modular factory line like VW's MQB, that allows them to cheaply make variants of cars. Makes me wonder if they're able to get around the Fed crash test requirements, so they don't have to crash test dozens of each variant.

In the past it would be way too expensive to sell so many models in the US, something must have changed.
Very possible, it's clear that BMW is spending a lot of money diversifying their lineup.

Agree that the $3,000 is worth it, very excited about this car.

BJ
sf_loft commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:37 am

I think it looks very nice and should have been the original design of the 3 series. Those who ask "why?" don't want to admit that they like it better than their 3 series sedan. If they came out with this at the start and created an M4 GC, I may have considered it over the M5. For the added $3k or so difference, they should have upgraded the interior similar to the difference between the 5 and 6 series.
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:41 am

Will someone confirms 4 GC is riding on 3GT's elongated chassis? Curious.
sf_loft commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:42 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
Will someone confirms 4 GC is riding on 3GT's elongated chassis? Curious.
It's on the 4 series chassis since the dimensions are identical to the coupe.
TangoRed commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:44 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
Will someone confirms 4 GC is riding on 3GT's elongated chassis? Curious.
It's not. Sometimes I wish it was, because I think the added length would've allowed for a sexier roofline.
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:45 am

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Originally Posted by sf_loft View Post
It's on the 4 series chassis since the dimensions are identical to the coupe.
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Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
It's not. Sometimes I wish it was, because I think the added length would've allowed for a sexier roofline.
Ok my bad. I think there is an article out there a few weeks ago writing 4GC is about 4 inches or so longer. I maybe getting it confuse with 3 GT.
beden1 commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:47 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
It looks better than F30.
Maybe you're right, but I think it will depend on the color. BJ posted pictures in another thread showing it in black. In those pictures, the hood does look smoothed out and better integrated as compared to the F30.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:48 am

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Originally Posted by sf_loft View Post
It's on the 4 series chassis since the dimensions are identical to the coupe.


BJ
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:52 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


BJ
Nice.

Riding wider & lower. I can't wait to test drive one locally.
eric9610 commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:53 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
Ok my bad. I think there is an article out there a few weeks ago writing 4GC is about 4 inches or so longer. I maybe getting it confuse with 3 GT.
The big reason everyone wants this car is because the dimensions are identical to the Coupe and you get 4 doors and an awesome auto hatch! The 4" in the article refers to the roofline, this was done to allow for doors in the back. If you look at the size of the car it is the same as the coupe. This car is going to drive and perform so well! I have driven the 3GT and would not take it over the sedan.
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 12:40 pm

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Originally Posted by beden1 View Post
Maybe you're right, but I think it will depend on the color. BJ posted pictures in another thread showing it in black. In those pictures, the hood does look smoothed out and better integrated as compared to the F30.
I hate to say this but 4GC will overshadow LCI F30.
bayoucity commented:
February 2, 2014, 12:42 pm

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Originally Posted by eric9610 View Post
The big reason everyone wants this car is because the dimensions are identical to the Coupe and you get 4 doors and an awesome auto hatch! The 4" in the article refers to the roofline, this was done to allow for doors in the back. If you look at the size of the car it is the same as the coupe. This car is going to drive and perform so well! I have driven the 3GT and would not take it over the sedan.
It's great that RWD 4GC is available from day one vs. xDrive only 3GT.
IndyMike commented:
February 2, 2014, 12:48 pm

Great, another land barge added to the fleet. I knew something was surely missing. Unfortunately, no stick.......no sail.
mawana commented:
February 2, 2014, 12:52 pm

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Originally Posted by IndyMike View Post
Great, another land barge added to the fleet. I knew something was surely missing. Unfortunately, no stick.......no sail.
I don't like it either but makes sense really! Look at the target market of that particular car - I can assure you very few can manipulate an MT...
minn19 commented:
February 2, 2014, 12:56 pm

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Originally Posted by IndyMike View Post
Great, another land barge added to the fleet. I knew something was surely missing. Unfortunately, no stick.......no sail.
While I wouldn't go as far as calling it a land barge...I am very interested to see if they come out with a 2GC as I would like a little smaller nimbler car. That being said, I do really like what they have done with the 4GC and might be my next car in a couple of years. Msport 435i GC, hell yeah! :thumb up: That would be one hell of a fun, practical daily driver family car.
shazi00 commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:14 pm

Talk about Model SPAM.

I like the hatchback part of this gran coupe. Doesn't make too much sense if there's already a 4 door 3 series but maybe it might either be the 2 series, this or Q5 as my next ride when thr lease is up.

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beware_phog commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:15 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


BJ
Isn't it priced the same as the 4-series coupe (remember when we could say 4-series and everyone knew we were talking coupe?) or am I missing something?
MikeAmmo commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:25 pm

I love the look of the 4 Series GC, personally. That being said I doubt most people will notice a difference in appearance.

I wonder what kind of impact the 4GC will have on the 3-series, if any. I could see it driving the average cost paid down because many would go for the more attractive 4GC.

Then again most BMW owners are lease hunters who go for the basic "320 or 328i xDrive w/ premium package and heated seats" so who knows if the 4GC will be a hit or not. I'm betting it will based on looks alone. Could see the small premium being just enough to push it over the top compared to the 3-Series.
IndyMike commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:41 pm

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Originally Posted by mawana View Post
I don't like it either but makes sense really!
I suppose you're right. The only thing missing is a 3 Gran Sedan for those that prefer the design and look of the 3 series, but really only want two doors.
SamS commented:
February 2, 2014, 1:43 pm

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Originally Posted by minn19 View Post
While I wouldn't go as far as calling it a land barge...I am very interested to see if they come out with a 2GC as I would like a little smaller nimbler car. That being said, I do really like what they have done with the 4GC and might be my next car in a couple of years. Msport 435i GC, hell yeah! :thumb up: That would be one hell of a fun, practical daily driver family car.
Yep. And the hatch adds great flexibility, IMO.
skier commented:
February 2, 2014, 2:50 pm

Now I can't wait for M4 GC.
Mark K commented:
February 2, 2014, 3:13 pm

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
There Mark. I fix it for you.
Oh, no, it wasn't a typo, it was VERY much intentional
sr5959 commented:
February 2, 2014, 3:22 pm

Really like this and only 12 months left on my current lease. This time I've learnt my lesson will order one specced out exactly as I want not take one off the lot!


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sr5959 commented:
February 2, 2014, 3:24 pm

Always missed the electrically opening/closing hatch of the Lexus Rx I traded in for my F30 so this car fixes that!


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dunderhi commented:
February 2, 2014, 5:17 pm

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Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
Wow! Stunner, no doubt about it. I wonder why did BMW decide to release 3 series sedan after the 3 series coupe was revealed this time around?

+3
brosher commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:40 pm

So is rear legroom equivalent to the f30 sedan?
m8o commented:
February 2, 2014, 11:49 pm

Anybody know what "based on EU measurements" means in "The volume of the trunk is 17 cu-ft (480 liters), based on EU measurements"?

Does that mean they include the space above the rear deck, obscuring visibility out the rear window, while the US measurements may not?

I've read countless F30 owners state their skepticism regarding it's cargo capacity and I'm trying to understand what's behind that, to gauge the possibility of this car's measurement being accurate.
skywalker27617 commented:
February 3, 2014, 11:32 am

Does anyone know when you can order the 4 GC? I assume toward end of the summer since it is 2015 model.
I have mid May ED of 435I and I really like the GC and may want to switch if already available.
hotrod2448 commented:
February 3, 2014, 12:51 pm

BMW's new naming convention is making perfect sense now...
Coupes even, Sedans odd... except for you X6...
and you 6 Gran Coupe...
And now you 4 Gran Coupe...
and I'm not even sure what to say about the 3GT and 5GT whose purpose is a bit unclear now that we have these other variants of cars that are much better looking.

Let me guess what's next, 2 door versions of the sedans but, they are boxier than the even numbered coupes.
f30jojo commented:
February 3, 2014, 12:57 pm

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Originally Posted by hotrod2448 View Post
BMW's new naming convention is making perfect sense now...
Coupes even, Sedans odd... except for you X6...
and you 6 Gran Coupe...
And now you 4 Gran Coupe...
and I'm not even sure what to say about the 3GT and 5GT whose purpose is a bit unclear now that we have these other variants of cars that are much better looking.

Let me guess what's next, 2 door versions of the sedans but, they are boxier than the even numbered coupes.
not quite lol mark my words... i fear we will soon see a 4door "gran coupe" convertable.
hotrod2448 commented:
February 3, 2014, 1:12 pm

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
not quite lol mark my words... i fear we will soon see a 4door "gran coupe" convertable.
If it has suicide doors, I'm totally in.
bayoucity commented:
February 3, 2014, 1:17 pm

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Originally Posted by skywalker27617 View Post
Does anyone know when you can order the 4 GC? I assume toward end of the summer since it is 2015 model.
I have mid May ED of 435I and I really like the GC and may want to switch if already available.
If you timeframe is fixed around mid-May then you are probably out of luck. BMW usually don't open up ED slots until the model has been available locally for at least 1-2 months.
AJ330CI commented:
February 3, 2014, 1:20 pm

ugly, that was not necessary. So what would an M4 GC look like!!!
Hangman4358 commented:
February 3, 2014, 2:02 pm

Compared to the roof line of the 3 which looks like the rear end of a tight and toned 20 something in yoga pants, the roof of the 4GC looks like the mother of the girl-nextdoor in mom jeans, overweight and ill fitting...
DannyP commented:
February 3, 2014, 3:03 pm

I have mixed feeling about this.

I want it to be a sports car
I want it to be a sedan
hatchback please
I want it

Oh wait its all of them?

/done
coolhydro commented:
February 3, 2014, 3:11 pm

$6k more for what? the low rise swooping roof ? Comon!
I would rather get a 335i instead of a 428i GC.

I would be amused to see who buys this!
sjd980002 commented:
February 3, 2014, 3:57 pm

No MT. WTF?
boltjaM3s commented:
February 3, 2014, 5:41 pm

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Originally Posted by coolhydro View Post
$6k more for what? the low rise swooping roof ? Comon!
I would rather get a 335i instead of a 428i GC.

I would be amused to see who buys this!
It's only $3,000, not a lot of money for someone who can afford a new BMW.

Are you amused by those who pay $3,000 for the M-Sport package? Same thing.

BJ
Hangman4358 commented:
February 3, 2014, 5:46 pm

I really would not call it a hatchback. A golf is a hatchback. A 1 series 3 door is a hatchback.
Gary J commented:
February 3, 2014, 5:46 pm

If he actually read this thread he would think it hilarious!
Saintor commented:
February 3, 2014, 6:53 pm

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Originally Posted by Hangman4358 View Post
I really would not call it a hatchback. A golf is a hatchback. A 1 series 3 door is a hatchback.
Toyota used the term "liftback"" in the 70s'.
jjcruiser commented:
February 3, 2014, 7:01 pm

I saw this on BMW's twitter feed the other day and I thought it was a joke. It looks very nice but even more duplicative. It's like the 3 series GT's prettier sister. Why didn't they just release this as the LCI for the 3 sedan or replace that monstrosity of a 3GT?

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Originally Posted by sjd980002 View Post
No MT. WTF?
Sadly I think MTs are on the way out. All of us who are obsessed with them better order them now and baby the car for the next forty years.
Hangman4358 commented:
February 3, 2014, 7:06 pm

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Originally Posted by jjcruiser View Post
I saw this on BMW's twitter feed the other day and I thought it was a joke. It looks very nice but even more duplicative. It's like the 3 series GT's prettier sister. Why didn't they just release this as the LCI for the 3 sedan or replace that monstrosity of a 3GT?



Sadly I think MTs are on the way out. All of us who are obsessed with them better order them now and baby the car for the next forty years.
From a driving standpoint an MT is fun. From an engineering standpoint they are plain boring. I would love to see bmw design a CVT like the Benneton f1 team tested at the end of the 94 season. If a well designed CVT from 20 years ago can make an f1 car go 2 seconds a lap faster think about what modern tech can do when it's not strapped to a hybrid.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 3, 2014, 7:22 pm

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Originally Posted by Hangman4358 View Post
I really would not call it a hatchback. A golf is a hatchback. A 1 series 3 door is a hatchback.
The point here is that it doesn't matter how the rear is opened or how it is designed. It looks like a regular trunk on the back of a sleek coupe. The fact that it opens wide and makes it easy to access and is motorized is a bonus.

The 4CG is not a "hatchback". It's a Sports Coupe with two bonus doors and a unique trunk mechanism.

BJ
TangoRed commented:
February 3, 2014, 8:28 pm

LOL. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound? It's a hatchback. So is the Audi A7. So is this Mazda6 that wasn't sold in the US:



You don't have to take the word hatchback in a derogatory way you know.
Chris90 commented:
February 3, 2014, 8:39 pm

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Originally Posted by Hangman4358 View Post
From a driving standpoint an MT is fun. From an engineering standpoint they are plain boring. I would love to see bmw design a CVT like the Benneton f1 team tested at the end of the 94 season. If a well designed CVT from 20 years ago can make an f1 car go 2 seconds a lap faster think about what modern tech can do when it's not strapped to a hybrid.
New WRX has a sport CVT, it's nothing special.
captainaudio commented:
February 3, 2014, 8:41 pm

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Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
LOL. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound? It's a hatchback. So is the Audi A7. So is this Mazda6 that wasn't sold in the US:



You don't have to take the word hatchback in a derogatory way you know.
The Jaguar XK is a sports coupe and it is also a hatchback.
dunderhi commented:
February 3, 2014, 8:52 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
The Jaguar XK is a sports coupe and it is also a hatchback.
I think that is an F-Type, but your point us made none the less.

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bayoucity commented:
February 3, 2014, 9:05 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
The Jaguar XK is a sports coupe and it is also a hatchback.
I guess that applies to Cayman, right?

captainaudio commented:
February 3, 2014, 9:13 pm

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
I guess that applies to Cayman, right?
And the Aston Martin Rapide (which could also be considered a four door coupe)


mopjude commented:
February 3, 2014, 9:16 pm

This is a direct competition to the Audi A5 Sports-back....Granted it's not for everyone...IMHO I welcome this addition to the BMW Line-up....Definitely a future owner down the road...
Clepto commented:
February 3, 2014, 9:48 pm

Once the f30 lease is up, could totally see myself buying this instead of leasing. I'm in the same boat as BJ, I want a coupe but having kids + 2drs is so not worth it until they're out of car seats.


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boltjaM3s commented:
February 3, 2014, 10:59 pm

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Originally Posted by Clepto View Post
Once the f30 lease is up, could totally see myself buying this instead of leasing. I'm in the same boat as BJ, I want a coupe but having kids + 2drs is so not worth it until they're out of car seats.


Lower, wider, low-slung greenhouse, yummy.

BJ
f30jojo commented:
February 4, 2014, 6:08 am

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Originally Posted by coolhydro View Post
$6k more for what? the low rise swooping roof ? Comon!
I would rather get a 335i instead of a 428i GC.

I would be amused to see who buys this!
People with more money than sense.
hotrod2448 commented:
February 4, 2014, 6:59 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


Lower, wider, low-slung greenhouse, yummy.

BJ
Looking at them here the 4GC definitely look better but, really makes me ask "Why is the 4GC not the standard 3 sedan?" They look similar enough that it just seems like they phoned it in on the 3er and added a model for no real reason other to charge a premium for it.
bayoucity commented:
February 4, 2014, 7:32 am

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Originally Posted by hotrod2448 View Post
Looking at them here the 4GC definitely look better but, really makes me ask "Why is the 4GC not the standard 3 sedan?" They look similar enough that it just seems like they phoned it in on the 3er and added a model for no real reason other to charge a premium for it.
By the same token, why is A5 Sportback not the default A4 sedan? Every company has to make profit to survive by charging premium. I don't blame BMW.
jlukja commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:18 am

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post


Lower, wider, low-slung greenhouse, yummy.

BJ
Is the GC in fact lower? The pics make it look like it sits higher off the ground than the 3.
Chris90 commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:28 am

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Originally Posted by jlukja View Post
Is the GC in fact lower? The pics make it look like it sits higher off the ground than the 3.
The body is lower, the wheel gap is probably the same.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 4, 2014, 3:27 pm

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Originally Posted by hotrod2448 View Post
Looking at them here the 4GC definitely look better but, really makes me ask "Why is the 4GC not the standard 3 sedan?" They look similar enough that it just seems like they phoned it in on the 3er and added a model for no real reason other to charge a premium for it.
Grassy Knoll Conspiracy Theory #27:

BMW knew the Mercedes CTA was coming so they made the F30 as the downmarket competitor to that vehicle, released the 'true' next-gen 3 Series as the 4 Series GC.

BJ
sridario commented:
February 4, 2014, 3:43 pm

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Toyota used the term "liftback"" in the 70s'.
Indeed, my first car was a 1981 Toyota Corona LE Liftback. RWD and a 2.4L 4-cyl. Nice car for its day, and it lasted for 21 years on the road!

The hatch design is eminently practical while avoiding the wagon look that many Americans seem averse to.

I wonder if the 4GC will attract former SAAB fans?
shazi00 commented:
February 4, 2014, 4:04 pm

When I saw the 4 series I felt like it was missing a little lower side skirt or bumpers. I think the 3 has lower side skirts n bumpers as if they stretch down a little more.


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EC7 commented:
February 4, 2014, 5:46 pm

I think BMW did a good job with the 4GC, just as good as Audi’s execution of A5 sportback and A7. While it may look very similar to other existing products like the 3 sedan and 3GT, I think the 4GC exhibits its own uniqueness upon close observation.

BMW clearly wanted to come up with a direct competitor to the Audi A5 Sportback – a sleek looking 4 door coupe with a hatch. Unfortunately the 3GT is more of a bulky, raised, cross-over, even more so now that its slimmer, more attractive sibling has arrived.

Looking at the photo, the extended roofline is enough to distinguish it from the 3 sedan. However, I think the designers had to leave the ‘tail’ in order to preserve the ‘BMW-ness’ in the cars appearance. Hence, it looks like a 3 sedan at a quick glance. If the ‘tail’ was eliminated, it would have looked like a direct copy of an A5 Sportback, A7, or even a Panamera.

 photo 4GC.jpg

Naming it ‘Gran Coupe’ must have set the wrong expectation, because ‘Sportback’ I think is more appropriate. I would stick with ‘Gran Coupe’ though.
Gary J commented:
February 4, 2014, 6:50 pm

Action!
quackbury commented:
February 4, 2014, 9:53 pm

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Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
Geezzzbus.... Anothe fiken boring bmw.... When will they stop making instant noodles
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Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
Instant noodle bmw cars
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Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
BMW = German Hyundai

That's why
Give it a rest. You don't like it and you are entitled to your opinion. But you don't need to keep posting the same boring drivel over and over again. We are no more impressed by your witty repartee than we are with your user name (arguably the worst-handling and least-BMW vehicle to ever wear the roundel), your avatar (a TV actor from another continent, who starred in a TV show that likely went out of production before you were born) or your choice of vehicles (you certainly have a penchant for driving the smallest, most underpowered Bimmers available, don't you?)

Seriously. Enough.
quackbury commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:01 pm

I love the 4GC. To my mind, it fixes much of what is "wrong" with the F30 - a generic, mass market ride that has lost some of the essential BMW DNA and targets conquest buyers more than the faithful. I really wanted to like the 3GT - and wound up buying an F31 - so I wouldn't just blend in with the crowd of Executive Assistants and Assistant Vice Presidents that seem to flock to the sedan. The 4GC is distinctive, sexy, and gets my juices flowing like none of its non-M siblings can.

Make mine a 435 MSport with mechanical suspension, M brakes, individual composition, ventilated Nappa seats, Piano Black trim and a Bang & Olufson sound system. A ride as distinctive as an M3, at the price point of a 528. Me want.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:17 pm

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Originally Posted by quackbury View Post

I really wanted to like the 3GT - and wound up buying an F31 - so I wouldn't just blend in with the crowd of Executive Assistants and Assistant Vice Presidents that seem to flock to the sedan.
As an Executive Vice President, I find this hurtful.

We have feelings too, you know.

BJ
quackbury commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:19 pm

Warm fuzzy corporate America? Not a chance.

Besides, I may have hurt the feelings of the Assistant VP's who report to you, and the Executive Assistants who report to them, but you should be above that.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:38 pm

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Warm fuzzy corporate America? Not a chance.

Besides, I may have hurt the feelings of the Assistant VP's who report to you, and the Executive Assistants who report to them, but you should be above that.
Have your girl call my girl and fax over an apology and we'll be all set.

BJ
quackbury commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:40 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
Have your girl call my girl and fax over an apology and we'll be all set.

BJ
My girl will hand deliver it. Please meet the Gulfstream at the airport with a suitable ride; 760i or Tesla at a minimum. Better not bring the Bugatti, or she may not want to come back home.
donquixotesque commented:
February 4, 2014, 10:59 pm

Blown away! This would be #1 on my list for F30 replacement if it had a stick option.

Does anyone know why BMW is doing away with the MT in some of the models?
quackbury commented:
February 4, 2014, 11:04 pm

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Originally Posted by donquixotesque View Post
Does anyone know why BMW is doing away with the MT in some of the models?
Wild guess: for the same reason you can't get an F31 wagon with RWD or the 6: probably costs too much to certify a low volume vehicle with CARB and the EPA. They will sell enough A/T's and SAT's to justify the expense, but not 6MT's.

Course that doesn't explain why you can get a 335GT with the 6MT. Maybe they over-estimated the demand for the 3GT.
tturedraider commented:
February 5, 2014, 4:46 pm

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
yep... basically selling you a 328i with a 4 instead of a 3 and jacking up the price 5 or 6 grand. what's sad is this will sell extremely well OR fail miserably, no gray area here.

I still cant get over the "4 door version of a 2 door version of a car that had 4 doors in the first place....

the 6GC at least has a market for a more luxurious, better looking 5 series. this 4GC, is just a mess.
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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
It's only $3,000 more than an F30. For those who can afford the properly configured F30 at $50,000, it's the same price as adding another 'line' to the car, a mere bag of shells.

BJ
"Available at launch as a 428i ($41,225), 428i xDrive ($43,225) and 435i ($46,725). All prices include $925 destination and handling."

$200 less than a 428i coupe; $2,100 more than a 328i sedan with xenon headlights, which are standard on the 428.

$200 less than a 435i coupe; $2400 more than a 335i sedan.

The 4ers also include the sport automatic as standard equipment, even on the base line, which is a $500 option on the 3ers and is only available on the Sport line and M Sport.
boltjaM3s commented:
February 5, 2014, 7:48 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
"Available at launch as a 428i ($41,225), 428i xDrive ($43,225) and 435i ($46,725). All prices include $925 destination and handling."

$200 less than a 428i coupe; $2,100 more than a 328i sedan with xenon headlights, which are standard on the 428.

$200 less than a 435i coupe; $2400 more than a 335i sedan.

The 4ers also include the sport automatic as standard equipment, even on the base line, which is a $500 option on the 3ers and is only available on the Sport line and M Sport.
Sweet.

Just another $2,100 down at signing and the wife will never see the monthly payment go up a tic.

BJ
fabiani commented:
February 5, 2014, 9:00 pm

As others have said, no stick. So sad.


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bayoucity commented:
February 5, 2014, 9:41 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
"Available at launch as a 428i ($41,225), 428i xDrive ($43,225) and 435i ($46,725). All prices include $925 destination and handling."

$200 less than a 428i coupe; $2,100 more than a 328i sedan with xenon headlights, which are standard on the 428.

$200 less than a 435i coupe; $2400 more than a 335i sedan.

The 4ers also include the sport automatic as standard equipment, even on the base line, which is a $500 option on the 3ers and is only available on the Sport line and M Sport.
Lower center of gravity + frameless windows. Priceless.
smilingjudy commented:
February 5, 2014, 11:56 pm

I am absolutely in love with this thing. Finally, they're building something i want to buy. I was having such a hard time deciding which model to buy this year. Now I realize it's because nothing satisfied everything I want (minus a MT, but I've accepted that). Will be first in line.


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TXSTYLE commented:
February 6, 2014, 12:31 am

Sexy.

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tlm999 commented:
February 6, 2014, 9:37 am

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Originally Posted by smilingjudy View Post
I am absolutely in love with this thing. Finally, they're building something i want to buy. I was having such a hard time deciding which model to buy this year. Now I realize it's because nothing satisfied everything I want (minus a MT, but I've accepted that). Will be first in line.
Sorry, but I'm already in line.
f30jojo commented:
February 6, 2014, 9:46 am

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Originally Posted by TXSTYLE View Post
Sexy.

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What wheels are those on your 7??
TXSTYLE commented:
February 6, 2014, 12:23 pm

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
What wheels are those on your 7??
Thanks!

Vossen CV4

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Beemerup commented:
February 6, 2014, 2:17 pm

Will there be a 435 M Coupe?
boltjaM3s commented:
February 6, 2014, 4:42 pm

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Originally Posted by Beemerup View Post
Will there be a 435 M Coupe?
There are no plans to make a Coupe version of the Gran Coupe.

BJ
quackbury commented:
February 6, 2014, 5:20 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
BMW has not yet announced plans to make a Coupe version of the Gran Coupe, a coupe version of the GT, an SAV version of the 4 series convertible, a 4 series pickup, or an Active Hybrid version of the sedan powered by a mixture of dirt and toothpaste. Industry watchers expect a major announcement at the Chicago Auto Show, which may include one or all of the above.

BJ
Fixed
captainaudio commented:
February 6, 2014, 5:34 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s and fixed by Quackbury
BMW has not yet announced plans to make a Coupe version of the Gran Coupe, a coupe version of the GT, an SAV version of the 4 series convertible, a 4 series pickup, or an Active Hybrid version of the sedan powered by a mixture of dirt and toothpaste. Industry watchers expect a major announcement at the Chicago Auto Show, which may include one or all of the above but is most likely to include a 3 Series Coupe.



BJ




More fixed.




quackbury commented:
February 6, 2014, 6:01 pm

That's a Photoshop of the prototype with the camo removed. Here's the production version:
shazi00 commented:
February 6, 2014, 6:19 pm

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Originally Posted by quackbury View Post
I love the 4GC. To my mind, it fixes much of what is "wrong" with the F30 - a generic, mass market ride that has lost some of the essential BMW DNA and targets conquest buyers more than the faithful. I really wanted to like the 3GT - and wound up buying an F31 - so I wouldn't just blend in with the crowd of Executive Assistants and Assistant Vice Presidents that seem to flock to the sedan. The 4GC is distinctive, sexy, and gets my juices flowing like none of its non-M siblings can.

Make mine a 435 MSport with mechanical suspension, M brakes, individual composition, ventilated Nappa seats, Piano Black trim and a Bang & Olufson sound system. A ride as distinctive as an M3, at the price point of a 528. Me want.
When I bought my 3 in July 2013. There was no 4 series ordering available. Plus the price difference was a little higher according to the forums.

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Squiddie commented:
April 17, 2014, 9:19 am

I will need a couple days to swallow the fact that this is a 5-door.

I was quite interested to make this a new buy.
boltjaM3s commented:
April 17, 2014, 3:25 pm

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Originally Posted by Squiddie View Post
I will need a couple days to swallow the fact that this is a 5-door.

I was quite interested to make this a new buy.
It's a 5 door that looks like a 2 door with a trunk. It's magic.

Don't hesitate.

BJ
smilingjudy commented:
April 17, 2014, 4:30 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
It's a 5 door that looks like a 2 door with a trunk. It's magic.

Don't hesitate.

BJ
Love that. It IS magic.

Can't believe I'm still all alone in the order queue.....
ifoney commented:
April 17, 2014, 6:45 pm

My 3 series sedan looks cooler, thanks
Squiddie commented:
April 17, 2014, 6:49 pm

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
It's a 5 door that looks like a 2 door with a trunk. It's magic.

Don't hesitate.
I want a real trunk for the theft protection.
hedges1 commented:
April 17, 2014, 7:22 pm

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Originally Posted by smilingjudy View Post
Love that. It IS magic.

Can't believe I'm still all alone in the order queue.....
Give me a few days.

I'm on my way now to NYC to see this sucker in the flesh. Have to MAKE SURE it's going to fit the family requirements in every way before I start shopping the deal.

Anything you guys need/want to know that hasn't been covered by the auto rags?
captainaudio commented:
April 17, 2014, 9:29 pm

Its a damn hatchback (Not that there's anything wrong with that.




Get over it. Its a great car.

CA
Squiddie commented:
April 17, 2014, 10:06 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Its a damn hatchback (Not that there's anything wrong with that.




Get over it. Its a great car.
But my life... is .... ruined.
boltjaM3s commented:
April 17, 2014, 10:42 pm

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Originally Posted by smilingjudy View Post
Love that. It IS magic.

Can't believe I'm still all alone in the order queue.....
You're alone in the order queue only because I'm $5,000 upside down on my F30 lease if I make the move to the 4 Gran Coupe today.

I'm really rich, so perhaps I'll just let it burn and join you. I'll be sitting in one by 11:00 AM tomorrow in Manhattan, I might not be able to resist the urge anymore.

BJ