BMW 4 Series (F32)

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BMW 4 Series (F32)
BMW 428i (16806790116).jpg
BMW 428i coupé
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production July 2013–present
Model years 2014–present
Assembly F32: Munich, Germany
F33: Regensburg, Germany
F36: Dingolfing, Germany
Designer Won Kyu Kang (concept)[1]
Nicolas Huet (2010)[2]
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level luxury car (D)
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible (F33)
4-door fastback (F36)
Layout FR layout,
F4 layout (xDrive models)
Related BMW F30
Powertrain
Engine Petrol:
2.0 L N20/B48 I4 turbo
3.0 L N55/B58 I6 turbo
Diesel:
2.0 L N47/B47 I4 turbo
3.0 L N57 I6 turbo
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,810 mm (110.6 in)
Length 4,641 mm (182.7 in)
Width 1,826 mm (71.9 in)
Height 1,362 mm (53.6 in)
Chronology
Predecessor E92/E93 3 Series

The BMW F32/F33/F36 series is the first generation of the BMW 4 Series range of entry-level luxury cars. It was launched in 2014 as the successor to the E92/E93 coupe/convertible models of the fifth-generation 3 Series range. The F32/F33/F36 is produced alongside - and shares many features with - the F30 3 Series. The body styles of the first generation 4 Series range are:

  • 2-door coupe (F32 model code)
  • 2-door convertible (F33 model code)
  • 4-door sedan (F36 model code, marketed as "4 Series Gran Coupe")

As per the F30 3 Series range, the F32/F33/F36 is powered by turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with 3 cylinders (petrol only), 4 cylinders and 6 cylinders.

The F82/F83 M4 models were introduced in 2014. They are powered by the S55 turbocharged straight-six engine.

Development and production[edit]

Gran Coupe interior

In 2013, the concept vehicle for the 4 Series coupe was unveiled in North American International Auto Show.[3][4]

Compared with its E92 predecessor, the F32's wheelbase is 50 mm (2.0 in) longer, the overall length is increased by 31 mm (1.2 in) and the width is increased by 44 mm (1.7 in).[5] The front track width is 1,545 mm (60.8 in) and the rear track width is 1,593 mm (62.7 in),[6] increases of 45 mm (1.8 in) and 80 mm (3.1 in) respectively.

The F32 coupe and F82 M4 coupe are produced in Munich,[7][8] with production beginning in July 2013. The F33 convertible is produced in Regensburg, beginning in November 2013.[9][10] The F36 Gran Coupe is produced in Dingolfing.[11][12]

Body styles[edit]

435i Coupé xDrive
428i with roof unretracted

Coupé (F32)[edit]

The coupe models were revealed in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.[13] The launch models consisted of the petrol 428i and 435i, and the diesel 420d.[14]

In the remainder of 2013, the following models were added: 420i, 420d, 425d, 430d and 435d.[15][16] In 2014, the 418d model was added.[17] Most models were available with all-wheel drive ("xDrive").

Convertible (F33)[edit]

The convertible body style was unveiled in Tokyo Motor Show 2013,[18] followed by LA Auto Show 2013.[19]

Its international launch was in Las Vegas in January 2014.[20] The launch models were the petrol-engined 428i and 435i, and the diesel 420d.[21] All-wheel drive (xDrive) became available a few months after the launch.[22]

Gran Coupé (F36)[edit]

BMW 430d Gran Coupé (F36)

The 4 Series Gran Coupé was unveiled in 84th Geneva International Motor Show 2014,[23] followed by 2014 New York International Auto Show[23] and the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in 2014.[24]

As per the larger 6 Series Gran Coupé (F06), the F36 has coupe styling with a liftback rear. However, the F36 includes a C-pillar located behind the rear doors, as per the F32 coupe (but unlike the 6 Series Gran Coupé). Compared with the F30 sedan, the F36 has 13 mm (0.5 in) less rear headroom and the same cargo volume. With the rear seats folded down, the F36 has a cargo volume of 1300 Litres.[25]

The launch models were the petrol-engined 420i, 428i and 435i, and the diesel 418d and 420d.[26][27] The 435i Gran Coupe is approximately 91 kg (200 lb) heavier than the equivalent F30 335i sedan.[28]

M4 version[edit]

F82 M4 coupe (2015)
F83 M4 convertible

Up until 2014, BMW M models used the same model codes as the rest of the model range. However, the F32/F33/F36 generation was one of the first where the M models use separate model codes: F82 for the coupe and F83 for the convertible.[29]

The F82/F83 M4 is powered by the S55 turbocharged straight-6 engine producing 431 PS (317 kW; 425 hp) and 550 N·m (406 lb·ft).[30] The gearbox is either a 6-speed manual (with throttle blip on downshifts) or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (M-DCT).[31]

The M4 also includes an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, electric steering,[29] additional bolted joints between the axle subframe and the body sills, aluminium stiffening plate and a five-link rear suspension constructed from aluminium Carbon-fibre is used for the roof, bootlid, strut brace and driveshaft.[29][32][33] Unusually, the suspension subframes are directly connected to the chassis without rubber bushings.[30] An optional head-up display comes with additional M-specific functions such as a gear display, rev counter and Optimum Shift Indicator.[34]

M4 Coupé (F82)[edit]

The Concept M4 Coupé was unveiled in 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,[35][36] followed by Tokyo Motor Show 2013.[18] The production version was then unveiled in 2014 North American International Auto Show,[37] followed by 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014.[24]

M4 Convertible (F83)[edit]

The convertible model was unveiled in 2014 New York International Auto Show,[23] followed by 22nd Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2014.[38] Features include a three-part folding metal hardtop with noise-absorbing headliner and air curtains. A wind deflector and neck warmers were available as options.

Equipment[edit]

Optional "BMW M Performance Parts" were unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.[39] The available upgrades included exhausts, power upgrades, bodykit, limited slip differential, steering wheels and interior trims.[40][41]

Model year changes[edit]

2016[edit]

  • Limited Edition 435i ZHP Coupe model released in the USA.[42]
  • Engines upgraded, as per the F30 3 Series LCI models.
  • 440i model replaces the 435i, and 430i model replaces the 428i
  • 425d model introduced

2017 facelift[edit]

For the 2018 model year (introduced in March 2017), the facelift ("Life Cycle Impulse") versions were released.[43][44]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model[45][46] Years Engine Power Torque
418i 2016–current B38A15M0 100 kW (134 bhp) 220 N·m (162 ft·lbf)
420i 2014–2016 N20B20 135 kW (181 bhp) 270 N·m (199 ft·lbf)
2016–current B48B20A 135 kW (181 bhp) 270 N·m (199 ft·lbf)
428i 2013–2016 N20B20 180 kW (241 bhp) 350 N·m (258 ft·lbf)
430i 2016–current B48B20B 185 kW (248 bhp) 350 N·m (258 ft·lbf)
435i 2013–2016 N55B30 225 kW (302 bhp) 400 N·m (295 ft·lbf)
440i 2016–current B58B30M0 240 kW (322 bhp) 450 N·m (332 ft·lbf)
M4 2013–current S55B30T0 317 kW (425 bhp) 550 N·m (406 ft·lbf)
M4 Comp[47] 2016–current 330 kW (443 bhp) 550 N·m (406 ft·lbf)
M4 GTS[48] 2016–current 368 kW (493 bhp) 600 N·m (443 ft·lbf)

Diesel engines[edit]

Model[45] Years Engine Power Torque
418d 2014–2015 N47D20 105 kW (141 bhp) 320 N·m (236 ft·lbf)
2015–current B47D20 110 kW (148 bhp) 320 N·m (236 ft·lbf)
420d 2013–2015 N47D20 135 kW (181 bhp) 380 N·m (280 ft·lbf)
2015–current B47D20 140 kW (188 bhp) 400 N·m (295 ft·lbf)
425d[49] 2014–2016 N47D20O1 160 kW (215 bhp) 450 N·m (332 ft·lbf)
2016–current B47D20O1 165 kW (221 bhp) 450 N·m (332 ft·lbf)
430d 2014–current N57D30O1 190 kW (255 bhp) 560 N·m (413 ft·lbf)
435d 2014–current N57D30T1 230 kW (308 bhp) 630 N·m (465 ft·lbf)

Motorsport[edit]

M4 DTM Touring Car[edit]

BMW M4 DTM

The M4 DTM was developed in 2013 to replace the [[BMW M3 DTM (E92)|E92 M3 DTM], has been raced in DTM from 2014 to the present. It was designed by BMW chief engineer Dominic Harlow and unveiled in official ITR tests in Budapest.[50][51] The M4 DTM replaced the retired BMW M3 DTM at the end of the 2013 season.

In its debut 2014 season, Marco Wittmann won the Drivers' Championship in the M4 and Team RMG won the Teams' Championship.[52] In the 2016 season, Marco Wittman again won the Drivers' Championship in the M4.[53]

M4 DTM Safety Car[edit]

The M4 was used as a safety car at DTM races from 2014–present.[54][55] The M4 DTM Safety Car features Recaro racing seats, a roll bar, bonnet with "motorsport lock", LED lights on the roof and LED lights on the front apron.[56]

M4 MotoGP Safety Car[edit]

The M4 was used as a safety car at MotoGP races from 2014–present. The car was unveiled at the 2014 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix.[57][58] It features Recaro racing seats , a roll bar, bonnet with motorsport lock, LED lights at roof and front apron, main electricity switch at bonnet, removal of the rear seat, fuel pump system, a fire extinguisher and a race display on the steering wheel.

Marketing[edit]

As part of the BMW 4 Series Coupé launch, a TV spot was produced by Hollywood director Samuel Bayer. A print campaign featuring Uwe Düttmann’s photographs resembling high-speed-driving shots, but a closer look reveals that the motion blur of the surroundings is simulated by ropes, was produced. The campaign was presented online and through social media channels in Germany, where online banner ads and animations will develop the idea of the print campaign and TV spot, and also work with the effect of a dynamic moving car. A central landing page on www.bmw.de features information on the vehicles shown, as well as background on the TV commercial and a prize game. Visitors to BMW Germany’s Facebook page can also win a new BMW Z4 for a three-month period. In parallel, the campaign will also be presented in more detail through the brand’s YouTube channel and BMW’s own www.bmw-tv.de channel with a special on the subject of design.[59]

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