BMW 4 Series (F32)

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BMW 4 Series (F32/F33/F36)
BMW 435i Cabriolet M Sport (F33) – Frontansicht, 18. Oktober 2015, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
ProductionJuly 2013 – present
Assembly
Designer
  • Won Kyu Kang (concept)[1]
  • Nicolas Huet (2010)[2]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive (xDrive)
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,810 mm (110.6 in)
Length4,638 mm (182.6 in)
Width1,825 mm (71.9 in)
Height
  • F32: 1,377 mm (54.2 in)
  • F33: 1,384 mm (54.5 in)
  • F36: 1,389 mm (54.7 in)
Curb weight1,430–1,850 kg (3,153–4,079 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 3 Series (E90)
SuccessorBMW 4 Series (G22/G23)

The first generation of the BMW 4 Series consists of the BMW F32 (coupé version), BMW F33 (convertible version) and BMW F36 (four-door coupé version, marketed as 'Gran Coupé') sports cars. The F32/F33/F36 has been produced since 2014 and is often collectively referred to as the F32.

The F32 was introduced as the successor to the E92/E93 coupé/convertible models of the fifth-generation 3 Series range. The F32 is produced alongside - and shares many features with - the F30 3 Series. As with 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 early 2014.[3] They are powered by the S55 turbocharged straight-six engine.

Development and launch[edit]

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupé at the 2013 NYIAS

Official details of the "Concept 4 Series" were released in December 2012, detailing the intention to replace the E92 3 Series coupé with a new 4 Series line.[4][5]

In 2013, the concept vehicle (called the Concept 4 Series Coupé)[6] was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.[7][8]

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).[9] The front track width is 1,545 mm (60.8 in) and the rear track width is 1,593 mm (62.7 in),[10] increases of 45 mm (1.8 in) and 80 mm (3.1 in) respectively.

Body styles[edit]

Coupé (F32)[edit]

The coupé models were revealed in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.[11] The launch models consisted of the petrol 428i and 435i, and the diesel 420d.[12]

In the remainder of 2013, the following models were added: 420i, 420d, 425d, 430d and 435d.[13][14] In 2014, the 418d model was added.[15] Most models were available with all-wheel drive ("xDrive").

Convertible (F33)[edit]

The convertible body style was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show,[16] followed by the 2013 LA Auto Show.[17]

Its international launch was in Las Vegas in January 2014.[18] The launch models were the petrol-engined 428i and 435i, and the diesel 420d.[19] All-wheel drive (xDrive) became available a few months after the launch.[20]

Gran Coupé (F36)[edit]

The 4 Series Gran Coupé was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show,[21] followed by 2014 New York International Auto Show[21] and the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in 2014.[22] Production of the Gran Coupé began in the Dingolfing plant in July 2014.[23][24]

As per the larger 6 Series Gran Coupé (F06), the F36 has coupé styling with a fastback rear. However, the F36 also includes a C-pillar located behind the rear doors. 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 Coupé is approximately 91 kg (200 lb) heavier than the equivalent F30 335i sedan.[28]

Facelift[edit]

On the 16 January 2017 , BMW debuted its latest facelift, or LCI (Life Cycle Impulse), for the BMW 4 Series.

Equipment[edit]

Interior (M-performance model)

Available equipment includes a head-up display, 8-speed automatic transmission and LED headlights.[29]

Optional "BMW M Performance Parts" were unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.[30] The available upgrades included exhausts, power upgrades, bodykit, limited slip differential, steering wheels and interior trims.[31][32]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (62 mph)
418i 2016– B38A15M0
1.5 L turbocharged I3
100 kW (134 hp) at 4,400–6,000 rpm 220 N⋅m (162 ft⋅lb) at 1,250–4,300 rpm 9.6 seconds
420i 2014–2016 N20B20
2.0 L turbocharged I4
135 kW (181 hp) at 5,000–6,250 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 ft⋅lb) at 1,250–4,500 rpm 7.3 seconds
2016– B48B20A
2.0 L turbocharged I4
135 kW (181 hp) at 5,000–6,500 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 ft⋅lb) at 1,350–4,600 rpm 7.5 seconds
428i 2013–2016 N20B20
2.0 L turbo I4
180 kW (241 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 ft⋅lb) at 1,250–4,800 rpm 5.8 seconds
430i 2016– B48B20B
2.0 L turbocharged I4
185 kW (248 hp) at 5,250–6,500 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 ft⋅lb) at 1,450–4,800 rpm
435i 2013–2016 N55B30M0
3.0 L turbocharged I6
225 kW (302 hp) at 5,800–6,500 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 ft⋅lb) at 1,200–5,000 rpm 5.1 seconds
440i 2016– B58B30M0
3.0 L turbocharged I6
240 kW (322 hp) at 5,500–6,500 rpm 450 N⋅m (332 ft⋅lb) at 1,380–5,000 rpm 5.0 seconds
M4 2013– S55B30T0
3.0 L twin-turbocharged I6
317 kW (425 hp) at 5,600–7,300 rpm 550 N⋅m (406 ft⋅lb) at 1,800–5,500 rpm 4.1 seconds
M4 Comp[33] 2016– 331 kW (444 hp) at 7,000 rpm 4.0 seconds
M4 CS 2017– 338 kW (453 hp) at 6,250–7,000 rpm 600 N⋅m (443 ft⋅lb) at 4,000–5,380 rpm 3.9 seconds
M4 GTS[34] 2016– 368 kW (493 hp) at 6,250 rpm 600 N⋅m (443 ft⋅lb) at 4,000–5,000 rpm 3.8 seconds

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (62 mph)
418d 2014–2015 N47D20
2.0 L turbocharged I4
105 kW (141 hp) at 4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 ft⋅lb) at 1,750–3,000 rpm 8.6 seconds
2015– B47D20
2.0 L turbocharged I4
110 kW (148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 ft⋅lb) at 1,500–3,000 rpm
420d 2013–2015 N47D20
2.0 L turbocharged I4
135 kW (181 hp) at 4,000 rpm 380 N⋅m (280 ft⋅lb) at 1,750–2,750 rpm 7.3 seconds
2015– B47D20
2.0 L turbocharged I4
140 kW (188 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 ft⋅lb) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 7.1 seconds
425d[35] 2014–2016 N47D20O1
2.0 L twin-turbocharged I4
160 kW (215 hp) at 4,400 rpm 450 N⋅m (332 ft⋅lb) at 1,500–2,500 rpm 6.5 seconds
2016– B47D20O1
2.0 L twin-turbocharged I4
165 kW (221 hp) at 4,400 rpm 450 N⋅m (332 ft⋅lb) at 1,500–3,000 rpm 6.1 seconds
430d 2014– N57D30O1
3.0 L turbocharged I6
190 kW (255 hp) at 4,000 rpm 560 N⋅m (413 ft⋅lb) at 2,000–2,750 rpm 5.5 seconds
435d xDrive 2014– N57D30T1
3.0 L twin-turbocharged I6
230 kW (308 hp) at 4,400 rpm 630 N⋅m (465 ft⋅lb) at 1,500–2,500 rpm 4.7 seconds

M4 version[edit]

M4 Coupé (F82)

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 coupé and F83 for the convertible.[36]

The F82/F83 M4 is powered by the S55 turbocharged straight-6 engine rated at 431 PS (317 kW; 425 hp) and 550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft).[37] The gearbox is either a 6-speed manual (with throttle blip on downshifts) or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (M-DCT).[38]

The M4 also features an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, electric steering,[36] 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.[36][39][40] Unusually, the suspension subframes are directly connected to the chassis without rubber bushings.[37] An optional head-up display comes with additional M-specific functions such as a gear display, rev counter and Optimum Shift Indicator.[41]

M4 Coupé (F82)[edit]

The Concept M4 Coupé was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,[42][43] followed by the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[16] The production version was then unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show,[44] followed by 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014.[22]

M4 Convertible (F83)[edit]

The convertible model was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show,[21] followed by 22nd Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2014.[45] 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.

Model year changes[edit]

2016[edit]

  • Limited Edition 435i ZHP Coupé model released in the USA.[46]
  • Engines upgraded, along with F30 3 Series LCI models.
    • 440i model replaces the 435i, and 430i model replaces the 428i
    • 425d model introduced[47]

2017 facelift[edit]

The facelifted (LCI) models of the BMW 4 Series were unveiled in January 2017[48][49], with the first pictures of the refreshed Coupé (F32 LCI) shown in the new color Snapper Rocks Blue (turquoise blue), and the Convertible (F33 LCI) shown in the also new, Sunset Orange colour (bright orange). The Gran Coupé (F36 LCI) model was shown in a silver colour.


The facelift (LCI) was introduced for the 2018 model year.[50][51] Major changes include:

  • Exterior design changes including redesigned LED headlights, tail-lights, and bumpers[52]
  • Interior design changes including an updated iDrive system (version 6.0)[53]
  • Revised stiffer suspension on Coupé and Gran Coupé models[54]
  • New additional trim, wheel, and exterior colour options[55]

Motorsport[edit]

M4 DTM Touring Car[edit]

BMW M4 DTM

The M4 DTM was developed in 2013 to replace the 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.[56][57] 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.[58] In the 2016 season, Marco Wittman again won the Drivers' Championship in the M4.[59]

M4 DTM Safety Car[edit]

The M4 was used as a safety car at DTM races from 2014–present.[60][61] 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.[62]

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.[63][64] 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.

Production volumes[edit]

Interior

The F32 coupé and F82 M4 coupé are produced in Munich,[65][66] with production beginning in July 2013. The F33 convertible is produced in Regensburg, beginning in November 2013.[24][67] The F36 Gran Coupé is produced in Dingolfing.[68][69]

The following are production figures for the 4 Series range:[70]

Year Production
2013 14,763
2014 119,580
2015 152,390
2016 133,272
2017 133,104
2018 109,887
Total: 662,996

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