On this episode of Ignition Carlos Lago goes to Portugal to test the new BMW 435i. The replacement for the 3 Series coupe, the 4 Series is wider and much lower than the sedan – in fact, it has the lowest center of gravity of any BMW currently on sale. BMW claims it’s substantiated the controversial name change by differentiating the 4′s styling and driving dynamics from the 3. They find out if that’s the case, and more, with a drive through the beautiful seaside roads in Portugal and a lapping session at the iconic former F1 circuit, Estoril.
We’ve shown you the 4 Series M Sport in Estoril Blue II and Black, now have a look at the F32 M Sport in Alpine White, showing off the M Sport aero kit lines well.
Catch our 4 Series coverage @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/4-series/
You’ve seen them separately, now see them visually compared – the 4 Series versus 3 Series M Sport and M Performance Parts equipped models.
The 4 Series M Sport model can be ordered now and the 4 series M Performance Parts will be released in October-November.
Chris Harris reviews the F32 435i on the track and road… and abides by BMW’s no drifting rule at the Estoril track (or does he??)
Many BMW fans have been waiting for the F32 4 Series Coupe [full official details] to arrive. And arrive it has. We have recently driven the 435i Sport Line in Portugal – Lisbon and at the Estoril Track. It was a joy.
What I Loved?
The cliché holds true for 4 Series as it does with many BMWs – the styling looks so much better in real life than in 2D photos on a computer screen. As for the package? Besides all the standard qualities that make a BMW a BMW, the new 435i has some extras that put the car in the uber-klass when it comes to premium sporty coupes. What are those extras? HUD/drivers package, lane departure warning, LED headlights (not for US market yet) … CONTINUED
We recently asked for your questions regarding the BMW 4 Series and we brought those (together with some of our own) to the press launch for the F32. Big thanks to all the gracious BMW representatives who patiently answered our questions.
Here’s what we were able to find out for BIMMERPOST members.
Are there suspension or steering tweaks/improvements in the F32 compared to the F30?
The F32 is much more rigid than the F30. One way BMW has done this is by using a different suspension with extra V- or X- bracing from the subframes going back to the car’s chassis. Also, the entire suspension is different from the F30. We know this car will be mostly driven with two people aboard and in a sporting way. … CONTINUED
While we prepare the 4 Series Q&A and review for you, enjoy photos and videos of the 435i from the Estoril Circuit and Lisbon, Portugal.
Two generations of BMW coupes side by side – the E46 M3 coupe poses with a 4 Series coupe (in Luxury Line).
In addition to the M Performance 4 Series Coupe on display at the 4 Series international press launch at Estoril track in Lisbon, Portugal, was this 435i M Sport in M Performance trim. Its Estoril Blue II color was totally appropriate as the track day was held at the Estoril Circuit after which this color is named. And while we didn’t get to drive the F32 M Sport on the track (shame), we did get to ogle and photograph it.
The M Sport Package (ZMM) costs $3,500 for the 428i and 428i xDrive and $3,100 for the 435i and 435i xDrive. See full package details and pricing.
The M Sport package for the 4 Series features:
M Sport suspension standard (RWD models … CONTINUED