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The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is the i4's petrol-powered twin

It's a four-door version of a two-door version of a four-door car...

Published: 08 Jun 2021
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Welcome to the BMW i4’s combustion-engined twin – the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Landing in the UK this coming November, with prices starting at around £40,000, it’s effectively a slightly stretched four-door version of the two-door 4 Series Coupe. Itself a two-door, coupe version of the four-door BMW 3 Series Saloon. Hmmm.

Anyway – there are no real surprises here. After all… it’s a 4 Series with a couple of extra doors and more spacious, easier-to-access rear seats. What exactly were you expecting?

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At 4,783mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,442mm tall the new 4 GC is bigger in every regard than the car it replaces. BMW claims there’s more head- and legroom for people sat in the back AND it’s got a bigger boot, up 39-litres to a respectable 470-litres.

From the outset there are five versions from which to choose – not including the all-electric i4. No doubt more are on the way. BMW never did a proper M version of the old Gran Coupe. But hey, maybe things will be different this time around.

At the cheaper end of the scale you’ve got the 2.0-litre petrol 420i and 430i. Then there’s the 2.0-litre diesel 420d, which gets optional ‘xDrive’ all-wheel drive. Top of the tree for now is the six-cylinder petrol M440i xDrive, which costs over £54,000 and does 0-62mph in sub-five seconds.

As it happens we’ve been living with a M440i Coupe for a few months – click these blue words to see how it’s behaved.

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Being a BMW, we’re promised the GC drives very well. It has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and M-fettled suspension is fitted as standard. Beefier brakes and the M Sport electronically-controlled differential are optional, as is adaptive suspension. Of course the M440i gets it all standard.

Worth noting the 4 Series Gran Coupe does NOT get the latest version of iDrive from the i4 and iX. It has to make do with the existing system from the 4 Series Coupe, 3 Series and so-on.

But the big question remains: have you forgiven BMW for that grille yet?

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