We have laid our hands on local pricing for the new BMW 4 Series coupé range, including the M440i xDrive variant. Here's how much it costs, South Africa.

Revealed in June 2020, the new G22-generation 4 Series features the Munich-based firm’s controversial grille design. At launch, the local range will comprise three variants, with the new 4 Series Convertible and M4 set to follow in 2021.

So, how much are you looking at here? Well, we’ve had a look at the price list (thanks to our friends over at duoporta.com for the tip) and can tell you the 420i will start at R762 438. Specify the M Sport kit and the price increases to R807 838. This variant uses a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol mill sending 135 kW and 300 N.m to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission (this gearbox is standard across the range), enough for a sprint to 100 km/h in a claimed 7,5 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h.

Next up is the 420d, which employs a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel unit generating 140 kW and 400 N.m. Priced from R807 316 in standard guise and R852 716 in M Sport form, the oil-burning coupé will hit three figures in a claimed 7,2 seconds, before topping out at 240 km/h.

And the M Performance variant? Well, the M440i xDrive comes in from R1 185 954, boasting a turbocharged 3,0-litre straight-six offering 275 kW and 500 N.m to all four wheels. That’s enough, says the Munich-based firm, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.

As a reminder, BMW says the second-gen 4 Series features a centre of gravity some 21 mm lower than that of the related 3 Series sedan, while its rear-axle track is 23 mm wider. Measuring 4 768 mm nose to tail, the new 4 Series is 128 mm longer than the original, and 27 mm wider, too. Its wheelbase, meanwhile, has grown 41 mm to 2 851 mm. BMW claims a luggage capacity of 440 litres, an increase of around 30 litres.

While the new 4 Series is fitted with “lift-related” dampers featuring bespoke tuning fitted as standard, a firmer M Sport suspension (as well as adaptive M suspension) set-up is also offered. M Sport brakes (with a choice of blue or red callipers) have also found their way onto the list of extras.

Inside, BMW’s latest coupé borrows bits from the 3 Series, including a 10,25-inch display and a fully digital 12,3-inch instrument cluster. There are also newly developed sports seats.