The new BMW 4 Series coupé range has officially arrived in South Africa, controversial grille design and all.

Elements of pricing that BMW SA published on its website in October 2020 have changed slightly, so we’ll include the latest figures here. As a reminder, the local range comprises three variants at launch, with the new 4 Series Convertible and fresh-faced M4 set to follow in 2021.

So, how much are you looking at here? Well, the 420i starts at R762 438. 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 178, 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 189 154, 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.

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.

BMW 420i: R762 438
BMW 420d: R807 178
BMW M440i xDrive: R1 189 154