2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe

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  • BMW 4 Series Coupe
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    240 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    255 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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Now that we have finally seen the next-generation BMW 3 Series, it’s time to focus on the coupe version of the model, AKA the 4 Series Coupe. First details on the new 4 Series Coupe have just been released and the production will start in July 2013.

When thinking about the new 4 Series Coupe, think of it as a small 6 Series with design elements inspired by the 3 Series sedan. When compared to the model it replaces, the 4 Series Coupe is larger in width and wheelbase and sits considerably lower to the road.

Everything else on the new 4 Series Coupe is clearly inspired by the 3 Series sedan, including the double-kidney grille, headlights and engine lineup.

The 4 Series Coupe will be followed by a convertible model shortly.

Update 06/14/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Update 07/01/2013: BMW has dropped a first product film video for the new 4-Series Coupe, showing the car in action in some engaging surroundings. Enjoy!

Update 07/09/2013: BMW U.S.A. dropped the official configurator for the new 4 Series Coupe. You can go online and play, and also create the sports coupe of your dreams. You can also click past the jump and learn prices for the packages and options.

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The 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible Could Have a Folding Softtop

The 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible Could Have a Folding Softtop

Moving with times, or saving money

The new BMW 3 Series and the new BMW 4 Series are on the verge of being unveiled. We will see the 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show in October, but it may be that BMW reveals its one number bigger, two doors lesser brother too. While many say that the new 3 Series is shaping up to be the best compact executive sedan, talks about the 4 Series haven’t been exactly fruitious. Yet, only days ago, spy photographers did catch a glimpse of what is definitely shaping up to be the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. While we did know that BMW will definitely offer a car like this, the thing is that the spied model actually had a soft top roof. Not a hard top as with previous two generations of a car.

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Video of the Day: The Scotland Colors, Courtesy of BMW

Video of the Day: The Scotland Colors, Courtesy of BMW

You’ll get misty-eyed watching this video that showcases Scotland in all its beauty

I’ve been to Scotland, and I can attest with full certainty that it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Granted, I’ve haven’t been to every country in the world, but I’ve been to a fair share of them. As far as picturesque landscapes and jaw-dropping sceneries are concerned, there’s Scotland, and there’s everybody else. I say that because I was drawn back to my time in the country upon watching this short film that BMW helped support. It’s a film presented to us by Stanislav Cociorva and Ecaterina Cernei, a self-described creative couple who own and operate the “Traveller’s Tales” YouTube page.

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2018 BMW 4 Series Convertible

2018 BMW 4 Series Convertible

The compact drop-top is getting its very-first mid-cycle refresh

The BMW 4 Series made its global debut in 2013, right after the German brand decided to split the two- and four-door versions of the 3 Series into different nameplates. While the 3 Series kept the sedan body style, the coupe and convertible were rebadged as 4 Series models. Despite the different name, the 3 Series and 4 Series shared everything from platform and drivetrains to exterior design and interior features. Come 2017 and BMW launched mid-cycle facelifts for the entire range, including the 4 Series Convertible.

After nearly three successful years on the market against dated competition from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the 4 Series Convertible finally has something to worry about. With Mercedes-Benz and Audi having introduced redesigned versions of the C-Class Cabriolet and A5 Cabriolet, the Bimmer will have a hard time until a new-generation model is designed. However, the facelift brings a few updates inside and out that might keep BMW enthusiasts coming into dealerships for a few more years.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

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2017 Alpina B4 S Biturbo

2017 Alpina B4 S Biturbo

BMW’s partner-in-production gives the 4 Series a new identity

When you line up the number of tuning firms who specialize on BMWs, you’ll inevitably come across Alpina, which technically started as an aftermarket company before turning into a manufacturer of its own after years of close ties with BMW. In fact, Alpina and BMW have become partners of sorts since most of the former’s models are integrated into the latter’s production lines, including the Alpina B7, which rolls from the same facility as the BMW 7 Series. That’s how far this relationship has come, and the German Ministry of Transport even recognizes it as such, designating Alpina as an automaker instead of an aftermarket specialist.

History lesson aside, Alpina is headed to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with a number of its latest creations, one of which is the B4 S Biturbo, an interpretation of the 4 Series according to the specifications of Alpina. Like most models to come out of Alpina, the B4 S Biturbo is technically a 4 Series, and the process by which Alpina uses to create the car isn’t too different from what expert BMW tuners like AC Schnitzer do. So while it is technically an automaker, Alpina’s methods are still closer to AC Schnitzer than it is to BMW, hence the approach we’ve taken here.

The car itself is what you’d come to expect from Alpina. Like the B7 before it, the B4 S Biturbo is loaded with upgrades on all sections of the car, right down to the aerodynamic body kit and the engine upgrade that puts the B4 S Turbo’s power right up there with the BMW M4.

All told, the B4 S Biturbo is a car that’s worth our attention, not only because it’s an Alpina-badged model that’s based on the BMW 4 Series, but more importantly, because it checks off a lot of boxes on what we’d like to see the aftermarket world do to the 4 Series in the first place.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Alpina B4 S Biturbo.

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2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Nips and tucks keep it somewhat fresh in the face of the new A5 Sportback

The BMW 4 Series just received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2018 model year, an update that also brought a similar refresh for the Gran Coupe model. Introduced in 2014, one year after the 3 Series Coupe became the 4 Series, the Gran Coupe gave BMW access to a new segment of compact four-door coupes. One of BMW’s weirdest offerings, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is essentially a four-door version of the 4 Series coupe, which in turn is based on the 3 Series sedan.

Part of a recent lineup of niche models that also includes the 3 Series GT, 5 Series GT, and 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe competes against the Audi A5 Sportback. The latter was redesigned for the 2017 model year, which makes BMW’s facelift a welcomed upgrade to a vehicle that’s already three years old. The revisions are pretty much similar to the two-door 4 Series and includes minor nips and tucks on the outside, new technology, and small upgrades in the drivetrain department.

Will it be enough to keep the Gran Coupe afloat next to the new A5 Sportback? It’s too early to tell since Audi has yet to bring its four-door coupe Stateside, but the two should clash on public roads by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated 4 Series Gran Coupe has to offer in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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2018 BMW 4 Series Coupe

2018 BMW 4 Series Coupe

Same old recipe, now with just a little more on top

BMW introduced the 4 Series Coupe back in January of 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. At the time, this compact executive two-door was slated as a replacement for the outgoing 3 Series Coupe, given the brand’s decision to split the model line into two separate iterations, with the 3 taking up four-door duty, and the 4 going two-door. While the 4 Series comes with an interior and exterior that’s similar to the current sixth-gen F30 3 Series, the 4 Series is also outfitted with a longer, wider body, and marketed as a sportier alternative. Initially offered exclusively as the F32 coupe, the 4 Series gained the F33 two-door convertible and F36 Gran Coupe five-door liftback body styles a year later. So far, the model has sold well, moving roughly 400,000 units worldwide since its launch. Most of those sales have been in the U.S., with the U.K. and Germany also scooping up their respective fair shares. Now, the Bavarians have decided to give the 4 Series an update, and the Coupe variant gains new styling and tweaked suspension.

The rest of the package is more or less unchanged from the 2017 model year, with a ton of opportunities on the table for customization of the interior and exterior, as well as a variety of drivetrain and powertrain options (especially for those customers located across the pond).

“The maxim guiding the BMW 4 Series model update was ‘stick to the proven formula but add extra richness to the cars’ character’,” says Domagoj Dukec, Head of Exterior Design at BMW Automobiles.

And why not? With sales up, it makes sense to stay hands off with the thing, especially when you consider a complete overhaul is imminent with the arrival of the next-gen 4 Series in a just a few years’ time

But what about the 2018 model year? Is it worth a look, or should you wait for the second generation? Read on to find out all the specifics.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 4 Series Coupe.

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BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

BMW Has Honed the 4 Series to Perfection With Some Serious Updates

Isn’t this how the 4 Series should have offered in the first place?

Prior to 2012, the 3 Series included the sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, but when BMW introduced the F30/F31-generation 3 Series, it decided to follow Audi’s footsteps and separate the 3 Series sedan from the coupe and cabriolet and began producing those body styles under the 4 Series name. With the 4 Series Coupe and Cabriolet models being introduced for the 2014 model year, it might be a little surprising to see that BMW has already given the baby of the BMW family a facelift, but for the 2017 model year (2018 model year for the U.S.,) BMW has taken the liberty of updating the sporty coupe with new looks, better technology, and even some powertrain and suspension updates to keep it fresh through the turn of the decade. Highlights include new LED exterior lights, a new front fascia, a new navigation system and instrument cluster, and some new color options inside and out.

The updated 4 Series will be available in a total of 31 different setups with a total of six different trim levels ranging from the entry-level 420i all the way up to the BMW 440i on the gasoline front and from the 420d up to the 435d xDrive for those of you who prefer oil burners. Few technical specifications for the various engines available have yet to be announced, but we know that the 420i will deliver 184 horsepower while the M44i will deliver 326 horsepower – that latter of which is a six-horsepower increase. On the diesel front, the 420d will deliver 190 horsepower while the 435d xDrive will offer up 313 horsepower. Then you’ve got the 4 Series Gran Coupe that comes with the model designation for 418d and has 150 ponies on tap. The 435d comes standard with xDrive, while it will be available as an add-on for most other models (it usually comes at a $2,000 premium over non-xDrive models)

But, it’s not all about engine and horsepower with this update. See, the updated 4 Series gets a revised suspension system that is now stiffer on the standard Coupe and Gran Coupe. While the dynamics of the suspension system have been updated for all models, including those with M Sport and Adaptive suspension. If you go with the 430 models or higher, you can opt for high-performance tires straight from the factory.

As far as looks go, all 4 Series models now come standard with LED headlights and LED fog lights as standard equipment – a big improvement over the xenon lights that came standard on the current model. And, even better yet, you’ll find restyled taillight lenses that are sportier and lit up by bright LED lights as well – a first for the 4 Series. The front fascia now features chrome trim that follows the lower edge of the fascia and wraps around the restyled fake vents that house the fog lights. Out back, a new chrome strip has been added to the slightly reworked rear fascia. As far as wheels go, there are four new wheels, three of which feature five primary spokes and one that features a dual, 10-spoke design. New exterior finishes include Snapper Rocks Blue (Shown on the M4 in the gallery) and Sunset Orange (shown on the convertible models in the gallery).

Finally, the interior gets an updated navigation system and new instrument cluster to go with an updated steering wheel. The infotainment display comes with the updated user interface that we saw in the new 5 Series in Detroit. To round out the interior updates, the dash gets double stitching while center stack trim now features gloss black trim. The trim around the power window controls and HVAC vents are not electroplated while the HVAC and CD changer controls get healthy doses of chrome. All told, that’s a lot of updates to a car that’s just a few years old, but it will surely be welcomed by Bimmer fans everywhere.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit

2015 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit

2014 brought us rumors of BMW working on a performance-oriented 3 Series that would slot between the 340i and the 2016 BMW M3 in terms of output. This spawned yet another rumor that Munich might do the same with the 4 Series to give the nameplate a proper competitor for the 2016 Audi S5 and the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Coupe. However, BMW has yet to confirm it and word has it the Germans might have cancelled the project, despite the big gap between the range-topping, non-M model and the M-badged trim. Meanwhile, if a sexier and more powerful version of the 435i is what you need, but you can’t afford the M4, BMW has you covered with the M Performance Power kit.

The first 4 Series to sport this upgrade is actually a convertible model. The drop-top seen here was showcased at the brand’s dealership in Abu Dhabi before the lucky customer who commissioned it came in to take it home and enjoy those sunny weekends in the Arabian Peninsula.

Unlike the wide array of Individual-badged Bimmers that usually receive a special paint job, a set of custom wheels, and a full leather interior, the M Performance Parts kit brings a lot more to the table. As the name suggests, it also adds a body kit to the car, and, more importantly, adds more power under the hood. Check out the full details below.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Power Kit.

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BMW Car Club of America Raffles M4 Dinan Club Edition

BMW Car Club of America Raffles M4 Dinan Club Edition

For the first time in its 14-year history, the BMW Car Club of America’s annual Car of Your Dreams Raffle will give away a fully tuned and custom-built Bimmer sporting a huge array of performance parts from one of the world’s leading go-faster shops, Dinan Engineering. The Grand Prize will be a 2015 M4 Coupe Dinan Club Edition with over 20 grand in upgrades, a total package value of $110,000.

Draped in an Alpine White paint job and boasting 530 horsepower, 504 pound-feet of torque, and a slew of tasty carbon-fiber add-ons, the hyper-powered two-door is ostensibly one of the most valuable and powerful M4s in existence.

“This year, we’re proud to present a Grand Prize raffle car engineered by Steve Dinan, rolling on Forgeline metal and gripping the road courtesy of Michelin. Three of the top names in automotive excitement join the Ultimate Drivers’ Club in bringing you the M4 of your dreams,” said Frank Patek, executive director of the BMW CCA.

In addition to the uber-Bavarian sled Grand Prize, the raffle will also give away a brand-new F80 M3 sedan, MSRP $62,000, and a brand-new M235i coupe, MSRP $43,100. There will also be special drawings for every ticket purchased during specific designated periods, with prizes including $1,000 gift cards for IHG Hotels, Michelin Tires, Shell gas, Best Buy, and Amex.

Tickets are currently available for $25 a pop to BMW CCA members only, so you’ll need to join if you want to win. Each ticket offers a 1-in-5,000 chance of winning a car. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The entry deadline is September 10. 

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2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Edition

Much like the 3 Series Coupe that preceded it, the 4 Series lineage has grown to include a multitude of trims. Ranging from fuel-efficient diesels to the more powerful 335i, and from the four-door Gran Coupe to the Convertible, the 4 Series family can satisfy a wide range of customers. Come 2015 and BMW added a new iteration to the 4 Series. Interestingly enough, it’s not a new base model that would bring a fuel-sipping powerplant to the U.S., but a performance-oriented car positioned above the range-topping 435i. Meet the 435i ZHP Edition, or the first 4 Series likely to become a collectible in the near future.

I say "collectible" because the coupe you see here is limited to only 100 examples, making it the rarest 4 Series as of 2015.

Making this limited edition that much more important is the fact that it revives a performance package first introduced in 2003. Originally named the ZHP Performance Package, the bundle added the M-Tech II body kit, ZHP upgraded suspension parts and settings, and special camshafts that raised engine output and allowed a higher redline to the E46 3 Series. Slotted between the 330i and the M3, the E46 ZHP brought "track-inspired excitement to your daily drive." More than a decade later, BMW promises the same with the 435i ZHP Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 435i ZHP Edition.

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BMW i8 Battles BMW M4 on the Track: Video

BMW i8 Battles BMW M4 on the Track: Video

As we all bear witness to the current shift away from gasoline engines, we end up with some truly blockbuster matchups. No longer is it just carbs vs. fuel injection, rear-wheel drive vs. front-wheel drive, displacement vs. boost, or manuals vs. automatics. Now we have rivalries that pit internal combustion in its entirety against and the very future of automotive power. Cue the explosions and thunder storm. We don’t even have to use cars from different manufacturers. Case in point: the M4 vs. the i8.

Despite drastically different approaches to performance, the stats on these machines are actually nearly parallel: both take a little less than 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, both weigh about 3,450 pounds, and both can attain a top speed of 155 mph.

Yes, the power and torque figures are completely skewed, and the drive layouts are thoroughly dissimilar, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s the old school against the new school, analog against digital. The petroleum will run out eventually, but today is not that day. Who will win this battle?

Autocar set out to find the answer using a race track and two capable drivers. The result is what you’d expect in some ways, but a complete surprise in others. As the future wrestles away the present from the past, we expect many more battles like this to come.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 and M4.

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Lexus RC350 VS. BMW 435i in the Eyes of Lexus: Video

Lexus RC350 VS. BMW 435i in the Eyes of Lexus: Video

Some say that mudslinging is as American as Mississippi mud, and in certain countries — the U.S. included — the legal system more than welcomes negative publicity. Normally, this type of dark PR is good for business, but there are times when the original intent backfires and this is pretty much what seems to happen in one of Lexus’ latest YouTube videos, where an RC350 is pitted against one of its arch enemies, the BMW 435i.

In short, a Lexus spokeswoman is trying to emphasize all the advantages that the newest Lexus coupe has against the top of the range version of the BMW 4 Series. She mentions differences like the six more horsepower developed by the naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V-6 from the Lexus RC350, its "sports car" center console, the fresher exterior design of the model, and certain bits and pieces that come in standard on the Lexus and are optional extras on the BMW. In theory, this type of marketing would make the RC350 sound like the best-buying option in its segment, but if you take a look at the amount of negative comments that the footage received it becomes apparent that the result is a bit far from showing that.

Since both the RC350 and the 435i are shown using a rather complementing light, the comparison doesn’t actually seem to show a clear winner in the end, and some may even say that the BMW 4 Series probably earned more fans because of it. Not to mention that some of the "winning" features on the RC Coupe, such as the touchpad interface or its "innovative" exterior styling aren’t exactly universally loved. On top of that, the six horsepower "powertrain advantage" of the Lexus don’t sound as appetizing if you look at the much better 0-to-60-mph acceleration of the 435i (5.3 seconds for the BMW versus 5.8 seconds in the RC350) or at its higher mileage (19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the Lexus versus 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the BMW).

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2015 Consumer Electronics Show Recap

2015 Consumer Electronics Show Recap

Despite being named in theory after non-vehicular technology, the 2015 edition of the Computer Electronics Show (CES) was pretty packed with high-tech means of transportation, with just about many major car manufacturers jumping on the occasion of unveiling a bespoke concept car for the event in Las Vegas. The common theme among most vehicles presented was "connectivity" and/or "autonomous driving, " and for some reason it seems that German carmakers set their sights on stealing most of the accolades.

Each and every concept car presented at CES 2015 tried in the most elaborate ways to provide consumers with a peek at the world of transportation in the near future and beyond, with some of the gizmos and features sported by a couple of cars even wearing the "production ready" tag. By far the biggest surprises came from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, with each of them presenting their own interpretation of the so-called "car of the future."

The luxury trio of premium carmakers wasn’t the only one to infuse CES 2015 with cars that sport extra connectivity features or self-driving options, which is why we decided to put together a short list featuring the most important cars and automotive technologies presented at the show in Las Vegas. Some are simply rehashed variants of existing vehicles, while others are futuristic thingamajigs that we will only see on the roads in the third decade or so of the new millennium. Either way, prepare for a concentrated dose of innovative means of transportation and automotive technology.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 CES.

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BMW Reveals Santa's New Ride: Video

BMW Reveals Santa’s New Ride: Video

None of us still believe that Santa Claus actually exists, but on the off chance that he does, BMW is setting him up with a holiday ride to get his Christmas deliveries done as quickly as possible. With apologies to Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, Santa looks pretty good behind the wheel of a 2015 BMW M4, doesn’t he?

Granted, the new BMW sports coupe isn’t going to help him shoot down chimneys or climb back up them, but with the M4, he won’t have to anymore. All he has to do is park on the street, climb inside a presumably open window, and then walk out of the front door.

Then he can go back to the M4, bring the car’s 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine to life, pump the pedal to feel the throaty roar of the engine’s 425 horsepower and 408 pound-feet of torque under the hood, and proceed to his next destination.

Sure, Rudolph and company can fly, but whatever; Santa Claus’ cool factor will be multiplied exponentially if he starts driving the M4. Maybe he’ll leave that M4 at the TopSpeed offices before heading back to the North Pole...

Pretty please, Saint Nick?

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10 Best Cars of 2014

10 Best Cars of 2014

With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.

As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.

Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?

Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

I’ve always had a fondness for AC Schnitzer. The German aftermarket company is one of the best BMW tuners in the world and it looks to solidify that reputation with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Lots of other companies and groups have started to tune BMW’s new mid-szie coupe, but AC Schnitzer has that extra experience and legacy that makes it one of the most well-known on the market.

AC Schnitzer’s history with the German automaker is as long as it is rich. If there’s one tuner you’d want working on a BMW, especially one that is as new and as popular as the 4 Series, it’s AC Schnitzer. There are new visual upgrades, aerodynamic tweaks, and a host of performance improvements.

You’re going to need to check it out for yourself, but trust me; you’re not going to be disappointed.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Parts

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Parts

It really was just a matter of time before the BMW 4 Series Convertible received the same BMW M Performance parts as its coupe brother. It surprisingly took more than a year for that to happen — the 4 Series Coupe received its goodies in July 2013 — but better late than never, right?

The modifications bear a lot of similarities to the M Performance parts on the 4 Series Coupe and while that shouldn’t come as a surprise, BMW could have used a little more spice in decking out the convertible version with new goodies from its own M division. At least that’s my take on it.

For what it is worth, the 4 Series Convertible does come away with a handful of M Performance upgrades. They’re mostly of the aesthetic variety on the exterior and interior, but there are also subtle performance modifications in the pipeline, including a new sports muffler and engine upgrades.

My guess is that these M Performance parts are just the start of more in-house upgrades on the 4 Series Convertible. The model’s popularity among buyers will likely sway BMW into expanding its offerings for all variants of the 4 Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series Convertible With M Performance Parts.

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2014 BMW 435IX By Best-Tuning

2014 BMW 435IX By Best-Tuning

Oh, look. There’s another German aftermarket company that has prepared a program for the BMW 4 Series. At this rate, we’re probably going to see enough aftermarket programs to fill up an entire catalog. Not that it’s a problem, given the 4 Series is nothing short of awesome. This is exactly why so many tuning firms are jumping all over it. And now we have the German aftermarket company Best-Tuning, which is known for its works on Bavaria’s finest.

Since its founding in 1997, Best-Tuning has created a laundry list of tuning kits for cars and motorcycles. Its latest work on the 4 Series follows up on that tradition, even though the lack of any aesthetic upgrades won’t win it any style points from us.But who thinks the 4 Series lacks so badly that it actually needs aesthetic enhancements?

Even without the styling upgrades, this program is far from a dud. Actually, it’s got some nice qualities to it, although not to the extent of what other aftermarket firms have developed for BMW’s newest eye candy.

Best-Tuning did do some serious work improving the 4 Series’ performance capabilities, including a mild engine tune and some chassis upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 435IX By Best-Tuning.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 015 LIVE- "Chewing a lot of Gumballs"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 015 LIVE- "Chewing a lot of Gumballs"

Happy Thursday, welcome back to the TopSpeed Podcast.

This week’s show includes talks about Justin’s time with the BMW 435i, Mark’s experience with the Toyota Avalon, and I talk about the insanity that was the American leg of the Gumball 3000.

We continue the supercar talk with Mark’s take on the American trio of Viper, Corvette and Z/28, and you get to hear our thoughts on the crazy diesel powered BMW X6 M50d.

We also spend some talking about the tragic events surrounding the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan, and we talk about just what GM’s "Zora" trademark could mean for the future of Corvette.

After all that, we give our answers to your questions and no episode of the TopSpeed Podcast would be complete without Own, Drive, Burn. This week features a trio of classic muscle.

If there is something special you want to see us talk about, drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, hit us up on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast — we follow back – or leave us a comment below.

We want to send out an extra-special thank you to those of you who watched our shenanigans live earlier today. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

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Join us for our first-ever LIVE TopSpeed Podcast!

Join us for our first-ever LIVE TopSpeed Podcast!

***We will start this party at approximately 0945 US EASTERN TIME***

Ladies and Gentleman, you are invited to join us for a special early-week TopSpeed Podcast. The best part? It is totally live. Feel free to click the play button on the YouTube video to hang out with us; you can even chat and comment live to give us feedback and ask us questions.

I know the show is a few days early, but I have a special announcement to make. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves lots of horsepower and an epic road trip. You have to watch to see what the announcement is.

Beyond the special announcement, we are going to talk about Justin’s drive of the new 4-Series, the new McLaren P13 GT and the future of solar powered roads.

Mark is also going to regale us with tales of his time with the Chrysler Town & Country, and then we plan on discussing the changed coming to the 2015 Nissan Frontier and then we plan on covering the crazy Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept.

We may have another piece of news or two, and of course we will have viewer questions, and a round of Own, Drive, Burn.

Click that play button and hang out!

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Quick Comparison: 2014 BMW 435i M Sport Vs. 2014 Audi S5

Quick Comparison: 2014 BMW 435i M Sport Vs. 2014 Audi S5

Every now and again, we get invites to quick test-drive events, and for the most part we simply ignore them. But when BMW invited us to test out the new 435i M Sport along with its nearest competitor, the 2014 Audi S5, I would have been nuts to say "no." In one corner is the newest Bimmer with 300 horses coming from its TwinPower Turbo I-6 and all the cool little M Sport bits — brakes, wheels, suspension, etc. In the other corner is the tried-and-true Audi S5 with 333 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque.

This battle of German midsize coupes also includes a battle of power-generating philosophies. From Bimmer you have the new-age twin-scroll turbocharging system and from Audi you have the old, faithful supercharger. Many years ago there was no contest between the two, because the supercharger had no lag, while older turbos had serious lag issues, resulting in slower initial launches while the exhaust gases get the turbo spooling. The introduction of twin-scroll turbocharging and BMW’s perfection of the technology has rendered this a non-issue.

Both the 435i and the S5 are outstanding rigs and do the job of combining performance and luxury well without pushing the bounds of comfort like the wild RS5 and M4. But which one is the victor in this quick, five-mile-long test in city traffic?

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2015 BMW Individual 4 Series Gran Coupe

2015 BMW Individual 4 Series Gran Coupe

It’s common knowledge that BMW doesn’t waste any time when it comes to applying its Individual treatment to most of its brand-new releases, so we’re not at all surprise that the Germans have rolled out the details for the entire 4 Series lineup.

Since we’ve already seen the Coupe and Convertible versions receive their unique exterior colors and exclusive interior tweaks earlier this year, time has come to take a look at what BMW Individual has in stock for the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the sole four-door member of the 4 Series family.

As with most Individual creations, the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be had with an array of special body wraps, either metallic or matte. Customers that are into the metallic look can order it in Citrine Black, Tansanite Blue, Pyrite Brown or Moonstone. The special pigmentations of these paints will allow the 4 Series Gran Coupe to display different nuances depending on light conditions and perspective.

Moving over to matte hues, which are produced in a special painting process used exclusively by the BMW Group, four more shades are available: Frozen Brilliant White, Frozen Grey, Frozen Bronze and Frozen Cashmere Silver. Each vehicle can also be fitted with a set of BMW Individual light-alloy wheels. The rims come in 19-inch sizes and feature a V-spoke design.

Updated 05/26/2014: After being announced about one month ago, BMW finally released information on this cool 4 Series Gran Coupe specially customized by BMW Individual.

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2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept

After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.

Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.

Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.

At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe, albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.

Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.

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2014 BMW Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible

2014 BMW Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible

It’s good to be the BMW 4 Series these days. It’s only been a few months since the model was released and already, it’s getting a lot of attention from racing teams and aftermarket companies. So it’s no surprise that theGeneva Motor Show was the scene for some tuners to showcase their first offerings for the 4 Series. Technically, BMW tuner extraordinaire Alpina already presented its program for the BMW 4 Series Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

But nobody said anything about the 4 Series Convertible, right?

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible.

Befitting its philosophy of tuning sophistication, Alpine put in serious work on the 4 Series Convertible, turning it into one of its own to go with its distinctive B4 Bi-Turbo name.

This all looks and sounds pretty impressive to us, but that’s no shock from Alpina.

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World Car of the Year Candidates Officially Announced

Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show. Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Individual

2014 BMW 4 Series Individual

BMW has spread its Individual treatment to the recently launched 4 Series Coupe and Convertible models. Few details were revealed about this new package, but the first images posted on BMW’s Facebook page show us that the two models will be released very soon.

Just like with all the other BMW Individual models, the package applied to the 4 Series models will increase the luxury and the sportiness of the models already awesome 4 Series.

For the 4 Series coupe, BMW offers a Citrine Black metallic paint job combined with19-inch light alloy wheels in "V-spoke 626 l" design. Though these rims appear to be the only modification on the outside, BMW did spend a good bit of time on the Individual’s interior.

On the inside, the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe is offered with a fine-grain Merino leather trim in Gold Brown and a BMW Individual Plane Auburn trimmed in dark fine wood, which is similar to what we saw in the BMW Concept 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 4 Series Coupe and Convertible.

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Spy Shots: BMW M4 Convertible Testing in Snowy Sweden

The new BMW M4 Coupe made its North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and while we were busy gawking over it, BMW engineers took the M4 convertible version out for some cold weather testing in Sweden.

The prototype caught testing is still heavily camouflaged, which seems pretty odd because the M4 Convertible shouldn’t look any different than the coupe version; well, except when you drop the retractable hard top.

Under its hood, the M4 Convertible will borrow the 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine from its coupe sibling that delivers 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 5,500 rpm. Performance figures should be within a few tenths of a second of the coupe’s numbers — the extra few tenths are due to the additional weight from the convertible hardware.

Expect the BMW M4 Convertible to be unveiled in the upcoming months.

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2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars, luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder, respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4, which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Alfa Romeo 4C Jaguar F-Type Coupe Mclaren P1 Ferrari La Ferrari Porsche 918 Spyder BMW i8 Cadillac CTS Maserati Ghibli Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by Hamann

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by Hamann

You can always leave it up to Hamann to churn out aftermarket programs for cars that are affordable enough to own, yet still possesses that incredible look to make the power upgrades all worth the price in the end.

Such is the case with the program the German tuner built for the BMW 4 Series Coupe. At a starting price of just over $41,000, the 4er won’t burn holes on your pockets, so owning one isn’t that difficult to do. But having one in your garage is only the first part of the equation to thoroughly enjoying the spoils of the 4 Series.

That’s where Hamann comes into the picture, or to be more specific the myriad of performance kits it has developed for the sports coupe. It’s an extensive list that covers a large boat of trim levels for the 4 Series.

For the 420d/420d xDrive, power spikes from 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 216 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the 430d, you get the treat of seeing the standard 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque increase to 295 horses and 446 pound-feet. If you have the 435d xDrive, you receive the most powerful tuned 4 Series of the lot, thanks to a new output of 355 ponies and 512 pound-feet of torque.

Far be it to leave the ’i’ models alone, Hamann also gave them their own line of power boosts, led by the 420i/420i xDrive TwinPower, which now has 208 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, up from the stock 184 ponies and 199 pound-feet of torque. Then, there’s the 428i/428i xDrive TwinPower models, both of which now get 272 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque from the stock 245 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Finally, the 435i/435i xDrive TwinPower models come into the picture, boasting 348 ponies and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase from the 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet output of the standard model.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupè

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupè

We have known for quite some time that Bimmer’s naming system is slowly morphing to cover nearly every number from 1 through 10. It began with the 1 Series and 2 Series, and now moved into the 4 Series.

Here’s the low down on all of that. The 1 Series, once everything is said and done, will only feature sedans. The 1 Series coupe and convertible are now the 2 Series. Finally, the 3 Series now features only sedans, and the 4 Series takes over the midsize coupe and convertible markets to replace the 3 Series coupe and convertible.

Well, now there is a new wrinkle in the whole 4 Series lineup that will likely make your head spin, and that is the 4 Series Gran Coupè. Sure, it has four-doors and many of us automatically figure that is a sedan, but BMW, Mercedes and Audi like to call sleek sedans on sporty platform coupès and who are we to argue with them?

Updated 02/03/2014: BMW released the first details on the new 4 Series Gran Coupe before the car’s world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. On the U.S. market the new 4 Series Gran Coupe will be priced from $41,225 for the 428i version.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer

A highlight of the 2013 Essen Motor Show is the TUNE IT! SAFE! car and this year, the Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT) has introduced the BMW 4 Series-based ACS4 2.8i Coupe.

The Bimmer coupe was worked on by AC Schnitzer, hence the familiar nomenclature, and comes with a steady diet of aftermarket upgrades that would make the the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development really proud.

It’s an extensive project, just like previous TUNE IT! SAFE! models and appropriate for an event like Essen. The ACS4 2.8i Coupe comes with a number of new aero components from AC Schnitzer, including a front and rear spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Adding to those new items to the exterior are a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook 245/30ZR21 Ventus S1 evo tires and an adjustable race-spec suspension that not only lowers the height of the coupe by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also gives it improved stability in the event the police car is used for law-enforcing purposes.

For the interior, AC Schnitzer continued with its functional modifications on the 4 Series Coupe. None of the upgrades will blow your socks off, but for what they’re worth, the new floor mats, key holder, and aluminum gear knob, foot rest, handbrake handle, and pedal set all represent upgrades in their own right.

Under the hood of this specially-prepared 4 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer did a sizable performance bump, increasing the output of the sports car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine from 245 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 294 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With these new numbers, the sports coupe can now hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, 50 to 112 mph in 12.7 seconds. Top speed is still limited to 155 mph, though, so that’s a little disappointing.

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Spy shots: BMW 4 Series GranCoupe M Sport

While BMW is busy revealing the first details on the upcoming 4 Series Convertible, our spy photographers were busy taking some photos of the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe. And we are not talking about an ordinary 4 Series Gran Coupe, but one painted in a very cool Estoril Blue and featuring the M Sport package.

As you can see the prototype wears little camouflage and mainly in the parts that are going to be updated by the M Sport Package. Basically the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be similar to the series 4 Series Coupe, with a slightly longer roofline and the extra pair of doors.

Internally known as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will borrow pretty much everything from its coupe brother, including the exterior design language, the engines and transmissions.

The new 4 Series Gran Coupe is expected to be unveiled in 2014 with production starting after the summer.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe, the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.

The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.

For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

When it comes to updating Bimmers, AC Schnitzer does some of the the most incredible work. Its latest kit announced for the 4 Series Coupe is no exception to the norm. Though this is not the first upgrade announced for BMW’s latest coupe, the package revealed today by AC Schnitzer is definitely the coolest yet.

As usual, the tuner’s upgrades can be applied to the entire 4 Series lineup, and it includes updates nearly every aspect of the car.

The tuner started its work under the hood where it opted to improve both the gasoline and diesel models. The base 428i sees an improvement from 245 to 294 horsepower, while top gasoline model — the 435i — goes from 306 to 360 horsepower. For the diesel variant — the 420d — the output jumps from 184 to 218 horsepower. Along with the engine upgrades, the 4 Series’ exhaust system also gets an update, with new sports rear silencer that features two chromed "Racing" tailpipes.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by JMS

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe by JMS

Believe it not, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is set to receive its first upgrade kit. The German tuner, JMS, offers up this kit for the upcoming 4 Series Coupe, which is set to hit the Market in October. For now updates are kept to a minimum and are still in the computer-generation phase, but JMS promised that in the near future, it will also offer a new exhaust system, more exterior upgrades and some tuning, via performance chipping.

For now, customers will have to be satisfied with what BMW offers from factory. The 4 Series’ factory offerings start out with the 428i, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower. To date, the top model is the 435i, which features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter, in-line-six engine with 300 horsepower.

JMS’ upgrade kit will be available in early 2014, and it includes an updated exterior look, new wheels and an updated suspension.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4 Series GranCoupe Starts Losing its Camo

While most of the world is waiting for the official unveiling of the production version BMW i8, BMW engineers are busy testing cars that we are not going to see just yet; like this 4 Series GranCoupe caught in less camo then ever before.

When compared to the 3 Series GT, the new 4 Series GranCoupe rides much lower and has a more elegant body that is sleek and sexy.

The exterior of the new 4 Series GranCoupe will combine design elements recently unveiled by the 4 Series Coupe with a four-door coupe-like look. The engine lineup will also be shared with the recently launched 4 Series Coupe and, depending on the market, will include both gasoline and diesel engines.

Expect the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe to arrive in 2014 as a 2015 model.

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BMW Raffling Off a 2014 428i at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

BMW Raffling Off a 2014 428i at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The 2013 running of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just keeps getting better with every passing hour as we approach the start of the show. BMW has just announced that it will be at Pebble Beach in full effect with the 2013 Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupè, which will make this the North American debut for this concept, and a BMW 507 Roadster, which only made its way to 250 lucky owners through the late 1950s.

While those two tidbits of information are awesome in their own right, the big news has something to do with a slightly newer model. Yes, the all-new 2014 BMW 428i will make its way to the Concours and BMW will actually be raffling off the brand-new coupe. That’s right, one lucky spectator will have a free 428i with the Sportline Premium Package in tow delivered to his or her home in January 2014. The estimated value of the total package is about $50k.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (831) 455-4712 or by downloading the entry form here and emailing, faxing or mailing the form. The raffle tickets are $100 each and you do not need to be in attendance to win the vehicle. Simply check off the "I will NOT be present" box on the form or alert the operator you speak to on the phone that you will not be in Pebble Beach. Only 2,000 raffle tickets will be offered, so you had better get to sending in your forms or dialing your phone.

To boot, the money collected from the raffle will go to supporting abused, neglected and abandoned children by way of the Kinship Center.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4 Series Convertible M Sport Looks Great in Red

Now that the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is out and live, we are simply waiting for the convertible version to come.

Of course, there will be no surprises when it finally debuts, but we are still happy that our our spy photographers sent us these sweet spy shots that reveal the 4 Series Convertible in a stunning Melbourne Red hue and featuring the M Sport Package.

It looks like the engineers took the car out for a testing session at high altitude and since it was a sunny day, they were kind enough to open the top for our spy shooters.

As no surprise, the 4 Series Convertible will share its technology with its hard-top brethren, including the engine lineup, the transmissions and the equipment features. The M Sport package will make it look a little more aggressive and prepares us for the upcoming M4 Convertible.

BMW will put the new BMW 4 Series Convertible into production by the end of 2013.

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Video: Chris Harris Reviews the BMW 435i

Video: Chris Harris Reviews the BMW 435i

While most of us we have only seen pictures of the new BMW 4 Series, Chris Harris was a little bit more lucky. He was invited to Portugal where he had the chance to test the new 435i. Yes, a 306-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive Bimmer — sadly, it’s not the one that included the M Performance Parts.

A little refresher course on the 435i for those of you who do not remember; the 435i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six engine with 306 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The 435i hits 60 mph in about 5 seconds with the standard eight-speed automatic and 5.3 seconds with the six-speed manual. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

After testing it, Harris reviewed the 435i as a "very good performance car, but a little bit ordinary." Do you agree with him?

When BMW handed Harris the keys to the 435i the representatives said "No drifting, please." So, do you think did Harris resist the temptation? Check the video to find out!

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe M Performance Parts

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe M Performance Parts

With the 2014 4 Series Coupe finally made official and Bimmer outlining all of the juicy details, we were simply in a holding pattern waiting for the mighty M4. Well, BMW hasn’t released that just yet, but it has unveiled a 4 Series model bearing all of the M Performance parts available for the new model during a press event in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sure, this isn’t a 400-plus horsepower coupe, but the grouping of M Performance Parts hanging on the base 4 Series helps give us idea just what the M4 will look like. From the first details, we know that the M Division will offer up a full aero kit in carbon fiber, a fancy set of rims, a few interior updates and even a mild performance hike across the 4 Series range.

So, is this kit actually worth the king’s ransom that BMW will likely charge for it?

Click past the jump to read our review of the M Performance Parts kit to find out

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2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible M-Sport

2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible M-Sport

Earlier this year, BMW took a 4 Series Coupe equipped with the M Sport package out for some testing sessions and now it’s the convertible’s turn to don the same M-Sport look. The prototype caught testing by our spy photographers is painted Melbourne Red and was caught testing just outside the BMW Workshop at the Nürburgring in Germany.

The Convertible version of the new 4 Series model is expected to arrive in the next few weeks and will be put into production at the end of 2013. The model will adopt the same look we have seen in the coupe version, except of course the fixed roof.

Under the 4 Series’ hood, we will also see an engine lineup similar to the coupe version, with the American market receiving two different alternatives: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six engine with 300 horsepower.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe

Now that we have finally seen the next-generation BMW 3 Series, it’s time to focus on the coupe version of the model, AKA the 4 Series Coupe. First details on the new 4 Series Coupe have just been released and the production will start in July 2013.

When thinking about the new 4 Series Coupe, think of it as a small 6 Series with design elements inspired by the 3 Series sedan. When compared to the model it replaces, the 4 Series Coupe is larger in width and wheelbase and sits considerably lower to the road.

Everything else on the new 4 Series Coupe is clearly inspired by the 3 Series sedan, including the double-kidney grille, headlights and engine lineup.

The 4 Series Coupe will be followed by a convertible model shortly.

Update 06/14/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Update 07/01/2013: BMW has dropped a first product film video for the new 4-Series Coupe, showing the car in action in some engaging surroundings. Enjoy!

Update 07/09/2013: BMW U.S.A. dropped the official configurator for the new 4 Series Coupe. You can go online and play, and also create the sports coupe of your dreams. You can also click past the jump and learn prices for the packages and options.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4 Series Convertible Loses Some Clothes

Yesterday we brought you the first spy shots of a BMW 4 Series Coupe equipped with the M-Sport package. As no surprise, where BMW is testing the coupe version, a convertible version isn’t too far away. Our spy photographers caught this 4-Series Convertible testing somewhere in Germany and, just like its coupe brother, it has also started to strip.

The 2014 4 Series Convertible will be offered as a cheaper alternative to the 6 Series Convertible and hopes to attract younger buyers. It will combine design elements from the latest generation 3 Series, with the aggressive look of a 6 Series, but with more squared-off headlights and larger eyebrows.

Under the hood, BMW will use the same engine lineup as in the coupe. This means U.S. customers will have to choose between a 428i with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter; or a 435i, which should come with a 306-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder.

Production is said to start at the Regensburg plant in November.

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BMW Wants Us To Guess What Car This Is

BMW Wants Us To Guess What Car This Is

BMW has earned a reputation for being one of the most socially in tune automakers out there. Time and time again, we’ve seen BMW involve its fans in some way. Whether its through promos, Twitter contests, or even the occasional social marketing endeavor, the German automaker knows how to tap into its fans and get their feedback.

It certainly looks like BMW is going on that route again with the release of a teaser sketch of a future BMW model on its Facebook page. The company didn’t release any specific details on what car this is, opting only to pose the question (in German): "Welcher BMW ist hier in einer frühen Design-Skizze zu sehen?"

Translated in English, the question means "Which BMW is seen here in an early design sketch?"

Obviously, speculation has run rampant on what model this is. Based on its looks, we’re venturing a guess that this could be the upcoming 4-Series GranCoupe. The dimensions appear to be there, including the low roofline and the front fascia is similar to what the renderings, sketches, and spy shots of the 4-Series.

Hopefully, BMW provides us with the answer to its own question sooner than later.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series GranCoupe Caught Testing in Sweden

Most of Europe is waiting for the first days of spring; so, many automakers are taking advantages of the last days of winter to get in some cold-weather testing. BMW for example, has taken out the Gran Coupe version of the upcoming 4-Series for some winter testing in the cold regions of Sweden.

The new 4-Series is aiming squarely at the Audi A5 and S5, so BMW is building a whole range of models for its new 4-Series family. Following the Coupe and Convertible models, the company will also prepare a sportier looking four-door model - aka the 4 series Gran Coupe.

The model will be offered with the same engines as the coupe version, meaning there will be a choice of four engines - two gasoline-powered units and two diesel units - with the most powerful version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.

With its unorthodox body style, the new 4-Series Gran Coupe will turn its sights to the A5 Sportback and we expect to see an M4 Gran Coupe as well at some point.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Convertible Goes Topless in the Snow

Usually when you open your car’s top, you are looking to enjoy a sunny day. In Europe, however, spring is running a little behind schedule and there is still a lot of snow. This didn’t stop the guys over at BMW, who decided to take the Convertible version of the new BMW 4-Series out for a testing session. They opened the roof and enjoyed... well, the cold.

The new 4-Series will be a cheaper alternative of the larger 6-Series Convertible and will combine design elements from both the 6-Series and the 3-Series. It will distinguish itself with more squared-off headlights and larger eyebrows, plus the new 3D kidney grille. The 4-Series convertible lineup will include the 428i, which will likely come with a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 435i, which should come with a 306-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.

The new BMW 4-Series Convertible will be unveiled in late 2013 and will enter production in November 2013.

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Spy Shots: The 2014 BMW 4-Series Coupe Reveals its Interior

The upcoming coupe version of the new BMW 4-Series has been caught testing one more time, and this time our spy photographers also managed to catch a shot of the interior. Also, the new prototypes reveal the functioning air vent in the front fender.

Set to replace the coupe and convertible version of the new 3-Series, the 4-Series will be a little smaller than the 6-Series, but with design elements inspired by the 3-Series. Spy shots have also revealed that the vehicle will be a few inches longer than the sedan version and will feature a more aggressive front end with the new exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.

Under the hood, the model will keep the lineup found in the 3-Series: a choice of four engines - two petrol units and two diesels - with the top version being the 435i with an output of 306 horsepower.

The new BMW 4-Series Coupe will be put into production in July 2013, so the official launch date is getting closer.

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4-Series Image may Have Been Leaked Ahead of its Debut

4-Series Image may Have Been Leaked Ahead of its Debut

The BMW 4-Series Convertible is still months away from its official debut, but what appears to be the first official images of the car has already leaked on the internet. The grainy image reveals a convertible model with a body design pretty much identical to the concept we saw last month in Detroit, except the roof of course.

The convertible version is codenamed F33 and will share most of its design elements with the coupe version, with the major difference being the three-piece metal folding roof top.

Just like with all the other BMW models, the new 4-Series convertible will be offered with a classic rear-wheel drive system or an optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. The engine lineup will be similar to the one offered in the 3-Series sedan and customers will have a choice of both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Expect the new BMW 4-Series Convertible to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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Spy shots: BMW 4-Series Coupe Drops Some Coverage

We haven’t heard anything about the production version of the BMW 4-Series Coupe ever since the company unveiled the concept version at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car during a break in testing.

As you can see, next to it there was an Audi A5 Coupe, meaning that BMW likely wanted to see how the coupe version of the 4-Series would stack up to its key competitor.

When compared to the 3-Series sedan version, the upcoming 4-Series will be a few inches longer and will feature a more aggressive front end that will transform the coupe into a very sporty model. Still, you should expect the same three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and the headlamps we have seen in the new generation 3-Series sedan.

Under the hood, BMW will place the latest four- and six-cylinder engines, including a new 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

Expect the new BMW 4-Series Coupe to arrive later this year.

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2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept

2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept

We already know that beginning with the next-generation 3-Series, the coupe and the convertible versions will no longer be offered as a 3-Series model. Instead, BMW will add a new model to its lineup known as the 4-Series.

We are all eagerly anticipating a production version of the 4-Series to show up soon, but BMW will start off with a little teasing, as it will first release a concept model. The 4-Series concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and BMW has just released the first official details of the upcoming concept.

The new 4-Series will take its design inspiration from the 6-Series Coupe and it will offer "greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation" from the 3-Series. It will also be longer and feature a lowered roof line.

BMW offered no details on the engine lineup just yet, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan.

Update 12/7/2012: BMW has just launched a video outlining the all-new BMW 4-Series Concept with higher ups at Bimmer talking about the improvements of the new Coupe.

UPDATE 02/18/13: Leave it to BMW to leave us dumbfounded about a new promo video for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe. It’s in German, which we don’t really understand, but a quick browse through Google Translate seems to suggest that the promo video is saying the that the 4-Series Coupe is "the Ultimate Driving Machine". And who are we to disagree. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.

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BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept to debut at 2013 Detroit Show

It looks like BMW will also be unveiling a concept version of the upcoming 4-Series Coupe next to the X4 Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. With about two months left before the car’s official debut, the upcoming 4-Series Coupe has been caught in production form and nearly fully uncovered somewhere in Munich, Germany while being loaded for transport to an internal presentation.

When compared to the current E92 3-Series coupe, the F32 features a sleeker roofline with a more fastback shaped tail end, but not as dramatic as in the Audi A7. The rear quarter windows have also been elongated, but the most visible styling embellishment is the front quarter panel vent, which not only adds a sporty visual flair, but also appears to be an actual functional vent. While the front end is still camouflaged, we expect to see wider and sleeker headlamps which, just like with the 3-Series sedan, will connect with the grille.

The model caught in these pictures is the 435i (or 440i) Sport Line. As you can see, the visible parts of the front bumper show differences from the F30 Sport Line front bumper and there is also a different exhaust system. There is a more prominent center U shaped trim piece which dips down from the inside of the air vents and forms a prominent lip below the license plate area. It also looks to be either black or carbon fiber. The car sits on 19" M Sport Wheels wrapped in 225 tires up front and 255 at the rear.

The next 4-Series Coupe will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter twin-turbo in-line 4-cylinder for the base version and the successor for the current N55 twin-turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine for the top version. Both engines will be available with either a manual transmission or 8-speed automatic, and both should also be available with xDrive.

After the BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept is unveiled in January, production will begin in the spring of 2013. The convertible version will follow later in 2013.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe out for its first testing session

There have been many speculations about the future existence of the Gran Coupe version of the upcoming 4-Series, but now there’s confirmation in the form of its very first testing session. This prototype was initially thought to be a 3-Series GT, but after a closer look, it was obvious that this is indeed the future 4-Series GranCoupe - codenamed F36.

As these spy shots reveal, the lower front end is similar to the one seen in the 4-Series Coupe, while the roof line is lower and the trunk is different. The next 4-Series will feature the lowest and sleekest roofline, followed by the slightly taller F30 sedan, and then the GT.

When compared to the F30 sedan, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will get a few centimeters added to its overall length. The model will top the 3-Series/4-Series range just as the 6-Series Gran Coupe does for the 5-Series/6-Series range. Like the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will be the flagship of the non-M series line and will be priced accordingly.

Like the 6-Series Gran Coupe, the 4-Series Gran Coupe will combine the convenience of a 4-door model (and larger rear passenger cabin) with the sleek roofline and silhouette of a coupe. Its design language and engine line-up will be shared with the upcoming 4-Series coupe.

Expect to see the new BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe launched sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Convertible caught testing with the top down

Starting in the 2013 model year, BMW will stop offering a 3-Series Coupe and Convertible. Instead the new models will wear the 4-Series moniker, while the 3-Series name will only be kept for the sedan and station wagon. BMW is currently under intense testing of the future 4-Series Convertible and in the past few months, we have brought out plenty of spy shots. And the spy shots keep coming. This series of spy shots capture the future 4-Series Convertible with its top down so we can have a better look at the interior.

The 4-Series Convertible will be placed under the 6-Series Convertible in terms of price, but it will combine design elements from the 5-Series and 6-Series, as well as carry the now famous BMW wide kidney grille. Under the hood, the new model will feature the latest four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel units found in the BMW lineup, including the new 245 HP 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

Expect to see the new BMW 4-Series Convertible launched in 2013.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Convertible shows off its roof mechanism

The upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible has been caught topless before, but now the spy images that were captured show off the details of the vehicle’s roof mechanism. Just like the current 3-Series Convertible (E93), these photos officially confirm that BMW has decided to go with the folding hard top mechanism.

The BMW 4-Series Convertible is still heavily camouflaged, hiding most of the lines, but according to some inside information, the front end will differ from the recently announced F30 3-Series sedan and will be more sculptured and sportier. In fact, rumors say that the new 4-Series will take most of its design elements from the5-Series and 6-Series, but with more squared-off headlights and larger eyebrows.

Rumors also say that the 4-Series will be offered with the latest four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel units found in the BMW lineup, including the new 245bhp 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

The new BMW 4-Series Convertible will be launched sometime in 2013 and will go on sale as a 2014 model.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Convertible Struts its Stuff in the Snow Again

The convertible version of the new generation BMW 3-Series is out in the wintry climate again to finish up some of its testing and our spy photographers were able to grab up a few more images. Technically, the future model will be wearing the 4-Series nomenclature, just like its coupe variant.

Despite the heavy camouflage, these images show that the upcoming 4-Series Convertible will feature a front end that differs slightly from the 3-Series sedan. Similarities between the models will more than likely be seen under the hood, where the 4-Series will get a range of four- and six-cylinder engines The most powerful engine will be the 3.0 liter version that will deliver about 306 HP.

Expect the new BMW 4-Series to be revealed sometime in 2013, with sales to begin in 2014. Considering that the new M3 will be shown as a sedan first, we expect to see an M version for both the 4-Series Coupe and Convertible shortly after the debut of the standard version.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Coupe caught testing again

BMW is playing around with its lineup these days, providing a couple of models with different names, depending on their body styles. The first to get that differentiation was the 3-Series, with the sedan and station wagon versions keeping the 3-Series name and the coupe and convertible getting tagged as 4-Series models. The BMW 3-Series sedan has already debuted, but the coupe and convertible models are still undergoing testing proven by the new series of spy shots for the upcoming 4-Series Coupe.

The future BMW 4-Series Coupe will be a smaller version of the current 6-Series with design elements borrowed from its 3-Series sedan brother. But the fact that it is a coupe model will make it sportier and more aggressive. The model will be immediately recognized as a BMW thanks to the usual design features: new-style exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.

Under the hood of the 4-Series, BMW will place the same engines as in the sedan version - including two petrol and two diesel - with output going up to 306 HP for the most powerful version - the 435i.

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Spy Shots: BMW 4-Series Convertible Drops its Top

As many already know, BMW will be dropping the 3-Series name for its future coupe and convertible models and using the 4-Series nomenclature as a replacement. We’ve already seen spy shots of the upcoming 4-Series Coupe, but now its convertible variant has also been caught testing. From these images we can see that the new drop top model will retain the same folding hardtop as the current 3-Series Convertible and will debut shortly after the Coupe.

The future 4-Series Convertible will utilize an engine line-up similar to that of the 3-Series sedan, meaning the latest four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel units in BMW’s lineup. This includes the new 245bhp 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine as well.

The 4-Series’ design will borrow elements from the 5-Series and 6-Series models, but with larger, more squared-off headlights. The wide kidney grille will also have a 3D look to match that of the latest BMW models.

The BMW 4-Series Convertible will be revealed in 2013 and will be followed by an M version shortly thereafter.

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Spy Shots: The future BMW 4-Series Coupe finally reveals itself

In order to grab Audi by the rings, BMW is expanding the number of variants for its already popular models, including the recently launched 3-Series. The newly minted sedan is getting its very own coupe version, but rumor has it that this new model will be dubbed the 4-Series and was recently captured by our spy photographers.

There’s not much to know about the 4-Series just yet, but it looks as though it will be a smaller version of the 6-Series with a design language inspired by the 3-Series with a sportier character. The vehicle will be a few inches longer than the sedan version and will feature a more aggressive front end with the new-style exposed, three-dimensional BMW double kidney grille and a larger rear window.

Under the hood, BMW will place a choice of four engines - two petrol and two diesel - including the new 245bhp 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol and the more powerful 435i engine with an output of 306 HP. As with all the other BMW models, all-wheel-drive xDrive versions will be available as well.

When the new BMW 4-Series goes on sale in 2013, it will be looking to take over the Audi A5 Sportback’s piece of the market.

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