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BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG went to Palm Springs, CA to test the new 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.  The latest addition to the 4 Series family and the second Gran Coupe in the current line-up made its debut earlier this year to fill a niche segment with the likes of Au...

BMWBLOG went to Palm Springs, CA to test the new 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.  The latest addition to the 4 Series family and the second Gran Coupe in the current line-up made its debut earlier this year to fill a niche segment with the likes of Audi A5 Sportback. We spent three days driving the 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe in varying roads and topography of the desert South West. During the same time, we took the elegant 4 Gran Coupe through Mountain Ranges surrounding Palm Springs heading up to Joshua Tree National Park. We also hit Pioneertown, an old Western Movie Set Town built in the 1940s. Just outside of Pioneertown are some incredible twisting rising and dropping mountain roads.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

DESIGN BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is based on the gorgeous, athletic lines of the 4 Series Coupe. The 4 Series Gran Coupe shares the same wheel base, length and width of the same great handling 4 Series Coupe, but in order to make the four-door coupe, BMW carries out the roofline an extra 4.4 inches. The Gran Coupe does add 12 mm to the overall height of the car for rear seat passengers. The rear  appears to have a regular trunk but lift it open and the “trunk” portion along with the rear back glass lift up. DRIVING EXPERIENCE

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Though the 4 Series Gran Coupe weighs 115 lbs more than the two-door coupe, both the two and four-door coupes manage a 0-60 in the same 5.7 seconds. So we took the Gran Coupe to some tight switch back roads to see what is made of. After an extensive and spirited drive, we found the chassis of the 4 Series Gran Coupe to be very composed. Just like all the new BMWs, the settings of Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and EcoPro are present.  Each setting changes efficiency level, shift points, pedal feel, as well as suspension and steering. In the quick switch backs of the mountains, the Sport Plus was an absolute blast.   These new M Sport Steering Wheels are prefect – just the right thickness in the hand, the shifting paddles in perfect reach allowing us to also easily control our Bluetooth streaming music.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The only transmission available for the 4 Series Gran Coupe in the United States is the ZF 8 speed “steptronic” transmission. And just as always, the ZF gearbox impresses us. It rips off super quick shifts with the steering wheel shift paddles and this rapid shifting was very helpful keeping the turbo spooled up in the corners. We found the wider rear track of the 4 Series to give the car more rear end grip when powering out of those tight corners. Steering feels the same as it does in the 4 Series Coupe, meaning it’s well weighted and very precise. It’s not the same as BMWBLOG’s 1M or E92 M3’s hydraulic units, but the electric steering is no longer distracting.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Powering the 4 Series Gran Coupe are the two stalwart motors for BMW in the US, the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder and the N55 3.0 liter inline six.  They are both turbocharged, have direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. Though lost is the old rumble of the inline six motors, the N20 four-cylinder has a character of its own and just pulls and pulls through the hills. It produces a veritable 240 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque available from a low 1250 rpm. The 0-60 MPH time for the 428i Gran Coupe is 5.7 seconds. Add all-wheel drive and the associated weight to the four-cylinder and the 0-60 MPH doesn’t change because of the traction advantage xDrive affords off the line. The N55 six-cylinder turbo brings 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque to the table. The larger motor does weigh 130 lbs more but the extra horses allow the 435i Gran Coupe to sprint 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

To evaluate the 428i Gran Coupe’s highway manners we headed up Interstate 10 to the old training tank grounds for World War II in the Palm Desert. Here we also got to see BMW bike racks on the 428i Gran Coupe. As a side note, we did hit the desert on some mountain bikes there and the terrain was killer.  The desert sand was exhausting to pedal in because it was so soft but the scenery was gorgeous.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

On the way back to the hotel, we enjoyed the Comfort suspension setting with the heated seats. The cold weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.  The next morning, we took the 428i Gran Coup out to the Thermal Club Private Race Track to drive some BMW M cars on track but the 4 Gran Coupe was to remain parked during track time. We don’t really see the 4 Series Gran Coupe as a track car, but rather as an extremely rewarding vehicle that can get you anywhere when equipped with xDrive. STANDARD EQUIPMENT & OPTIONS

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The exact model we tested was a 428i xDrive Gran Coupe with the M Sport Pack. The optional M Sport pack ($3,500) when combined with the Dynamic Handling Package ($1,000) really makes the car look and drive a lot better.  We tested a 328d with this same combo earlier this year. Better looking alloy wheels, sport seats, M steering wheel, an aerodynamic kit and adaptive M suspension are just a few of the specifics added when checking these boxes.  In our opinion, these two options really transform the 4 Series Gran Coupe into what we believe a BMW should feel and handle like. The rear seats fold down in a 40/60/40 layout and the electrically controlled hatch opens revealing 17 cubic feet of storage. Lay all the back seats down and a spacious 45.9 cubic feet is at your disposal.   Even without laying the rear seats down, BMW states the trunk can hold two golf bags or a baby stroller.  For not growing any in footprint, the 4 Gran Coupe has really become more functional and retains the better handling of the 4 Series Coupe over its 3 Series sibling.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Surprisingly, the 4 Gran Coupe is actually the least expensive 4 Series even if by just $200. omparing to the 3 Series Gran Turismo is $1,350 less, tough the 3 GT comes standard with xDrive. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is available with the Luxury line, Sport line and M Sport and is on sale now as a 2015 Model. SHOULD I BUY ONE?

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Once you get over the fact that BMW has another four-door coupe and examine the 4 Series Gran Coupe for what it is, you’ll find that BMW has snuck a fantastic looking hatch back into their line up. Historically hatchbacks have not done well in the United States, there was an eleven year absence of hatchbacks between the 1999 318ti and the 2010 BMW 5 Series Gran Truismo. With the 4 Series Gran Coupe, though, you would never know it has a hatchback, or a lift gate as BMW describes it. The end result in the case of the 4 Series Gran is a great looking and driving car that is incredibly practical.

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

PRICING MSRP $41,250 428i Gran Coupe  – Milage 23 city/ 37 hwy MSRP $43,250 428i xDrive Gran Coupe – Mileage 22/26 MSRP $46,750 435i Gran Coupe – Mileage 21/32 MSRP $ 48,750 435i Gran Coupe xDrive – Mileage 23/35 AS DRIVEN 2015 BMW 428i xDrive Gran Coupe MSRP $42,300 Carbon Black Metallic $550 M Sport $3500 Cold Weather Package $950 Driver Assistance Package $950 Dynamic Handling Package $1000 Premium Package $2,200 Technology Package $3150 M Sport Brakes $650 Side and Top View Cameras $750 Enhanced B/T and Smartphone int $500 Destination Charge $950 Total MSRP $57,450 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Reviewed by Chuck Vossler on October 20. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe fills a much needed niche in the premium segment With the 4 Series Gran Coupe, though, you would never know it has a hatchback, or a lift gate as BMW describes it.The end result in the case of the 4 Series Gran is a great looking and driving car that is incredibly practical. Rating: 4.5 The article BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Puts on Ultimate Driving Experience Car Control Clinic at Citi Field

BIMMERPOST member JDy80 shares with us his experience from the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Car Control Clinic at Citi Field in Queens, NY. JDy80: BMW put on a great event at Citi Field last week. Was able to test drive the F80 M3 for the first t...

BIMMERPOST member JDy80 shares with us his experience from the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Car Control Clinic at Citi Field in Queens, NY. JDy80: BMW put on a great event at Citi Field last week. Was able to test drive the F80 M3 for the first time which was nice, but the car control clinic really showed some of the highlights of the M3 and the M235i. It was basically a mini one day ///M school and so close to my house that I had to go. They say they will be adding more cities to 2015 so hope you guys get to experience this. It’s a full day of braking, handling exercises and autocross.

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BMW M GmbH Launches BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

Official Release: DTM champion Marco Wittmann’s (DE) superlative season drew to an end with yet more highlights in Hockenheim (DE). BMW Motorsport Director Jens… The post BMW M GmbH Launches BMW… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit...

Official Release: DTM champion Marco Wittmann’s (DE) superlative season drew to an end with yet more highlights in Hockenheim (DE). BMW Motorsport Director Jens… The post BMW M GmbH Launches BMW… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The DTM Season Wraps up in Hockenheim

Official Release: A successful 2014 DTM season for BMW Motorsport drew to an end in Hockenheim (DE). Marco Wittmann (DE), who was crowned the… The post The DTM Season Wraps up in Hockenheim… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web...

Official Release: A successful 2014 DTM season for BMW Motorsport drew to an end in Hockenheim (DE). Marco Wittmann (DE), who was crowned the… The post The DTM Season Wraps up in Hockenheim… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

While we were having a conversation about the best BMW M3 exterior finishes, a lot of responses on our Facebook Page and article comments revolve around blue finishes now. So we decided to showcase a beautiful shade of blue on a BMW 6 Series Gran Co...

While we were having a conversation about the best BMW M3 exterior finishes, a lot of responses on our Facebook Page and article comments revolve around blue finishes now. So we decided to showcase a beautiful shade of blue on a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. This is matte blue paint job which means the car looks interesting in different light conditions and it’s a stunning choice for BMW’s elegant four-door coupes.  A gorgeous design like this does however needs some lowering and a set of aftermarket wheels to take this car to the next level. And this is where VMR Wheels comes in.

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

Their setups are usually close to factory specs. This BMW F06 640i, wrapped in Matte Blue vinyl, comes with the V710 Hyper Silver wheels in 22 inches. It is a classic look with a monoblock layout that fits nicely on the elongated body of the Gran Coupe. Specifically, the sizes shown here are 22×9 front and in the back 22×10.5 inches. Pirelli Pzero Nero tires are used, sized 245/30/22 in the front and 285/25/22 in the rear.

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

You can grab some quality wallpapers in the gallery we’ve added down below. After a bunch of Alpine White tuning builds, this one surely is a refreshing showcase of clean looking wheels, a perfect stance, all matched with a perfectly adorned matte blue vynil wrap installed as well.

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels

The article Matte Blue BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe On VMR Wheels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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