Track-tamed BMW M440i Coupe almost ready to be unleashed on roads


The new 4 Series Coupe, which was showcased as Concept 4 last year, has entered its final phase of “dynamic testing”. After having their driving dynamics honed at the winter testing centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, at the company’s test centre in Miramas in France, on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife and at various other race tracks, the prototypes are now returning for final touches to the chassis technology on the motorways and country roads around BMW Group’s Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Munich.


BMW has also shared a few more things about the upcoming two-door car. To begin with, the drag coefficient is cut by 0.015 Cd compared with the 3 Series Sedan. Plus, the new 4 Series Coupe is 57 mm lower than its four-door counterpart and its centre of gravity is 21 mm closer to the road as a result. All this complements to the increased negative camber at the front wheels and the 23 mm wider rear track.


Dampers have been tuned for an even sportier drive. Custom-made tower-to-front end struts and an additional shear panel on the bulkhead optimise steering precision and response, while bracing elements have been added around the rear axle to increase stiffness for improved straight-line stability and lateral acceleration, BMW said.


Powering the M440i xDrive Coupe is a 3.0-litre straight-six engine delivering an output of 275 kW (374 hp). There’ll also be a 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, which delivers an additional 8 kW (11 hp) electric boost when the driver needs it such as off-the-line getaways and in-gear sprints.


The output is channelled to the road via an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and all-wheel-drive system. The M Sport differential is also on hand to make sure that drive power is optimally deployed during demanding driving situations.

The new 4 Series Coupe is expected to shed its camouflage sometime in June this year.

Also read: BMW Concept i4 to go into series production in 2021

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