The 2018 BMW 430i Coupe’s Mid-Cycle Refresh Hones in on Dynamics [Review]

2018 BMW 430i
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The 2018 BMW 430i Coupe is part of a large lineup that has a lot to offer. If you’d rather enjoy the fresh air through your hair, you can opt for a 4 Series Convertible. The 2018 BMW 430i is available as rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive version is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. However, the all-wheel drive version is only available with the automatic. A more powerful 440i variant is available with both manual and automatic options, in rear or all-wheel drive configurations.

The current-generation 4 Series Coupe, built at the BMW Group Plant in Munich, was launched in September of 2013. BMW refreshed it for this year, focusing on the car’s dynamic abilities.

WHAT’S NEW

Several styling cues for the 4 Series came from BMW’s 2012 Concept Coupe. That’s evidenced by elements such as the hexagonally shaped full-LED headlights, large air intake with expressive bars and LED rear lights. The restyled nose expresses the model range’s dynamic overall persona. Crisp contours alternate with expansive surfaces creating a broad, sharply contoured front end of three-dimensional athleticism. A defining feature up front is the unbroken central air intake that increases in size towards its outer edges, lending a more imposing presence and greater sense of width.

Moving aft, bold horizontal lines and the linear design of the rear light clusters draw attention to the muscular wheel arches. The widest point of the body is level with the rear wheels. The new rear apron accentuates an impression of power. A crisp contour line mirrors the outline of the outer air intakes at the front of the car, integrating it into the overall design language.

2018 BMW 430i Coupe
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COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The BMW 430i coupe’s interior features an array of upgraded details adding to the high-quality feel. The air outlets, the control panels in the doors, and the integral belt guides for its front seats now include electroplated finishes. The center console features high-gloss black cover panel, while double stitching on the instrument panel highlights the interior’s driver-focused geometry. The sports steering wheel is standard and features a new rim wrapped in high-quality leather. As a result, it feels gripper than before. Personal mobility is manageable through BMW Connected, a digital assistant app.

The latest 4 Series features new, convenience-enhancing features for the infotainment system. That includes a new user interface with six large tile-style icons distributed over two screen pages, allowing drivers to arrange tiles by personal preference.

My test 4- Series Coupe was a 430i with the six-speed manual transmission. BMW sets the base price at $43,300, which rose to a final total of $52,695. That came after adding for the ‘Snapper Rocks Blue’ metallic paint, Cognac leather interior, and wireless charging, for a start. Then there are the options packages.

There’s the Essentials Package, which adds keyless entry, Park Distance Control and a 1-year SiriusXM subscription. Then there’s the Premium Package, wherein you get a larger, high-resolution navigation system and the My BMW Remote perks, like Remote Door Unlock. On the sportier side, there’s the M Sport Package, where you get an aerodynamic kit, an M steering wheel, and black exterior trim. Apple Car Play compatibility is a $300 option.

2018 BMW 430i Coupe
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PERFORMANCE

Power for the BMW 430i Coupe is provided by a 2.0-liter, twin-turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower at 5,800 RPM while also developing 258 lb-ft of torque in a range from 1,450-4,800 RPM. Selectable operational modes include Comfort, ECO Pro, Sport and Sport +.

The 2018 BMW 430i Coupe provides an exhilarating level of performance that’s sure to please enthusiasts. BMW engineers greatly enhanced the cars’ dynamic handling capabilities by revising the suspension. Now, it’s stiffer and features more advanced damping technology and an upgraded steering set-up.The end result? Noticeable improvements in the car’s handling characteristics. There’s less body roll and car feels more stable.

Acceleration comes instantly on demand with no noticeable turbo lag. Hauling the ponies to a halt also works impressively. Not only that, but the seats are highly supportive and adjustable for just the right feel when attacking challenging driving scenarios such as tight, twisting back roads.

2018 BMW 430i Coupe
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TFLCAR’S TAKE

If there’s a shortcoming for the stylish 430i Coupe, it’s the back seat ingress and egress. Getting in is considerably easier than getting out. As with most coupes, headroom in the back can also be a squeeze for taller passengers

Despite that, the 430i Coupe does offer a sportier flavor than its 3 Series sedan counterpart, thanks to its sleeker coupe profile. If you’re shopping for a dynamic sports coupe, it’s certainly a positive way to go. The car-buying public at-large agrees, as the 4 Series is among the top three best-selling small luxury vehicles, with sales registering a 10.8 percent jump last year over 2016.

If you’re looking for a more track-focused 4 Series, check out our sneak peek at the limited edition 2019 M4 CS below:

SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 BMW 430i Coupe

On Sale: Now
Base MSRP: $43,300
Price as Tested: $52,695
Engine: 2.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-four
Drivetrain (Layout): Longitudinally mounted front engine, rear-wheel drive
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,450 – 4,800 RPM
Transmission: Six-speed manual
0-60 Acceleration: 5.6 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 130 MPH
Suspension: Front: Two-joint spring strut axle 

Rear: 5-link

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza S001 P225/45 R18 91V all-season
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gallons
Fuel economy (EPA): 21 City/33 Highway/25 Combined MPG

Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 110.6 inches
Length:  182.7 inches
Width: 71.9 inches
Height:  54.2 inches
Turning Circle: 37.1 feet
Curb Weight: 3,541 pounds

 

Arv Voss
Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring journalist and member and past officer of several noted automotive journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.