Would the new BMW 4 Series M440i with 374 hp be the perfect alternative to the 385 hp Porsche 911 Carrera?
Describing the BMW 4 Series with its new giant, vertical grille, Adrian van Hooydonk, Director of BMW Group Design, says: “The BMW 4 Series Coupé, with its new plastic language, emphasizes increased range and creates an expressive character with great appeal. It is true that the new coupé derived from the 3 Series not only has character, but is also welcoming. At 4.77 m, this big bourgeoisie offers four real seats and a spacious 440-liter trunk to accommodate a lot of luggage and golf bags. This is already a point on which the 4.52 m long Porsche 911 can’t match, since with its engine at the rear, the luggage space at the front is laughable.
So let’s compare what’s comparable: the engine. The BMW in our test offered a 3.0-liter inline-six, of which the M440i version develops 374 hp (while waiting for the terrible M4 with 510 hp). So the 4 Series only gives 11 hp to the Porsche and its 3.0 Liters flat 385 hp. While the latter shines with a bewitching and characteristic sound, the M440i is not to be outdone with a gratifying sports exhaust system, especially in the tunnels. Better still, BMW’s xDrive transmission catapults the 4-Series from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – three tenths faster than the 911, and enough to feel little butterflies in your stomach.
Of course, the 200 kg extra weight compared to the 911 does not weigh in favor of the Bavarian coupé, but the 4-Series is fast and pleasant to drive on the small winding roads of Normandy, helped by its delightful 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system makes for a lot of fun, and it’s safe despite the slippery leaves and dead leaves. And if the BMW’s top speed is 250 km/h, it’s only a lock on the bridle, without which the 440i could certainly approach the 385 km/h of the Porsche.
Of course, a 911 remains an absolutely cult car no matter what happens, but the new 4-Series gets back that little something fearsome that the 635 CSi had in its day with its pointed shark nose (see photo). One could even conclude as in fashion that “The Serie 4 is the new Serie 6”, all the more so since with a price tag (excluding options) of 68.400 $, the BMW costs 40.000 $ less than the 911 at 108.334 $ – in 2WD and 116.254 $ for the Carrera 4WD! Verdict, the BMW M440i has momentarily our preference.
BMW 440i xDrive:
6-cylinder in-line engine 3.0 L, power 374 hp, accelerations 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 s flanged at 250 km/h, 2-door coupé body, 4 seats, length 4.77 m, weight 1740 kg, Price without option: 68.400 $.
The BMWs are recognizable by their grille decorated with a double beanstalk. But these rounded rectangles are getting bigger and bigger since the new 7 Series and SUV X6, which opened the race for the largest cooling grid. However, it was the Concept 4 presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019 that announced the shape of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe presented on June 2. “The new enlarged grille allows us to make the 4 Series Coupe as attractive and rewarding as the 8 Series, but less expensive,” explains Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s Head of Styling at the BMW Group. So the two-door version of the 3 Series offers a real personality, very different from the sedan.
Porsche 911 Carrera :
6-cylinder flat engine 3.0 L, power 385 hp, acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2s, V max 293 km/h, coupé 2+2 seats, length 4.52 m, weight 1580 kg, Price without option: 108.334 $ (Carrera 4: 116.254 $)
After unveiling the Carrera S and 4S versions of its Porsche 911 2020 a few months ago, the Stuttgart-based automaker has finally lifted the veil on the new “basic” 911 Carrera coupe and convertible. An “entry-level” that still reaches 0 to 100 in 4 seconds (4.2 for the cabriolet) and a top speed of 290km/h thanks to a 3.0L engine with 385 horsepower. If you opt for the Sport Chrono package, the 0 to 100 can even go down to 3.8 seconds. Still, you can expect to pay $106,654 for the Porsche 911 Carrera coupé and $121,055 for the convertible. In all cases, the car is equipped with the PASM suspension system, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear tires (with a water-sensing wet-mode) and the latest version of the Porsche Communication Management system with 10.9-inch touch screen.