The BMW 4 Series gets two six-cylinder diesels
Fuel economy and performance finally combined
No, we won't talk about the grille of the new BMW 4 Series in this article, I promise. What we're writing about is a few centimetres behind that grille, under the bonnet. Because yes, the German brand has added two particularly powerful diesel engines to the 4 Series catalogue.
And if diesel has a bad reputation for a few years, it remains the indispensable ally of long-distance drivers. As a result, BMW is now introducing two 3.0-litre inline sixes for the coupé. The less powerful one, which will be housed in the 430d, still develops 286 PS and 650 Nm of torque. This allows a 0-62 time of 5.1 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 51.4 mpg UK (42.8 mpg US/5.5 L/100 km). The second version has 340 PS and 700 Nm of torque. It does 0-62 in 4.6 seconds, which is only a tenth of a second more than the explosive M440i. This sporty temperament does not affect fuel consumption, which stands at 45.6 mpg UK (37.9 mpg US/6.2 L/100 km). The M440d badge for this version is then justified. Both models get xDrive all-wheel drive.
These very reasonable fuel consumption figures give the 430d and M440d a comfortable range on the motorway that will surely make electrics and plug-in hybrids jealous! However, you'll have to enjoy them because the G22 will certainly be the last 4 Series to receive six-cylinder diesels.
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