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Teased yesterday on BMW Malaysia’s Facebook page, the F32 BMW 4 Series Coupe has officially arrived here. Replacing the E92 3 Series Coupe, BMW says it’s the new benchmark in the premium sports coupe segment. Two engine options are offered over three variants: 428i Sport Line (RM358,800), 428i M Sport (RM388,800) and 435i M Sport (RM525,800).

As the name suggests, the new coupe is now fielded as a standalone model – no longer an extension of the 3 Series family. It gets a distinctive set of sporty clothes that share very little with the sedan on which it’s still based on, though a clear family resemblance has been kept.

The 4 Series Coupe features the traditional BMW coupe proportions, with short overhangs, a long bonnet and a pronounced cab-backwards look. The slim glass house further accentuates the length and sporty silhouette of the coupe, which is framed by a sleek roofline with minimal sheetmetal.

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Standard on the 4 Series bar the base 428i Sport Line (if you can even call it that) is the visually arresting M Sport bodykit with more aggressive looks. All models have BMW’s ingenious Air Curtains (open slits at the front corners) and Air Breathers (cut-out vents behind the front wheels) that funnel and extract air around and away from the tyres, cutting turbulence and drag while improving fuel efficiency.

The 435i M Sport wears a set of 19-inch BMW M Double-spoke light alloy wheels, while both the 428i models have 18-inch items with different designs. The smaller alloys are identical to those found on the corresponding F30 328i Sport Line and M Sport models.

On the outside, the coupe is 14 mm longer, 14 mm wider and 67 mm lower than the F30 sedan, while front and rear tracks are wider by 14 mm and 22 mm respectively. The flared rear wheelarches are extremely wide, covering the rear tyres that are now the car’s broadest point (wider even than the wing mirrors). The 2,820 mm wheelbase is common to the sedan and coupe.

The BMW 428i Sport Line employs the familiar 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo (single turbine, not two) engine with 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 km/h sprint takes no more than 5.8 seconds, on to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. A ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range.

Average fuel consumption for the 428i Coupe is 6.4 litres per 100 km (15.6 km/L), while its CO2 emissions are pegged at 149 g/km. The mid-range 428i M Sport shares the same engine and figures as above, but features various exterior and interior add-ons that we’ll get to below.

Move up to the range-topping 435i M Sport and you get an inline-six 3.0 litre TwinPower Turbo (also single turbo) motor making 306 hp and 400 Nm. It’s faster, obviously, needing only 5.1 seconds to complete the century sprint, though it has the same electronically limited 250 km/h top speed. Fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions stand at 7.4 L/100 km (13.5 km/L) and 172 g/km respectively.

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It’s a mean looking car that goes as hard as it looks with an ideal 50/50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity (a point below 500 mm, which betters even the carbon-fibre-roofed E92 M3 Coupe, let alone the standard models). Servotronic variable sport steering is fitted to all 4 Series coupe models to improve control and stability.

Even the 428i Sport Line comes standard with M Sport suspension with stiffer springs, dampers and stabiliser tuning. Upgrade to the 428i M Sport or 435i M Sport, and you get the Adaptive M Suspension with a range of operating characteristics between comfortable and sporty.

The most expensive model adds on standard high-performance M Sport brakes sporting fixed aluminium calipers with four pistons up front and two in the back to minimise stopping distance. The large calipers are painted in signature M blue too, so it both looks and performs better.

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Specifications wise, the 4 Series Coupe features the new Navigation System Professional, which includes a 3D map display. The system is operated through BMW’s proprietary iDrive Touch Controller that allows handwriting input through a touch-sensitive surface on top of the rotary dial.

The 428i Sport Line has a standard high-gloss black trim with Coral Red highlights, and a sports steering wheel with shift paddles. Move up in the range, and they’re upgraded to Aluminium Hexagonal trim with Estoril Blue highlights, plus the signature three-spoke M Sport wheel.

Sunroof, comfort access and a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers (replacing the standard nine-speaker HiFi package) are exclusive to the 435i M Sport. Lastly, the Estoril Blue paint scheme you see in these photos are only available on M Sport models.

We’ve already driven the F32 BMW 4 Series Coupe – read our full review here.