True, it’s not a surprise BMW is bringing out a replacement for their much beloved 3 Series coupe, and fans were less than enthused at the idea of any changes to their beloved quasi-sports car. In this particular case, though, it’s a case of a great car getting better.

The really big change is that this model will have a lower center of gravity than its predecessors, meaning it’ll have a bit more of a sports car feel to it. It’s also slightly lighter and slightly bigger than the 3 Series, so it’ll feel a bit different but still be a sports car.

The 428i and 435i are the two models BMW will start out with, although a convertible is rumored to be on the way as well, and both are available with either rear-wheel or xDrive, making four models total. Why BMW can’t just call xDrive “all-wheel drive” is beyond us, but anyway. The 428 gets a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which works out to 240 horsepower, and the 435 gets a three-liter V6 with 300 horsepower. Don’t get too excited, though; Electronic limiters keep the top speed of this particular car at 155 miles per hour.

The 428i with xDrive is automatic only, but the other three models will let you choose between automatic and manual gearshifts, and there’s no price difference between them. Yes, car snobs, BMW is giving you a car with a rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, so you can stop complaining now. Surprisingly, for BMW, so far we’ve no word on whether there will be a diesel option in the United States, especially strange since a diesel is practically written in stone for the European market. The trim is the usual; Luxury, Sport, and M Sport. In short, the 4 Series looks good… but the real proof, as always, will be in the driving.

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Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.