Sunday, November 24, 2013

Road Test: 2014 BMW 428i

The new BMW 4 Series Coupé has just landed in South Africa. Last week The Wheel Deal jetted down to Cape Town and took it for a spin around the Winelands
Moving through the twisty roads is where it shines. BMW tuned its suspension to handle life’s curves and make them enjoyable. When on the road, you can feel the competency of the 428i’s independent suspension, though, on rougher roads (a.k.a. California highways), you will pick up some of the vibrations.
Even though it isn’t quite as quick out of the blocks, it snarls out a rorty four-pot soundtrack that encourages you to chase the rev-limiter through every gear. Speaking of which, the 428i and 420i are the only 4 Series derivative that can be ordered with a six-speed manual gearbox. The mighty 435i ships exclusively with an eight-speed ZF automatic that, despite not employing any dual-clutch trickery, rows up and down the cogs at one helluva impressive lick. It’s a real class act.