The 2018 BMW 440i is a little hot rod of a sports coupe that delivers refined looks and performance in a way that’s not over the top or garish. This is a car that’s free of gimmicks and electronic trickery and instead delivers three pedals of excitement with a turbocharged and torquey I6 engine that seems to rev to the moon. So if you were worried the traditional sports coupe was going the way of the dodo bird, don’t be — because BMW has you covered.
2018 BMW 440i Coupe Exterior
With a newly refined front fascia and rear bumper treatment, new headlamps, and a beautiful set of smoke-black 18-inch staggered alloy wheels, the BMW 440i Coupe reflects an understated design for those who want performance without over-the-top flash. The standard LED headlamps are nicely sculpted, and flow seamlessly from the front bumper into the fenders, while the lower LED driving lights offer a subtle contrast to the blacked-out lower grille. That, combined with the bright trim work of BMWs signature grille, give the 440i a bit of sport-oriented aggression.
Out back, the subtleties continue by way of a contrasting piece of trim on the rear bumper cover. It works perfectly with the blacked-out twin exhaust tips. Our test car was also covered in Sunset Orange Metallic paint, and I was more than surprised at the amount of positive comments it received from onlookers. The beauty of the 4-Series Coupe as a whole is its ability to deliver a performance look and feel while still maintaining an air of pure elegance and sophistication.
2018 BMW 440i Coupe Interior
The main objective of any performance-focused interior is to make whoever is sitting behind the wheel feel special. The seats should be comfortable with good lateral and lumber support, the steering wheel must have a good thickness to it, and the electronics must be presented in a clear and intuitive manner that shouldn’t detract from the driving experience. This is where the 440i excels. From a build quality standpoint, the materials such as the leather and soft touch plastics are first rate, as is the panel fitment. A soft touch dash is decked out with aluminum accents and has a decidedly upscale feel to it. And in a world where manufacturers are moving towards full-screen digital clusters, it’s great to see that BMW has stuck to its roots by using traditional analog gauges.
Now granted, there is a large 6.5-inch center mounted screen that’s for use with BMW’s new iDrive 6.0, and it does provide connectivity for things like Apple CarPlay, navigation (if equipped), and vehicle settings, along with some pretty trick sport displays for things like peak horsepower and torque readings. It’s light years ahead of the old system, and can be accessed via the rotary dial that resides in the center console. It should also come as no surprise that the front seating area is abundantly comfortable, while the rears are a bit cramped and lacking in headroom for taller passengers (this is a small coupe after all). Combine that with 16 cubic-feet of storage space in the trunk, and the 440i has the ability to work perfectly as a daily driver or a great weekend getaway coupe.
2018 BMW 440i Coupe Performance
BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder resides under the hood and produces 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. It packs a compression ratio of 11.0, so it uses premium fuel, and when mated with a six-speed manual transmission, it proved to be outrageous fun to drive. With short throws and fairly tall gearing, the 440i has the ability to thrust one forward with authority, and while it will get you to 60 mph in just under five seconds, it must be noted that overall speed and acceleration is not the focal point of this car. Instead the 440i delivers a driver’s experience that’s simply fun and exhilarating.
Our loaner was fitted with the optional Track Handling Package which meant a staggered wheel and tire set-up featuring 225/45-series tires up front and 255/40-series out back, M Sport brakes with blue M-logo calipers, variable sport steering and Driving Dynamics Controls with four different settings (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+).
Throwing the 440i into a corner meant virtually zero in the way of body roll and unbelievably well balanced handling characteristics, thanks to an almost perfect 50/50-weight distribution and a curb weight of around 3,600 pounds. Thanks to the large four-piston calipers and large vented discs, braking was also accomplished with authority. Keep in mind that this is not a car your going to take out and win drag races with, but instead, it’s a wonderful sports coupe that will provide you with an rewarding driving experience on your favorite back roads or at the occasional track day. It also gets an EPA rated 21 mpg city, 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg during combined driving*.
2018 BMW 440i Coupe Safety
Equipped with the latest in safety technology, the 440i Coupe comes to us with such features as airbags throughout the cabin, anti-lock brakes, adaptive brake lights, electronic stability control, traction control, blind-spot monitoring, programmable LED daytime running lights, BMW Assist eCall and a rearview camera.
Additional safety features can be seen at BMWUSA.com.
2018 BMW 440i Coupe Overall
We live in time when the manual transmission is going away, when analog gauges are being replaced by digital representations of themselves, and when battalions of electronic nannies seek to regulate how we drive. Thankfully, the 2018 BMW 440i stands firm in the fact that it is still very much a driver’s car. The sport-oriented interior feels thoroughly modern while still being driver centric, and thanks to the inclusion of a six-speed manual transmission, the sporting bond between man and machine is still very much intact.
Drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.