2014 BMW 428i First Drive: Introduction
It can be argued, quite successfully in fact, the small BMW coupe is what brought the company’s cars to the fore in the United States. The seminal 1968 BMW 2002 awoke American enthusiasts to an entirely new way to roll.
In what has to be one of the best car reviews ever written, Car & Driver’s David E. Davis said; “The BMW 2002 may be the first car in history to successfully bridge the gap between the diametrically-opposed automotive requirements of the wildly romantic car nut on one hand, and the hyper-pragmatic people at Consumer Reports on the other. It rides like a dream. It has a surprising amount of room inside. It gets great gas mileage. It's finished, inside and out, like a Mercedes-Benz, but it doesn't cost very much. But for the enthusiasts—at the same time, and without even stepping into a phone booth to change costume—it goes like bloody hell and handles like the original bear.”
This describes perfectly the philosophy underpinning the 1968 BMW 2002—and the 2014 BMW 428i.
Remarkably, some 46 years later, the 428i can be described using the exact same words (OK, well, all except the cost part…). Like that 1968 2002, the 2014 BMW 428i is a car with a dual nature. It too, is comfortable, stylish, well finished, and gets great gas mileage. However, when you put the spurs to it, the BMW 428i hunkers down and rips along the road like a screaming little sports car.