For BMW Head of Exterior Design, Domagoj Dukec, the BMW 4 series epitomises what BMW convertibles are all about. The car combines a sporty driving experience with speedy dynamics and exclusivity. He stresses that despite its novelty, the BMW 4 series retains the old character of a BMW convertible. For example, it combines typical BMW features, such as the double rings on the headlight, with the latest technology, such as LED lights which provide a lot more focus. Also BMW’s air curtains, a technology which moves the air more smoothly around the front tyres. The design is faithful to the brand, proving itself desirable to BMW aficionados as well as those looking for a luxury sporty number in its own right.
The overall appearance of the car is that of width. The dimensions are lengthwise 4638mm x 1825mm width. Although it was built on the same platform as the F30 and F32 models, it is visibly wider. Horizontal lines in the shaped rear lights and wider kidney grilles at the front help give an impression of a wideness that’s very distinctive. The interior was designed with luxury and exclusivity in mind. The seats are leather with a decotrim and the gearstick is situated with the idea of providing a comfortable driving experience, but without excluding the passenger.
The BMW 4 series is available as a six speed manual or as an eight speed automatic with a top speed of 235 km/h – 250 km/h. Performancewise it can do 0-100 km/h in as little as 5.6 seconds (435i model) and has up to 306 hp (435i model again). The 420d and 428i can get up to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds and 6.4 seconds respectively, with 184 hp and 245hp. The BMW 4 series will be on sale early next year. It will make its début at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.