Convertible fans rejoice! The new BMW 4 Series convertible, a long awaited upgrade to the outgoing BMW 3 Series convertible, goes on sale in March 2014, with prices starting from £36,675.
This 4 Series convertible is lower, longer and wider than its predecessor and BMW made a statement announcing that the convertible is a “more overtly sporting car”.
Stylistically, it is similar to the other cars in the 4 Series range with its kidney grille, massive air intake and hexagonal headlights. Mechanically, drivers will welcome the sporty changes that have been made to the handling systems. Adjustments to the camber angle and track and roll centre, along with extra wide mounts on the wheel carriers, make for a sportier unit overall.
A major upgrade on this model is the folding convertible roof. The roof, which is made from metal, comes as a folding three piece and can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 8mph in under 20 seconds. This will come as welcome news for those looking to upgrade from some of the older convertible models which required a completely stationary car, foot on the brake and manually assisted motors. The roof will also have a sound absorbing headliner which will cut down on wind and traffic noise by up to 2dB.
There will be three engines available on launch. The range topper is the 435i with the 428i and 420d coming in a close second and third. In figures, the top of the range 435i sports a 3.0 litre straight six engine and produces 306hp and 295lb-ft of torque, boasting a 0-62mph time of only 5.6 seconds. The 428i sits comfortably at 245hp and 258lb-ft of torque and races to 62mph in 6.4 seconds. The entry-level diesel claims 184hp and a healthy 280lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds. Not bad at all.
Every model comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and those wanting an automatic can pick up a further two speeds, making eight speeds in total.
The entry level 420d starts at 36,675 whilst the 435i range-topper starts at 44,970 as standard.