Even that new front grille can't spoil this one!
Hot on the heels of revealing the new M3 and M4, BMW has now treated us to images and full details of its new 4 Series Convertible, and it's fair to say that it's an absolute stunner. Our weather here in the UK isn't hugely conducive to open-top motoring, but that doesn’t stop convertibles selling disproportionately well here compared to some warmer, sunnier European countries.
When the weather's good we like to make the most of it here, and what better way is there to enjoy those rare glimpses of that big yellow ball in the bright blue sky than cruising around with the top down in a car that looks this good?
It would have been easy for the Bavarian luxury automaker to look at the stunning design of the new 4 Series convertible and think "job done" and just give buyers a couple of different engines to choose from. However, BMW has gone down the completely opposite route by announcing a veritable plethora of different variants for buyers to choose from.
There are no less than seven versions of the 4 Series Convertible we have full details of including their UK retail prices, but there are another three versions also announced that we have yet to get confirmed prices for that are expected to arrive in showrooms in July 2021. Prices start at £45,785 for the entry-level 420i sDrive M Sport, and the most expensive one we have the price for at the moment is the M440i xDrive (48v) starting at £59,645.
The engine lineup consists of 6 different powerplants that are a mix of four and six-cylinder units, and the M440i xDrive Convertible and the diesel models all feature mild-hybrid technology to lighten the combustion engine’s workload and increase its power.
The M Sport specification is the starting point, but buyers can upgrade further for even more great stuff by paying a little more for Pro Edition models. Few people are likely to be too disappointed with the standard M Sport specification though. The basic spec includes: large front air intakes, a sculpted rear apron, M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, Vernasca leather-trimmed sport seats, Sensatec dashboard, Live Cockpit Professional, Ambient Lighting, electric seats, a reversing camera, reversing assist, Welcome Light Carpet, tri-zone automatic climate control and 10.25-inch CID.
420i models get a 184 horsepower four-cylinder petrol engine with 300 Nm of torque, while 430i models are tuned to develop 258 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. 420d models get a four-cylinder turbodiesel that puts out 190 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque but upgrade to a 430d, and you then have 286 horsepower and a whopping 650 Nm of torque to play with.
It might be a tough call for buyers to choose between diesel and petrol power when it comes to the most powerful engines on offer for the new 4 Series Convertible. The M440i xDrive petrol features a straight-six that boasts 374 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, but the M440d xDrive diesel is close with its 340 horsepower and it positively blows the petrol away in the torque stakes with a massive 700 Nm on tap.
The first deliveries will start landing in March 2021 with 430d sDrive M Sport, 430d sDrive M Sport Pro Edition and M440d xDrive models arriving around four months later.