BMW has taken the wraps off its all-new 4 Series Convertible.
The new topless model sports a brand new fabric roof construction, a diverse lineup of engines and advanced chassis technology.
DISTINCTIVE YET SPORTY DESIGN
At 4768mm, the new car is 128mm longer than its predecessor. Its width has increased by 27mm to 1852mm and its wheelbase by 41mm to 2851mm.
Increased track widths (by 28 mm in front and 18mm at the rear) accentuate the car’s muscular stature while also enhancing its sporty handling qualities.
The car also sports the vertical BMW kidney grille, which – as on the BMW 4 Series Coupe – takes pride of place at the centre of the front end. It has a pronounced forward slant and employs air intakes with a mesh structure as standard, indicates the high cooling requirement of the powerful engine.
NEW PANEL BOW SOFT-TOP
The new BMW 4 Series Convertible also features an innovative panel bow soft-top, which BMW claims marries the strengths of a retractable hardtop and the purist appeal of a fabric roof.
It comprises large panel bow elements with a flush-fitting glass rear window, several layers of insulation and a fabric cover. The new design supposedly delivers acoustic and thermal comfort superior to that of a conventional fabric roof.
It is also 40% lighter than the outgoing model’s retractable hardtop. The roof fabric is available in Black as standard and Anthracite Silver effect as an option.
The roof is powered by an electric motor that enables it to open or close within 18 seconds at the push of a button, including while on the move at speeds up to 50km/h.
The BMW 4 Series Convertible range is topped by the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible, which has a 369bhp straight-6 engine paired with all-wheel-drive.
The range is also joined by two 4-cylinder petrol units, generating an output of 181bhp in the BMW 420i Convertible and 255bhp in the BMW 430i Convertible.
All model variants in the BMW 4 Series Convertible are fitted with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
The 4 Series Convertible also gets additional convertible-specific bracing. These include an aluminium shear panel at the bottom of the front end, and side skirts with extremely high torsional rigidity, resulting in a static torsional rigidity that is 4% higher overall than its predecessor.
CRUISE IN STYLE AND COMFORT
The car is also available with an optional wind deflector that carefully directs the flow of air through the cabin. It can be easily removed, even with the roof closed, placed in the ideally designed bag supplied with it and safely stowed behind the folding rear backrest.
Also available with the 4 Series Convertible are neck warmers that are integrated into the front head restraints for increased comfort when driving in low temperatures.