BMW has revealed price and specification details for the new BMW M4 convertible ahead of its public debut at the New York motor show later this month.
Set to reach UK showrooms in September, the four-seat drop top will be priced from £60,730 – around £1,500 more than the outgoing M3 convertible.
In a bid to improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the M4 convertible eschews the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V8 engine of the now defunct M3 drop-top, instead using the same 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder unit as the new M3 saloon and M4 coupe.
Developing 425bhp, it is slightly down on power compared to its main rival, the Audi RS5 cabriolet, which puts out 444bhp from a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8.
Despite this, the BMW is quicker from 0-62mph, taking 4.6 seconds to the Audi’s 4.9. Specify the optional seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual and that time drops to 4.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
Being based on the recently launched 4-series convertible, the M4 gets the same electronic three-piece metal folding roof, which can be fully stowed in 20 seconds, at speeds of up to 11mph. Boot space drops from 370 litres to 220 litres with the roof folded down.
As is traditional with BMW’s M products, the M4 gets aggressive styling details to mark it out as the performance range-topper. The front bumper gets massive air ducts, which improve cooling to both the engine and front brakes, while a contoured bonnet only adds to the visual menace. At the rear the bumper is wider and houses four chromed tailpipes – a signature M design.
Inside, upgrades unique to the M4 include heated sports seats, an M steering wheel and chrome trim.
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