Four months after the world premiere of the new BMW 4-series coupe, the Bavarians presented an open model of the same family. It will go on sale in March next year.
The design of the novelty spies almost fully revealed in the middle of summer - there were no surprises. The manufacturer is proud to say about the originality of the convertible, which is more than ever very different from the sedan of the 3 series, but in comparison with the coupe this difference disappears. If we compare the dimensions of two "four", they will coincide with one exception: the one shown today is one symbolic millimeter higher due to a different design of the top.
But from its own predecessor, which appeared seven years earlier, the new convertible will really stand quite far. The developers have replaced the three-part hard roof with an advanced soft top. It is 40% lighter, and is said to be much superior in acoustic and climatic comfort "ordinary" fabric roofs. The volume of the luggage compartment with a raised awning has increased by 15 liters (up to 385 liters), and with retracted - at once by 80 liters (up to 300 liters).
The convertible will receive the same six four- and six-cylinder engines as the BMW 4-series coupe - three gasoline and diesel engines each. The only difference is that the modification 420d Cabrio will be offered only in rear-wheel drive version, while for the model with a fixed top two-liter 190 hp "four" is available in combination with all-wheel drive xDrive. The top BMW M440i xDrive Cabrio with a 374 hp "turbo six" will accelerate up to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds - 0.4 seconds slower than a similar coupe.
All diesel and senior gasoline engines are equipped with an 11-horsepower starter-generator. Gearboxes are the same eight-speed Steptronic and Steptronic Sport automatic machines. For an extra fee from the BMW M catalog you can choose powerful brakes, sports differential, adaptive suspension and many accessories. Later, the full M4 Cabrio should also appear, but it will be announced separately.
In terms of comfort options, a convertible differs from a coupe except that the traditional neck heating system when driving with a folded roof. At the same time, it received the same safety technologies and multimedia capabilities.
Sales will start next spring.