BMW 4 SERIES CONVERTIBLE REVEALED
BMW's new 4 Series Convertible has reared its head and dropped its top this week, just days after a handful of leaked press shots surfaced online.
As expected, the new topless 'Bimmer' wears styling largely identical to the Coupe, with the same low-set snout, sharp headlights and large stepped tail-lights featured on both models.
The 4 Series Convertible is again equipped with a metal folding roof, which BMW says can be lowered or raised in 20 seconds, at speeds up to 18km/h.
The Convertible also features the same stretched architecture, measuring 25mm longer and 45mm wider than its predecessor, riding on the same 50mm longer wheelbase that underpins the new Coupe.
The height of the 4 Series Convertible is listed at 1372 mm, making it 10 mm taller than the Coupe.
The new Convertible, on average, is also around 20kg lighter than the previous model, which weighed around 1680kg.
Three engines will be offered at the 4 Series Convertible's international launch, in the form of the 420d diesel, 428i petrol and the top-shelf 435i petrol.
All three models are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard in international markets, although an eight-speed Sports automatic will also be offered.
The 420d is powered by a four-cylinder turbodiesel, offering 135kW at 4000rpm and 380Nm of torque between 1750 to 2750rpm. BMW promises an 8.2 second run to 100km/h, and fuel consumption figures between 5.1 and 5.3 l/100km.
The entry petrol option, the 428i, is driven by a four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, producing 180kW at 5000rpm and 350Nm at 1250-4800rpm. The 0-100km/h time is listed at a spritely 6.4 seconds, with fuel use at 6.8 l/100km.
Topping the range - at least until the M4 arrives - is the 435i, its familiar turbo six-cylinder engine offering 225kW at 5800rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1200 to 5000rpm.
BMW promises a sharp 5.6 second run to 100km/h in the top model, with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel use is listed at 7.5 to 7.7 l/100km.
The carmaker's Adaptive suspension and M Sport suspension packs will be offered, firming up spring/damper settings and adding stiffer anti-roll bars, depending on driver preference.
There's also a Driving Experience Control system, allowing basic suspension settings to be adjusted between comfort and sports-focused dynamics.
As with the Coupe, the 4 Series Convertible will be offered with three equipment kits and the familiar M Sport option. The equipment packs include the Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line, each offering specific exterior and interior accents to suit buyer tastes.
The new model's design promises wider access to the rear cargo space, and there's 220 litres available even with the roof in its storage area. With the roof up, that grows to 370 litres - 20 litres more than its 3 Series predecessor.
The new convertible offers even greater storage space if the 'load through' option is selected at purchase, creating a wider access point from the cabin to the boot with the rear seats folded flat.
Local timing for the 4 Series Convertible is still to be revealed, although the Coupe model makes its Australian debut this month.
We can likely expect to see the Convertible here in early 2014, offered in the same 420d, 428i and 435i grades offered internationally.