Like buff runners pounding the beachside pavement in Summer, BMW’s new M4 has gone topless in time for the warmer months.
The transition to topless touring attracts a significant premium, however, with the M4 Convertible debuting at $178,430 - compared to the coupe’s $166,900 price tag.
Both models, along with their four-door M3 stablemate, are powered by BMW’s 317kW/550Nm twin-turbo 3.0 litre inline six.
In Coupe form, that means a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds, with the Convertible falling just shy at 4.4 seconds.
Like the Coupe, the M4 Convertible is fitted as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, and both can be had with a six-speed manual at no extra cost.
Fuel consumption in the new M4 Convertible is listed at 9.1 l/100km with the six-speed manual, and 8.7 with the auto.
As with its siblings, the M4 Convertible benefits from a number of chassis enhancements and weight reduction tricks, including the use of aluminium for the bonnet and side panels, and in a number of components beneath the skin.
Likewise, the driveshaft uses carbon fibre reinforced plastics in its one-piece construction, reducing weight and the number of rotating masses.
In all, the M4 Convertible lists a kerb weight of 1750kg - not light, but because of their additional structural support, convertibles rarely are. Still, it’s also around 60kg lighter than its predecessor, and that’s no mean feat.
As with the 4 Series Convertible, the M4 Convertible gets a three-section metal folding roof, opening in under 20 seconds at speeds up to 18km/h.
Also unique to the M4 Convertible are neck warmers integrated into the front seat backrests.
Among the M4 Convertible’s standard features are 19 inch M light alloy wheels, Active Protection, rear-view camera, surround view camera, wind deflector, iDrive Touch controller, DAB+ digital radio and speed limit device.
NOTE: Overseas model shown. Australian photos still to come.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW M3 Sedan - $156,900
- BMW M4 Coupe - $166,900
- BMW M4 Convertible - $178,430