First pictures of the 4-series cabriolet on its way to performance testing

The 2014 BMW 4-series cabriolet has been spotted testing in Italy.

The car was photographed on its way to a benchmarking session, apparently with a 4-series coupé and a BMW M3 in tow. The trio of cars were reportedly on their way to the Alps for performance testing.

This is the first time we've seen the new 4-series with its top down, and in M-Sport trim. A modest weight increase of the standard 4-series coupé  is expected, and while the full engine lineup is yet to be announced, the range is likely to centre around the same three turbocharged units aimed at the coupe. These include a 181bhp four-cylinder turbodiesel and a 304bhp six-cylinder petrol.

Prices for the cabriolet should also command a premium over the £31,575 asked for the coupe. 

Earlier in the year we spotted a 4-series coupé in M-Sport trim testing on public roads near Munich. Due to go on sale later this year, the coupé will be followed by the cabriolet a year later, following a preview at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The Cabriolet is expected to coincide with the launch of the next M4.

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4 July 2013

Probably the badge on the boot,well,might as well be,familiar BMW recipe,cliniced and tested,cynical view?,well, yes, it's nothing really different,it's BMW creating another series.

Peter Cavellini.

4 July 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Probably the badge on the boot,well,might as well be,familiar BMW recipe,cliniced and tested,cynical view?,well, yes, it's nothing really different,it's BMW creating another series.

 Lol  this the same thing you said about the new Merc SLC the other day..'nothing new'..what do you really want them to do! its a BMW 3 series convertible how much different can they make it! still going to have 2 doors, a hard top or soft folding top..four wheels, styling reflecting the new 3 series range! Would love you to explain what exactly the manufactures can do to make this big difference you want to see...

4 July 2013

....without the swirly wallpaper oh so carefully applied?

 

4 July 2013

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Probably the badge on the boot,well,might as well be,familiar BMW recipe,cliniced and tested,cynical view?,well, yes, it's nothing really different,it's BMW creating another series.

 Lol  this the same thing you said about the new Merc SLC the other day..'nothing new'..what do you really want them to do! its a BMW 3 series convertible how much different can they make it! still going to have 2 doors, a hard top or soft folding top..four wheels, styling reflecting the new 3 series range! Would love you to explain what exactly the manufactures can do to make this big difference you want to see...

 

Exactly. Not just that but its a winning formula.

In any industry not many large companies change a product that sells well when there is no reason to.

4 July 2013

Granturismo wrote:

Bobstardeluxe wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Probably the badge on the boot,well,might as well be,familiar BMW recipe,cliniced and tested,cynical view?,well, yes, it's nothing really different,it's BMW creating another series.

 

 Lol  this the same thing you said about the new Merc SLC the other day..'nothing new'..what do you really want them to do! its a BMW 3 series convertible how much different can they make it! still going to have 2 doors, a hard top or soft folding top..four wheels, styling reflecting the new 3 series range! Would love you to explain what exactly the manufactures can do to make this big difference you want to see...

 

Exactly. Not just that but its a winning formula.

In any industry not many large companies change a product that sells well when there is no reason to.

 Golf prime example...same old silloutte generation after generation, just detail and tech  changes..nothing else. If it works.. to be honest with the new 3 series/ 4 series whatevr you want to call it... customers are not expecting a change.. they want a premium covertible end of story.

Brand differentitation comes in the form of niche product such as BMW i range, Merc CLS... in staple/ money maker lines you are never going to risk doing soemthing out there and risk profits!

4 July 2013

Harsh realisation that,with the change of one number,if your not in the know, that what your buying is a three series,and if you look at the images above, the up and coming i8 is where BMW's design ethos SHOULD be coming from.

Peter Cavellini.

4 July 2013

weirdest camo i've seen on a test mule.

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4 July 2013

All very Autocar, but will it come with a metal folding roof like its predecessor? 

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