Currently reading: 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible arrives with 369bhp range-topper
Drop-top gets the same bold new look as the coupe and switches from retractable hardtop to fabric roof
James Attwood, digital editor
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29 September 2020

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible features a switch to a folding soft-top and has gained a new 369bhp four wheel-drive range-topper.

The drop-top four-seater is the latest addition to the second-generation 4 Series range, following the launch of the Coupé and hot M4 variant, and shares the same controversial front-end styling that features an enlarged kidney grille. First UK deliveries are due in March next year, with prices starting from £45,785.

Whereas the previous convertible 4 Series used a folding hard-top, the new version features a cloth roof. It’s the first compact executive BMW convertible to do so since the E46-generation 3 Series Convertible ended production in 2006.

That brings it in line with the latest 2 Series and 8 Series convertibles and matches the rival Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class cabriolets. The 4 Series Convertible’s soft-top uses panel bow elements and a glass rear window that, BMW claims, offer greater acoustic and thermal comfort than a standard soft top. The electrically powered roof takes 18 seconds to open or close and can be operated at vehicle speeds of up to 31mph.

The roof is 40% lighter than the hard top used in the previous 4 Series Convertible and BMW has used extra bracing and panels to improve the body rigidity, which the firm says is 4% higher than on the previous version.

The launch line-up is headlined by the £59,645 M440i xDrive, offered in convertible guise for the first time and featuring a 369bhp mild-hybrid six-cylinder petrol engine and four-wheel drive. There are also two four-cylinder petrol engines, offering 181bhp and 254bhp, and a 187bhp four-cylinder diesel. Two straight-six diesels will follow in November next year and all engines use an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The UK will offer the 4 Series Convertible in M Sport specification as standard. This features M Sport suspension, 18in alloy wheels, front sport seats and a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen. M Sport Pro Edition, adding 19in alloys, a new Sprint mode and adaptive suspension, will be available as an option.

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TS7

30 September 2020

...looks worse on this than the coupé.

 

30 September 2020
TS7 wrote:

...looks worse on this than the coupé.

 

Looks much better without the cheap, bulky-looking framed doors. Now they just need to get rid of the gaint grab handles and replace them with flush handles.

I've always supported the new grille design. Previous 3 and 4 series looked too boring. 

30 September 2020

 Looks more like a Mercedes now?

30 September 2020
The grill doesn't seem so offensive on this. Maybe I'm getting used to it.

30 September 2020

Ridiculous promotional hype to call the grill "Bold"... Bollocks more likely.

30 September 2020

The grille in itself looks fine. It's a distinctive shape unlike the rest of the car.

In profile the rising rear deck puts too much metal between the top of the wheelarch & the top of the rear wing. The rear overhang is excessive.

If BMW wants to make cars that are easier on the eye, forget fancy grilles, they don't address the overall fundamental weak designs. The fancy grilles ar mere distractions, no more.

30 September 2020

with a pair of silver arse cheeks stuck on the front.

30 September 2020

You thought Chris Bangle got it bad... but he'll be remembered as a visionary especially for the 5 Series... this however will go down as Bugs Bunny's Front Teeth... no laughing matter now or ever !

What were they thinking... Oh; I know, they weren't!

They are however just about sharp enough to sign off the design when the Quandt family were on the beach...

Designers working weekends atm as the facelift is already in the skunk works... so if you like Bugs Bunny, get in quick !

 

 

MrJ

30 September 2020

The grille gives it a flavour of the old Ford Edsel. Not exactly pretty. 

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