Only 30 of the limited-run special edition will come to the UK, priced from £76,675
Jimi Beckwith
20 February 2018

BMW has released the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre, as a celebration of three decades of drop-top M-car production. 

The M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre is marked out by grey alloy wheels and badging across the car’s interior, including a plaque on the dashboard. 

Three hundred are being released worldwide, although the UK will only get 30 of these. The special edition will get an exclusive paint colour to boot, this dark grey colour joins Macao Blue in the two-colour palette, with the latter being a nod to the first M3 convertible, launched in 1988. 

The model is based on the M4 Competition Pack, which boosts the standard M4’s 425bhp to 444bhp - the same as the new Audi RS5. Torque stands at 406lb ft (37 lb ft down on the Audi) and 0-62mph passes in 4.5sec (0.6sec slower than the RS5 Coupé), but the folding hard-top M4 is 175kg heavier. Top speed is limited to 155mph.

Being based on the M4 Competition Pack also adds an M exhaust and adaptive suspension. Pricing starts at £76,675 for the 30 Jahre edition - £11,295 more than the M4 Competition Package, and £13,495 more than the standard M4 Cabriolet, but £12,455 less than the more hardcore M4 CS.

Unlike the M3, the M4 will not be axed as the new WLTP emissions testing system looms - BMW clarified that the M4 will be rehomologated and fitted with a new particulate filter, after a sales hiatus of ‘a couple of months’ to carry out the tweaks. The car’s performance will not be affected.

The M4 outsells the M3 by more than two to one - 2400 versus 1100 in 2017 - although less than a third of these were convertibles. The new M3 will arrive in 2020, with boosted power and a new look. The first look we’ll get at the new 3 Series will be at the Paris motor show later this year. 

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20 February 2018

It's a sign of the times.  Go to BMW's website to find weights/measures/emissions data ( you once could...) are now all gone.  You want weight: you send your details to a dealer to get a brochure.  The downloadable ones don't quote.  Why ?  Well, if you add 175kg to an M4 coupe you're heading for 1.8 metric tonne before you've sat in it.....  Where have all the M car-values gone ?  Direction China, I suspect.


20 February 2018

I'd noticed Jahre special editions being sold on the used car market (when I was looking for an M3 as this summer was supposed to be my change over date, before I decided BMW wasn't in my future).   Sure, they command a higher price, but the same one was listed week after week, month after month.


And other than having a few extra lines stitched on the seats, I really couldn't see the point of it?

20 February 2018

Not sure, maybe it’s the color or the photo editing, but this doesn’t look in the picture a pretty Car.

Peter Cavellini.

20 February 2018

Next week from BMW, the 3 series 35 armrest edition, celebrating 35 years of 3 series BMWs with an armrest.

20 February 2018
Luap wrote:

Next week from BMW, the 3 series 35 armrest edition, celebrating 35 years of 3 series BMWs with an armrest.


They'll be waiting for another 30 years before they celebrate the anniversary of the indicator stalk....

 NeVeR L8te Smile

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