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OFFICIAL: 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

OFFICIAL: 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

A few days ago we had the first leaked photos of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible, so it was clear BMW were close to revealing the 4 Series Convertible. And here it is. Bigger than the old 3 Series Convertible – and, not surprisingly, looking very like the 4 Series Coupe – the new 4 Series Convertible keeps the folding metal roof the 3 Series had so you really get a proper coupe and convertible all in one.

Even though it looks much the same as the old 3 Series roof, the new 4 Series roof is a completely redesigned job with better aerodynamics, better sound proofing and the ability to open or close in 20 seconds at up to 11mph.

Other convertible improvements include more boot space, reduced buffeting with the air blocker in place and optional neck warmers for a topless blast on a chilly day – perhaps the best time to play with any convertible.

The UK will get a choice of three powerplants at launch – the 420d with 181bhp, the 428i with 242bhp and the 435i with 302bhp from its turbo straight six – with a six speed manual ‘box as standard and the excellent eight speed auto as an option (pick that – you’ll get better performance and improved economy).

BMW reckon the new 4 Series is 40 per cent stiffer than the old 3 Series Convertible – and 20kg lighter – which augers well for its dynamic ability, and specs will be similar to those on the 4 Series Coupe.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible goes on sale in March next year and will cost from £35,650 for the entry-level 420d SE – about £4k more than the Coupe.

By Cars UK