This is the new BMW 4 Series Convertible, coming just four months after the launch of the 4 Series Coupe. Longer, lower and wider than its predecessor BMW have designed the 4 Series to be “more sporty” than the 3 Series with the huge kidney grille, new design headlights and massive air intake taken straight from the Coupe version.
The new three section roof includes a new headliner designed to absorb sound so interior cabin noise has been reduced. It can also be raised and lowered at speeds up to 8mph in 20 seconds and has the option of neck warmers for both front seats, using hot hair to keep the front occupants warmer.
The chassis is exactly the same as? the 4 Series Coupe but the drive setup is quite different with re-tuned dampers, alterations to the camber and roll centre, stiffer control arms and other modifications to give the car an altogether more sportier setup. There will be a choice of 3 engines upon launch, the 420d, 428i and the flagship 435i. The 420d produces 184bhp giving a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and is capable of achieving over 60mpg. The 428i petrol engine pumps out a 245bhp with a 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds with the flagship 435i providing a nice 306bhp via the straight six and turbo charger capable of a 0-62mph sprint time of just 5.6 seconds.
Power is put to the rear wheels via a six speed manual gearbox with an eight speed automatic available as a factory option.
Boot space has been increased from its predecessor to 370 litres with the roof up and 220 litres with the roof down and utilises a new system that can adjust the way the folded roof is stored for more space. Equipment levels are good too with lots of new toys. All models come with xenon headlights as standard with the option of full LED lights from the factory, heated front seats, leather steering wheel with multimedia controls, automatic seat-belt feeders for the front seats, a 6.5″ display system and front and rear parking sensors.
Prices start from ?35,650 for the 420d SE entry model – an increase of ?4,075 over the coupe variant rising to ?44,970 for the flagship 435i. The launch date will be the 8th of March next year.
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