BMW 4 Series goes topless



BMW has unveiled the new 4 Series Convertible, which trades its folding hardtop for a new fabric roof; due in Singapore first half 2021


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MUNICH, GERMANY

BMW’s new large double kidney grille have surfaced again, this time on the latest 4 Series Convertible, following their introduction on the Coupe in June, and the M3/M4 performance cars last month. The new droptop is expected to arrive in Singapore in the first half of 2021, shortly after the debut of the 4 Series Coupe at the end of this year. 

The most significant change on the new 4 Series Convertible is the roof, which is now a soft fabric piece. It’s the first model in this series to use a soft top since the E46 3 Series Convertible from the early 2000s, and sees BMW reverting to using fabric roofs after two generations of folding hardtops.

As a result, BMW says that the new 4 Series Convertible’s roof is 40 percent lighter than the outgoing model. The roof itself uses panel bow elements and a glass rear windscreen, which BMW claims offers greater sound and heat insulation over regular soft tops. The electrically-powered roof opens and closes in 18 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Other details are similar to the newly-launched 4 Series Coupe, with the 420i Convertible and 430i Convertible being the first models to start with, and a 430i M Sport Edition Pro edition, with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension and a ‘Sprint’ function in its Steptronic Sport transmission, set to be the range-topper.



The most powerful variant of the drop-top, at least before an M4 Convertible is introduced, is expected to be the M440i, with its 3.0-litre straight-six turbo with 374hp and 48V mild hybrid powerplant. However, there are currently no firm plans to introduce the M440i, in either coupe or convertible form, to Singapore.

Pricing details have not been announced, but expect the 4 Series Convertible to cost a slight premium over the equivalent coupe model.


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