German automaker BMW showcased the new BMW M4 Convertible in a press release issued Aug. 31.
One of the M4 Convertible’s major highlights is the three-section folding metal roof, which has full interior lining. Thanks to superb design and construction, this roof offers excellent soundproofing and is winter-proof. With the press of a button, drivers can see the roof open in under 20 seconds at speeds up to 11 mph.
The new M4 Convertible displays the same design lines of other convertible 4 Series models. It offers a silhouette of a Coupe when the hardtop is closed, while also providing a stylish silhouette when open. The signature power dome for the hood, twinstalk style mirrors, flared front and rear wheel arches, shorn off B-pillars and aggressive front fascia are just a few of the exciting body features on the new convertible.
While there are a few similarities between the M4 Convertible and its 4 Series siblings, there is one major difference: performance.
At the heart of the M4 Convertible is a newly developed 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine featuring BMW’s M TwinPower Turbo technology. This engine may seem familiar to some, as it is used in the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. Power created by this engine is rated at 431 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Combined with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, the car’s 0-62 mph time is said to be 4.4 seconds, per the press release.
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Aiding in the new BMW‘s quick acceleration is its light weight, made possible by the intelligent construction. The hood and front side panels are constructed from aluminum, along with many other components. Providing a light weight and impressive rigidity is carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). This material is used throughout the M4 Convertible, including in the drive shaft and precision strut in the engine compartment.
While the price and availability of the car were not announced in the press release, we expect it to hit showroom floors by the end of this year, or early 2015.