BMW 4-Series Convertible Lands In U.S., Priced From $51,300

Joanna Estrada
September 30, 2020

The key difference between this new 4-Series Convertible and the model it replaces is that the 2021 now features a soft-top whereas the previous-generation auto had a heavy hardtop.

Now that the same look has been applied to the redesigned 2021 BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe, we're starting to become accustomed to it, so much so that it nearly looks entirely normal on the redesigned 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible unveiled late on Tuesday.

The new looks extend to the roof which is now a soft-top instead of a retractable hard-top like on the previous generation. The simpler, sleeker soft-top not only improves the way the 4-Series Convertible looks but also makes it lighter and takes up less space both when stretched over the cabin and folded in the trunk. The roof can be opened and closed in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour (50 km/h).

Powertrains essentially mirror those of the hardtop coupe, with one addition.

While an assortment of diesel engines are on offer to European buyers, Australian customers will be presented a choice of three turbocharged petrol engines shared with the coupe: the 135kW/300Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder 420i, 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre 430i, and the flagship 285kW/500Nm, 3.0-litre inline-six-powered M440i xDrive. Sitting above these variants in the range are the M440i and M440i xDrive Convertibles that use a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque between 1,800 rpm and 5,000 rpm. It also smooths the operation of the start-stop system and allows it to shut down the gasoline engine at speeds as high as 9 miles per hour when decelerating.

In the United States, the 4-Series Convertible will be offered with the same range of engines as the 4-Series Coupe. Pull and hold the left shift paddle, and the throttle response, exhaust system, and transmission mapping all switch into Sport mode, while the gearbox downshifts into the lowest possible gear.

The M440i comes with additional chassis embellishments including an M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, and Variable Sport steering, all of which can be added to the 430i. A fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch screen is available (an analog cluster with an integrated 5.1-inch screen is still standard), and next to this sits a large infotainment screen (8.8 inches standard and 10.25 inches available). Standard driver assists include forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible will enter production in Germany in March 2021. The latest 4 Series Convertible also has a folding rear backrest and a through-loading facility. Available matte-finish colours include Frozen Portimao Blue metallic and Frozen Deep Grey metallic. The vehicle in these pictures is finished in San Remo Green Metallic, one of three new colors out of a total exterior palette of 11 (nine of which are extra cost).

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