BMW reveals the 4-Series Cabriolet {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

25 Mar 2014

BMW has revealed the 4-Series Cabriolet ahead of the public reveal at the LA Motor Show in November. Keeping the same metal hardtop design as the older 3-Series Cabriolet, the new 4-Series Cabrio aims to combine all the best aspects of a coupe and a convertible in one car.

Keeping the low nose and stance of the 4-Series coupe, the Cabriolet is identical to the a-Pillars, and even then only the actual roof and upper boot area are changed. The rear lights and lower valance all stay the same too, but the folding metal roof is a shorter affair than the coupe, so there is more bootlid visible and there is a tighter curve to the roof itself.

Visually we think it works well, the new rear design works much better than on the previous 3-Series Cabrio, and BMW is making strong claims about the structural rigidity of the 4er Cabrio so it should handle just as well. There is quite a weight penalty for all the structural changes though, with models generally weighing in around 300 kg more than the coupe which obviously has effects on the performance and economy of the models. As with the coupe, there are five model levels available – SE, Sport, Luxury, Modern and M-Sport.

At launch there are two petrol and one diesel engine available – from the diesel camp there is the 420d with a 2.0 litre turbodiesel lump producing 181 bhp and 280 lb/ft of torque. This is expected to be the biggest seller in the UK. The petrol selection starts with the 2.0 litre four cylinder twin turbo 428i with 241 bhp and 258 lb/ft and is topped off by the 3.0 litre twin turbo straight six 435i with 302 bhp and 295 lb/ft of torque.

In the future there will also be a 4 cylinder petrol 420i and a lower powered, single turbo 3.0 litre turbodiesel 430d, along with the inevitable M4 Cabriolet with a 420 bhp powerplant.

Prices start from £36,675 for the 420d SE, rising to £39,515 for the 428i SE and £44,970 for the 435i Luxury, and the 4-Series Cabriolet goes on sale in March 2014.