4 April 2014

New BMW M4 Convertible in September

BMW will launch its new M4 Convertible on 6 September next, writes Trish Whelan.

This, the fifth generation high-performance open-top car of its kind from the company's M division, comes hot on the heels of the M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé both of which were revealed at Detroit at the start of the year.

It shows all the hallmarks of a car created by BMW's high-performance specialists - lightweight engineering (it has shed 60kg compared with its predecessor), honed aerodynamics, advanced race-derived chassis tuning and electronic driver assistance technologies, with a sporty, elegant profile, open or closed.

The wheelbase and width have been increased compared with the M3 Convertible model, and the three-part metal roof now comes with more noise insulation. A new loading aid raises the folded roof when it's stowed in the boot to give owners access to their belongings in just 6 seconds, while the luggage capacity is now up to 370 litres with the roof closed, 220 litres when it is stowed.

The car gets its firepower from a high-revving six-cylinder 431hp TwinPower Turbo engine which benefits from technologies developed on the race track. Torque is a whopping 550 Nm. The car takes just 4.6 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint with the six-speed manual gearbox or 4.4 with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (optional at another €4,596). Top speed is 250km/h.

The M4 Convertible offers a fuel consumption combined figure of 9.1 - 8.7 L/100km (that's 31 - 32.5mpg); and C02 emissions of 213 - 203g/km placing it in Band F of €1,200 a year in annual road tax. But if you can afford the car's OTR starting price here of €108,300, that high tax band probably won't matter a whit to you for the excitement the car offers.

In addition to Adaptive M suspension and 19-inch M light alloy wheels, the Irish standard specification list will include the BMW Professional media package, upgraded Bluetooth and USB, front and rear Park Distance Control, folding exterior mirrors and heated front seats.

BMW say the M4 Convertible feels equally at home on road and track.