BMW has introduced the all new 2015 BMW M4 convertible model which is all set to reach US dealerships to join the M4 Coupe late this summer. The M4 is a replacement to the M3 and from the day BMW announced the same, we were expecting a droptop version of the same.
Perhaps the most important change on the M4 Convertible model is the new engine. The M4 Convertible equips the same BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 cylinder heart that powers the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. Compared to the previous generation which was powered by a V8 engine, the M4 Convertible’s inline-six puts out an identical 425 hp and a 40 percent increased peak torque of 406 lb-ft.
The high revving engine helps the M4 Convertible sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds on the manual version while the automatic variant takes 4.2 seconds. Top speed for both the variants is limited to 155 mph. The new engine can either be mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M-DCT automatic transmission.
The face of the M4 Convertible is in line with its siblings. The uniqueness of the exterior lies in the powerful contours and three-dimensionality that BMW has imparted. To complement the crisp design of the car are features like the traditional kidney grille with black-painted bars, BMW M double-spoke wheels bearing the M logo, a trio of massive air intakes in the front apron, a beautiful hood featuring the power dome and aerodynamically optimized rear view mirrors.
Moving on to the inside, there are a number of BMW M touches like M door sill finishers, M gearshift lever, M driver footrest, M-design circular instruments, M leather steering wheel featuring chrome and contrast stitching. The M-DCT equipped automatic variants also get electroplated-look paddle shifters.
The M4 Convertible is significantly heavier than the M4 Coupe model, reason being the new three piece retractable hardtop. At the push of a button, the hardtop folds into the rear of car in just 20 seconds at speeds up to 18 km/h or 11 mph. Additionally, the new model not only offers 0.7 cubic feet of extra cargo space when the top is up but also features an electro-hydraulic loading assistance system that can be used to raise the hardtop ensuring wider access to the luggage area.
The new model is going to make its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and will arrive in US showrooms this summer.