Designed to replace the 3-Series Convertible, the BMW 4-Series Convertible is a topless, high-style alternative to the 3-Series sedan. Also offered as a coupe, it is quieter, cushier and more tech-focused than its predecessor but it continues to serve up an engaging driving experience to go along with its distinctive look.
The 4’s wide stance is accentuated up front by a muscular, creased hood, a flared lower fascia and BMW’s new fused-grille/headlight design. The flanks feature sharply creased character lines and vent-like “Air Breather” aerodynamic aids that work with “Air Curtain” front intakes to cheat the wind, while a racy, elongated roofline combines with a lengthy hood to create classic proportions.
The 4 is fitted with a three-piece retractable hard top that electronically opens or closes in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 11 mph. The hard top provides a quieter ride and better all-weather insulation than a conventional fabric top while giving the convertible a coupe-like silhouette when closed.
Backing up the sporty appearance is a choice of two powerful yet efficient turbocharged and directed-injected motors. The 428i uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque – potent enough to propel the coupe from zero-to-60 mph in the mid-five-second range – while the 435i packs a 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, BMW says the 435i can hit 60 mph in five seconds flat.