BMW 4 Series Convertible spied

15 May, 2012 11:45am Paul Taylor

The BMW 4 Series Convertible has been spotted testing with its roof down for the first time

The BMW 4 Series Convertible has been spotted testing with its roof down for the first time. The 4 Series name will be used on coupe and covertible versions of the 3 Series, and is due to go on sale in 2013.

The 4 Series Convertible gets the same nose, wheel designs and interior trim as the new 3 Series, but the soft-top model's wheelbase is 50mm longer than the car it replaces, for more space in the back seats. There should be more luggage space too, even with the top down.

It's also likely to weigh around 40kg less than the outgoing 3 Series Convertible, and it's expected that the roof will be able to open and close much faster than the current car’s time of 23 seconds.

Economy will also be improved, thanks to the addition of an EfficientDynamics model with regenerative braking, gear-shift indicator and a stop-start system.

The model line-up is likely tol follow the 3 Series saloon, with a 420d using the 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine with fuel economy of around 65mpg. Petrol choices will include a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol in the 428i, and a 315bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder in the 435i.

The flagship M4 convertible is set to joing the line-up in 2014, with a turbocharged six-cylinder producing around 450bhp. Expect a 0-62mph time of around 4.7 seconds.

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This could be the first BMW to turn your head in a long time if they leave the swirl pattern on. If you want a car that really turns heads you better order an evoque.

If it has the same front end as the current 3 then it will be a great shame. After seeing a few on the road - they are no better in the flesh.
Another BMW model totally ruined then. The current 3 coupe is one of the few good looking models left.

Evoque turns heads the same way Juke does.
Good marketing move from BMW as 6 series too big and ugly and 3 series too small and beautiful. BMW is a company that knows what is doing like the rest of the German luxury cars.

The day BMW produces a car with style, will be the day i return to the fold.

seems like a marketing ploy to fill a gap in the market for a 4 series as i thought the 4 series would be a horrid 5 series GT. like all German marques you can't fault their engineering provided owners get them serviced but in terms of style there is better looking cars out there. all german designs are cold, too clinical, uninspiring and quite frankly boring.