The show that marks the end of the spring season, the New York International Auto Show, is no stranger to impressive drop-tops but we have one here that is truly special. The bad news is that the Bavarian faithful never truly embraced the BMW M3 Convertible with its rather awkward appearance; the good news is that it is out of here. It has been replaced by the totally new 4-Series convertible outfitted with industry standard surpassing M-Sport suspension and powertrain components to form a BMW convertible that looks as good as it performs.
The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible stands out with a powerfully expressive front-end that is characteristic of a finely tuned European sports car. The dual kidney shaped black front grilles and trio of wide lower air intakes hint at the designer’s emphasis on performance while deeply etched contours and the twin-stalk mounted side view mirrors relay a focus on aerodynamic efficiency. Optional LED lighting and M-Sport side air-gills bespeak volumes about the continuing commitment of the M-Sport line to exploring and developing new technologies. A beautiful assortment of stunning color choices, complimented by specially designed wheels and stylishly placed M-Sport badging, completes the aesthetic effect of this lovely convertible.
Inside, the new M4 Convertible offers seating that is carefully designed to provide comfort while placing the driver in a perfect position for optimum vehicle control. The seats are comprised of a single-piece back panel in a racing inspired design that is both ergonomic and safe. The wide adjustable bolsters and low seating surfaces yield a seating position that is both supportive and relaxed. Premium materials and craftsmanship, with supple leather and meticulous stitching, abound inside the M4 Convertible, which is also equipped with analog gauges and all of the latest in audio, connectivity, and comfort features. In typical fashion, the M-Sport logo is displayed stylishly and copiously.
An M-Sport tuned suspension system is the norm on these high-performance vehicles and this one is no exception. It is an adaptive unit supported by an electromechanical power steering system and an Active M electronic differential that maximizes traction to all-four wheels. Three steering and suspension settings are available; COMFORT, SPORT, and SPORT-PLUS, depending upon driving circumstances and requirements. M compound brakes are standard on the M4 Convertible but customers may also opt for the lighter M carbon-ceramic brake system, which features gold-colored brake calipers and greater braking efficiency.
The M4 Convertible uses the same engine found in the M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan. It is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder equipped with two fast responding twin-scroll turbochargers, high-precision direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing. Despite the fact that the new six-cylinder engine overpowers last year’s eight-cylinder engine, it achieves improved fuel efficiency and cleaner exhaust emissions. This engine produces 425-hp and 408 lb.-ft. of torque, with the capacity to dart from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4-seconds, and a top-speed of 155 mph (electronically controlled).
The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible is expected to make its worldwide debut during the 2014 New York International Auto Show, which is scheduled for April 16 through 27 (April 16 and 17 are media only days) in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, NY, USA.