Return to soft top for M3 ‘vert
Competition-grade only means 510 hp for wind in your hair
BMW‘s M4 has just gone topless once again. The BMW M4 Competition Convertible offers 510 hp, all-wheel drive, and (sorry M-purists), an automatic transmission as the only gearbox choice. But with performance and open-air like this, we’re not sure anyone will mind.
The Competition trim will be the only version offered as a convertible, which is somewhat ironic since convertibles are rarely eligible for any competition without the addition of a roll cage. It drops the folding hardtop of the previous generation in favour of a fabric roof that weighs just 40 percent of the solid piece. It also means 80L more space in the trunk and the roof is able to open or close in 18 seconds, even on the move.
Like the covered M4, the car gets BMW’s large new kidneys with an M-specific finish as well as large air intakes for cooling the engine as well as the brakes. It also has beefy wheel arches to fit the wide tires and the side vents BMW calls M Side Gills.
The turbocharged 3.0L inline-six makes 510 hp, as it does in the coupe, 60 horses more than the last M4 convertible. A peak torque figure of 479 lb-ft, the M version of xDrive with an Active M Differential, and the eight-speed automatic all help launch the car out of corners, while the AWD system offers the ability to send all of the drive to the rear wheels if you want.
Though the chassis has been retuned for the convertible, it comes standard with Adaptive M electronic dampers, variable-ratio steering, and BMW’s adjustable-feel brake system with M Compound brakes standard and carbon ceramics on the options list. Forged alloy wheels 19-inches up front and 20-inches in the back wear massive summer tires to help manage the power.
Inside, the car will be a copy of the M4 Competition Coupe, but with the ability to look up and see the clouds fly by. Though you’d probably best save that view for passengers since the M4 is designed for driving over sightseeing. Production starts in July and expect them to start arriving in showrooms not long after.