The coupe has not even arrived at dealerships yet, but the convertible is about to unfold at the New York International Auto Show. The new 2015 BMW M4 convertible will be arriving just in time for the end of summer. Note that since 2014, the sedan is now part of the 3 Series, while the coupe and convertible are badged as 4 Series.
The six-cylinder inline twin turbo M4 convertible produces the same power as the M3 sedan and the M4 coupe, though we've discovered that this model is heavier. It tips the scales at 1,840 pounds, or forty pounds less than it's predecessor. However, it is nearly 240 pounds heavier than the M4 coupe, which should be noticeable in it's level of performance.
The 3.0-litre twin turbo delivers 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 11 horses, but a significant 111 lb-ft of torque over the previous M3's 4.0-litre V8. What is particularly interesting is that the torque is produced at 1,850 revolutions per minute, and is maintained all the way up to 5,500 revolutions per minute. BMW says that the 0-96 km/h can be accomplished within 4.4 seconds with the manual transmission, and 4.2 with the double clutch automatic. The coupe is even faster, with 4.1 and 3.9 seconds respectively.
The 2015 M4 convertible is even more comfortable. There are now hot air jets installed in the headrests and seatbacks. The hard top, split into three sections, was refurbished with sound absorbing material, which reduced the noise level by two decibels. To remove and replace the roof takes about 20 seconds, and it can be operated at speeds of up to 18 km/h. The trunk is slightly larger than before, but when the roof retracts, it's capacity is halved.
Obviously the price has not yet been announced. Nevertheless, on the Canadian BMW site, the coupe retails for $75,000. Add a few thousand dollars to that figure to remove the roof!
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca