A cool, salty ocean breeze will take your mind off many things until something highly reflective drives by.

BMW

Love it or hate it, but the new BMW Corporate Schnozz for the 4 Series is here and chances are you will see it regularly soon. We're not big fans of this, but we were curious to see if removing the roof from the 4 Series would do anything to improve its appearance. Thankfully, BMW did just that, and while we found the results to be less than mind-boggling, the taste is subjective and you may feel differently.

Aside from how it looks, there is a lot to like 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible, including its generally flavorful drivetrains (which we've covered elsewhere) and the high level of safety and comfort technology – but the coolest part of the 4 Series Ragtop is the convertible top itself.

For more of that

Subscribe to the Roadshow newsletter, receive notifications, and see related articles on CNET.

Historically, convertible top mechanisms have been relatively heavy and complicated, but BMW engineers – as Germans and everyone – decided to improve on this. The result is a convertible top system that's 40% lighter than the outgoing model's hardtop, and in case you're bad at numbers, 40% is a lot of weight.

Of course, a lot of that weight comes from switching to a collapsible top from a retractable hardtop, but that's just the beginning. The new top dances in just 18 seconds and can be performed at a speed of up to 50 km / h.

According to BMW, the convertible top offers more headroom than the hardtop (though not much, just 0.2 inches) as well as better sound and heat insulation – especially when it comes to heating the cabin on a cold day. These are all pretty cool. Roof tops have come a long way in the past few decades.

BMW plans to charge $ 54,095 for the new 430i convertible, $ 56,095 for the 430i xDrive convertible, $ 64,995 for the M440i convertible, and $ 66,995 for the M440i xDrive convertible (all including the target fee of $ 995, natch). The rear-wheel drive models are expected to be available at dealerships in March, while the xDrive versions will not arrive until July.

2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible: The loss of the roof didn't make it any nicer

View all photos

2021-bmw-4-series-convertible001

2021-bmw-4-series-convertible002


Running:
Look at that:

2020 BMW M850i ​​Gran Coupé: For the luxury sports driver …

6:09

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here