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BMW Reveals All-New M4 Convertible

Bavarian maker rolling out new speedster in New York.

by on Apr.03, 2014

BMW added a ragtop to is M line-up with a new M4 convertible. It debuted today at the New York Auto Show.

BMW is about to add another new model to its rapidly expanding line-up of performance M cars. And, little surprise, the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible will have plenty in common with the coupe model, as well as the new BMW M3 Sedan.

Set to debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show later this month, the ragtop M4 will be powered by the now-familiar BMW TwinPower 3.0-liter inline-six – here relying on two mono-scroll turbos – that can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission.

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Redlining at 7,600 RPMs – a significant number for a turbo engine, the package churns out a hefty 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and is likely to be at least one of the fastest BMW cabriolets ever, with a 0 to 60 time nudging down around 4.4 seconds with the stick and 4.2 seconds with the DCT. (more…)

BMW Builds Buzz with New 4-Series Convertible

Bigger 3-Series replacement retains flavor of predecessor.

by on Nov.20, 2013

BMW's new 4-Series convertible is a larger version of the outgoing 3-Series model.

The 4-Series Convertible from BMW makes a much-anticipated debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show as BMW continues to expand its latest model line with new models.

The 4-Series is the next BMW vehicle going through the German maker’s new naming convention – first adopted with the 6-Series – in which premium two-door and cabriolet models adopt an even number model name and sedans take an odd number.

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The all-new BMW 4-Series Convertible is coming to America with a longer wheelbase, wider track and lower ride height than the previous-generation BMW 3-Series Convertible that has been the soft top in the BMW line. Its lower suspension also brings down the car’s center of gravity for better driving dynamics. (more…)

BMW Set to Reveal New 4-Series Convertible

Global debut set for LA Auto Show.

by on Oct.14, 2013

The upcoming launch of the convertible will round out BMW's new 4-Series line-up.

The new BMW 4-Series is about to go topless.  We got our first look at the Bavarian maker’s 4-Series last January when the compact coupe stormed onto the stage at the Detroit Auto Show. The convertible will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The 4-Series is the ever-so-slightly larger and sexier replacement for the Coupe and Convertible versions of the old BMW 3-Series. The split reflects the approach first adopted with the 6-Series in which premium 2-door and cabriolet models adopt an even model name, sedans an odd number.

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The new BMW 4-Series Coupe has been getting kudos for a more muscular and well-balanced design than the old 3-Series 2-door, with a fastback roofline that is clearly reminiscent of the bigger and more expensive 6-Series. The 4-Series Convertible maintains the new Coupe’s basic dimensions, meaning it will also be longer, wider and roomier than the outgoing 3-Series Cabriolet.


First Look: BMW Concept 4-Series Coupe

Filling the white space - in Liquid Metal Silver.

by on Dec.05, 2012

BMW's long-awaited 4-Series will debut in concept form at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

Just when you might have thought there’d be no more opportunities to flesh out the BMW line-up, the Bavarian maker has come up with another white space to fill – with the long-awaited BMW Concept 4-Series.

Don’t worry, it won’t remain in show car form for long. Spinning off from the 3-Series sedan line, the new BMW 4-Series will include both Coupe and Cabriolet models when the production version reaches showrooms next year.  The move echoes the strategy of rival Mercedes-Benz which adopted the CLK designation for its C-Class Coupe.

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Explains a news release from BMW, “The ‘4’ doesn’t just mark the start of a new cycle, it represents the zenith of a development curve. BMW has given the new model its own individual character and a standalone design – and, in so doing, has turned ‘4’ into segment shorthand for aesthetic and dynamic appeal.”


First Look: 2012 BMW M6

Most powerful M model ever.

by on Feb.13, 2012


BMW will launch the new M6 Convertible first.

The BMW M6 is back after a two-year absence, with the performance version of the German convertible scheduled to reach U.S. showrooms in June, just in time for open air weather.

The BMW M6 Convertible will bear a 2012 designation, the M6 Coupe will be badged a 2013 model, however, when it lands in the States late this coming Summer.  Both models, the maker claims, will deliver track-level performance while setting “new benchmarks in dialing driving comfort…and fuel efficiency.”


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The third-generation M6 models – which go into production a quarter-century after the original – will share the most powerful engine ever fitting into a production model from BMW M GmbH and will introduce an innovative Active M Differential to optimize rear axle power transfer.  But while the new engine will bump up horsepower by 10% over the prior M6 V-10, and torque by 30%, fuel economy is also expected to improve by 30%,


First Drive: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Good timing.

by on Jan.26, 2011

Put away your mukluks and roll the top down on your new BMW 650i Convertible.

BMW is nothing if not ambitious, and this year is aiming for record global sales — rolling out the products it thinks can get it there, including the 2012 BMW 650i Cabriolet.

We got the chance to take the convertible for a drive around balmy Cape Town, South Africa, sharing some seat time with senior officials including BMW board member Klaus Draeger, who is confident the market for premium convertibles will remain stable, as it has been since the boom year of the last decade.

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Perhaps that explains why BMW reversed the normal cadence of its product program, first rolling out the cabrio version of the new 6-Series, which will hit U.S. showrooms in May.  The 2-door will follow later this year, and a distinctive 4-door coupe will only be ready in 2012.

The new 6-er Convertible grew by 3 inches in length and 2 inches in width, though its roof is 0.31 inches lower compared to the outgoing model. This was possible, since the height of the dashboard could be lowered because of the use – for the first time – of a free standing 70-inch navi display.


BMW’s New 6-Series a High-Visibility No-Show at L.A. Auto Show

We have the pics, the details, but where’s the sheet metal?

by on Nov.19, 2010

BMW pulls a sneak preview for the new 2012 650i Convertible, which goes on sales early in 2011.

The much-anticipated L.A. Auto Show preview of the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible may have happened but no one seems to know where.  Despite a press release suggesting the debut took place, the German maker didn’t show up on the media preview schedule, nor did it pull it off a surprise unveiling by, say, hijacking some other manufacturer’s timeslot.

That said, we’ve got the details and pictures of the 6-Series drop-top and are pleased to pass them along.

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Set to launch next year as a 2012 model, the next-generation cabriolet is a decidedly cleaner and more elegant-looking offering than the old 6-er convertible.  The basic dimensions are classic BMW, with the long hood, rear-set passenger compartment and muscular fenders.  The vehicle is a bit larger than the outgoing convertible in most dimensions, the overall length, for example, growing 2.9 inches, to 192.6 inches.