The previous-generation BMW M4 was available with two body styles: coupe and convertible. So far, the current model only comes with a fixed roof. Thankfully, fans of the open-top M car will be glad to know that the M4 Convertible isn’t dead.
BMW has revealed the 2022 M4 Convertible. Unlike before, the new model is available in Competition trim only. That means the 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six produces 510 horsepower and 650 Nm torque. Unfortunately, there’s no manual transmission or rear-wheel drive option available for the drop-top M4. It comes standard with an 8-speed ZF gearbox and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Sorry purists, you can't get three pedals for the M4 Convertible, but at least the AWD system can still send 100% of the power to the rear wheels.
Despite chopping the roof off and subsequently making the car heavier, the M4 Convertible can still sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h with the optional M Driver’s package. Not bad for a convertible considering the coupe accelerates around the same rate.
The reason the new M4 Convertible is capable of accelerating fast is because of its new roof. Rather than a heavy metal folding hardtop, BMW fitted a traditional soft-top similar to the standard 4-Series Convertible and Z4. The automaker says the new soft-top roof is 40% lighter than the outgoing mechanism. As a result, the center of gravity is lower, and there's less added weight.
Apart from the new soft-top roof, the BMW M4 Convertible looks visually similar to its coupe counterpart. Forged lightweight M wheels sit on all four corners hiding the large M Compound brakes. If you plan to track the open-top M4, carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option. Adaptive M suspension and various driving modes ensure owners can make the most out of the car, no matter their skill set.
Somehow, the new look of the M4 suits the Convertible better than the coupe. Either that or the large BMW kidney grille has started growing on us.