BMW’s M3/M4 twins are amongst the most anticipated new car launches of the year, both locally and internationally. In a few weeks’ time we will be reporting from the international launch of these exciting new products. Seeing as how the previous generations of M3 models have spawned convertible models it’s no surprise that drop-top variants of the latest generation have been spotted testing.
Like the coupe and sedan, the Convertible will come with a twin-turbocharged, 3,0-litre straight-six engine delivering 317 kW and 550 N.m. Drive will go to the rear wheels only, via a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission, and owners can expect zero-to-100 km/h sprint times of around 4,0 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. Standard M goodies will include adjustable stability and traction control, adjustable electronic power steering and adjustable suspension.
The drop-top M will boast a slightly wider body, especially around the wheelarches. To keep mass to a minimum, a raft of lightweight materials will be used including aluminium, carbon-fibre reinforced plastics and carbon-fibre. Expect the folding roof to be carried over from the BMW 4 Series convertible, which we drove on its international launch.
The 4 Series convertible has just been launched in South Africa so speed-loving sun-seekers can expect the M4 convertible to make its way to local showrooms in due course.