To round out the recent wave of announcements, BMW revealed the 2021 4-Series drop-top, unveiling a new version of the popular fair-weather ride that presents buyers with a bevy of changes.
Visually, the new 430i and M440i convertibles mark a striking departure from the outgoing iterations. The much-debated new BMW grille makes for a far more expressive and much beefier nose, and the fold-away hard top has been replaced by a soft version that drops weight and adds cargo space and more room for the passengers riding in back.
Lovers of the stick shift will be disappointed to learn that the manual gearbox has been 86ed for 2021. That said, the 8-speed automatic should suffice, and for the purist drivers out there is solace to be found in the just-revealed M4.
The M440i Convertible receives BMW’s B58 six-cylinder, which displaces three liters and can get the summery ride to 60 with its 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The 430i comes standard with the B46, a 2L four-cylinder that offers drivers a respectable 255 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both ragtops are of course outfitted with the newest BMW infotainment system.
Pricing begins at $54K for the 4-Series Convertible siblings. Deliveries are expected to arrive in the U.S. in the late winter or early spring.