2021 BMW M4 Convertible
The 2021 BMW M4 Convertible is the upcoming, next-generation version of the company’s beefed-up compact drop-top. Set to be unveiled alongside the Coupe, the 2021 M4 Convertible will share almost all exterior features with the hard-top model, save for changes necessary to accommodate a folding roof.
Likely based on the BMW Concept 4, the 2021 M4 Convertible will probably feature the massive front grille seen on the show car. Like most recent M-badged models, the 2021 M4 Convertible will most likely arrive with two engine options, with the more powerful version called M4 Competition. Let’s find out more about the upcoming convertible in the speculative review below.
2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible
BMW is set to launch an all-new 4-Series two-door sometime in 2019 or 2020, and while the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes over the current model, the G22 droptop will. Spy shots indicate that for the first time in two generations (E93 and F33), BMW is giving up on the folding hardtop design in favor of the more traditional soft top option which it last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2006.
Heavy camouflage covers the prototype spotted, but this important change is quite evident as the canvas top is left completely bare (quite obviously on purpose). It might be an illusion caused by the camo, but it also appears this new 4-Series has a longer hood and rear decklid compared to its predecessor.
Update 12/30/2019: The BMW 4 Series Convertible was caught on the back of a transport on the way to some final testing before its big debut. Check out the latest pictures in our “Spy Shots” section below.
2020 BMW M850i Convertible - Driven
The year was 2018, and it was time for BMW to have a Halo car outside of the aging i8, but BMW didn’t go for another EV or a high-powered supercar. Instead, after a 20-year hiatus, BMW decided that it was time to revive the 8 Series name, and that’s exactly what happened on June 15, 2018. The modern, sporty 2019 BMW 8 Series shot like an arrow straight to the heart of purists as BMW let out the roaring promise of crippling power in a sexy coupe silhouette – 523 horsepower in M850i form, to be specific. Since the return of the new 8 Series that hot day in the middle of June, the 8 Series lineup has expanded to include the 840i, M850i, M8, and the soon-to-launch Gran Coupe that should be offered in both M850i and M8 form.
Like most BMW fanboys, we started picking apart the new BMW 8 Series. We wondered: Is it worthy of the 8 Series name? Will it be worth the near-six-figure price? Can this large of a car really offer up the performance, handling, and luxury that not only have we come to expect from BMW but from something that wears the crown of a halo car? We’ve set out to find the truth on a number of occasions, and have even compared it on paper to the 6 Series, the Aston Martin DB11, and the Mercedes S-Class. It wasn’t until Summer of 2019 that we actually got to sit behind the wheel of the new 8 Series, though. But, when we did, we were graced with the honor of driving the M850i Convertible – a model that is said to blend 523 horsepower, world-class driving dynamics, and the best open-air feeling on the market.
The question now is, however, does the all-new 8 Series actually live up to the bold claims made by BMW? Well, we spent a whole week with the M850i Convertible, and this is our story. You might want to buckle up because things get interesting!!
2019 BMW i8 Roadster Driven
The BMW i8 Roadster is the car you want to have if you want to make more statements at once. If you want to look wealthy, unusual, and with an eye towards our future, you should park an i8 in your driveway. The 2+2 sports car still looks fresh six years into its production cycle and, as much as we love the glassed roof of the coupe, this roadster version is the one to have during the summer months. We took one for a spin to see if BMW has lost the lead in the hybrid sports car segment or if the i8 is still the king of the crop.
Now, the first thing you must know about the i8 Roadster is the concession it pushes you to make: due to the fact that you no longer have a fixed roof over your head and, instead, you have to make do with a soft top, there are o back seats. The place where the back seats used to be is eaten up by the two-piece, electrified roof when it’s folded away from view. On the other hand, you do get just as much oomph as in the case of the Coupe, namely 369 horsepower combined that translate to a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. Also, the roofless i8 was the first to come with the 11.6 kWh battery pack that feeds the single synchronous electric motor on the front axle and the one that sits on the back axle, near the engine.
2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible
Unveiled for the 2019 model year, the modern BMW 8 Series revives the iconic nameplate that the German firm produced from 1990 to 1999. Unlike its predecessor, the new 8 Series also spawned a convertible version to tackle the drop-top variant of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
After nearly two decades on the shelf, the BMW 8 Series is back, and it’s once again looking to head the BMW lineup with sporty grand touring luxury as a replacement for the outgoing 6 Series. Revived in both racing and full production form at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Bavarians kicked things off with a hardtop coupe iteration, but this new flagship also spawned a convertible ahead of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Does it have what it takes to give the S-Class Cabriolet a run for its money?
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1938 BMW 327 Sport Cabriolet
The BMW 327 was the German manufacturer’s foray into the production of more up-market sports cars that offered agreeable performance, elegant styling, and comfort. It shares much of the drivetrain with the 326 sedan, and some styling cues are shared with the more well-known 328 two-seaters.
The mid-size 327 arrived in 1937, one year after the motorsports-oriented 328 which was, in essence, a racing car for the road. The 327, however, was tailor-made for a different kind of customer. Be it in coupe or cabriolet guise, this car was a tourer in the true sense of the term, one that could withstand long journeys and offer seating for 4 adults.
It proved to be a popular car back in the interwar period with over with over 1,300 units being built in the Eisenach plant until 1941. The production of the 327 resumed at the same plant after the war but under Soviet rule. Those cars later became known as EMWs (Eisenach Motor Works). The 327 signaled that BMW had reached maturity barely a decade after the former aeronautical engine builder turned its attention to cars.
I test drove the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. The small BMW convertible showed me why I liked BMWs so much, it sparked the fire in my heart for BMWs once again, and I am not going back, ever. I love BMW, and now, finally, I definitely know why. It is for me. I am sure, if you had to chance to drive the M240i through a few bends on the mountain roads of the Gorges du Verdon canyon in France, the M240i would grow in your heart as well.
It is sublime!
I can’t even imagine what kind of a beast the M2 is. I haven’t driven it yet, but I am eagerly waiting to do so.
2019 BMW Z4
The third-generation BMW Z4 combines styling features seen on the Z4 Concept from 2017 and the flagship 8 Series Coupe. The roadster broke cover at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in M40i trim, but more versions joined the lineup toward 2019.
After more than three years of speculation, which included rumors that the roadster might be renamed, the third-gen Z4 made its public debut exactly 30 years after the first Z1 car went into production in 1988. Unveiled at same location as the Z4 Concept in 2017, the third-gen Z4 replaces a seven-year model that was past its prime. Drawing cues from both the Z4 Concept and the 8 Series, the new Z4 raises above the competition in just about every department.
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2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre
Back in 1988, BMW decided to chop off the roof of a BMW M3. Unthinkable at that time, the decision turned out to be a good one for Bimmer because 30 years later, it’s actually celebrating that decision with the launch of the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. The M4 Convertible 30 Jahre follows a long line of models that have been given the “Jahre” treatment. For those who don’t know, “Jahre” is a German word that means “years” in English. In BMW’s case, it’s made a habit of releasing special editions of models celebrating their 30th anniversary, or as it likes to call them, 30 Jahre. The M5 got one in 2014. The M6 got one in 2016. Most recently, the 7 Series got the 30 Jahre treatment last year. Now it’s the BMW M4 Convertible’s turn, which itself is odd because the 4 Series didn’t come to existence until 2013 when it was packaged as the coupé and convertible versions of the 3 Series. Follow that thought, and you’ll realize that the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre is actually a 30th-anniversary tribute to the M3 Convertible.
2020 BMW X2 Convertible
Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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2019 BMW i8 Roadster
The world got its first official look at the production-ready BMW i8 hybrid sports car back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Critics and enthusiasts alike went gaga over its sci-fi good looks while reveling in its promises of speed and efficiency, and consumers responded by buying over 10,000 examples of the i8 as of November of 2016, making it the best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car in the world. Impressive stuff, no doubt, but now there’s a new model out, and this time, it’s got a bit off the top. This roofless iteration of the Bavarian’s hybrid sports car made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and brings with it a few small tweaks to the exterior styling, updated tech in the cabin, and a little extra oomph in the electrified powertrain department as well.
Overall, the updates are pretty minor, refining what’s already there without changing much. And considering the widespread acclaim levied at the i8 in the few short years it’s been on the market, it makes sense to keep things more or less unchanged, right? That said, the hybrid and EV market have seen some mighty impressive advances over the course of that time period, which begs the question – can unlimited headroom keep the i8 feeling fresh for the 2019 model year?
Updated 01/24/2018: We’ve updated this review with all the latest official info straight from BMW!
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2017 BMW Concept Z4
BMW essentially struck gold in the compact, two-seater market when it released the Z4 back in 2003. It featured a sporty exterior, with potent, naturally aspired engines, and could be had as a soft-top convertible or in coupe form. That first generation lasted until 2009, but before the first-gen made its exit BMW was able to introduce a Z4 M in both forms with performance credentials good enough to get the little car that could up to 60 mph in as little as 4.8 seconds if you knew how to shift it right. The second-gen came to be in 2009 and, while most of the engine choices were naturally aspirated, one was offered with turbocharged goodness. Within a couple of years, the entire drivetrain lineup went turbo, and BMW hasn’t looked back since. The second-generation model lasted from 2009 to 2016 and, ever since its discontinuance, fans and purists everywhere have begged for the third-gen model – an all-new roadster that’s due for the 2018 model year and has been caught many times testing out in public over the last two years. At the kickoff of Monterey Car Week, BMW decided to release the Concept Z4, a wild interpretation of the upcoming roadster and something that at least gives us a little hint as to where BMW is going with the third-gen model.
As is the usual case with concepts, this car isn’t a firm representation of what we’ll see. For instance, it has no roof or, at the very least, has a Targa-style top. The exterior design is quite bold and features stout overhangs with crisp lines and a style that you could only get from BMW. There’s no word on what might be lurking under the hood, but BMW claims the Concept Z4 is an “all-out driving machine” that is stripped down to the bare essentials. With that said, let’s take a good look at the concept and talk more about it!
Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
2018 BMW 4 Series Convertible
The BMW 4 Series made its global debut in 2013, right after the German brand decided to split the two- and four-door versions of the 3 Series into different nameplates. While the 3 Series kept the sedan body style, the coupe and convertible were rebadged as 4 Series models. Despite the different name, the 3 Series and 4 Series shared everything from platform and drivetrains to exterior design and interior features. Come 2017 and BMW launched mid-cycle facelifts for the entire range, including the 4 Series Convertible.
After nearly three successful years on the market against dated competition from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the 4 Series Convertible finally has something to worry about. With Mercedes-Benz and Audi having introduced redesigned versions of the C-Class Cabriolet and A5 Cabriolet, the Bimmer will have a hard time until a new-generation model is designed. However, the facelift brings a few updates inside and out that might keep BMW enthusiasts coming into dealerships for a few more years.
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2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible
It’s been three years since BMW started rolling the 2 Series into dealer showrooms, effectively removing the coupe and cabrio body styles from the 1 Series lineup and giving those compacts a new name. Just recently we saw shots of a “facelifted” 2 Series coupe prototype heading out for some testing, and now we’re looking at the convertible version which, coincidentally, is wearing the same little bit of camo. As such, this so-called facelift isn’t bringing much in terms of change, but the car should get a new, smaller grille layout, slightly revised headlights, new graphics for the taillights out back, and maybe even a few changes inside as our photographers have reported that there was some covering over the dashboard. Word has it the engines that motivate the little cabrio that could even get an update, but you’ll want to take that with a grain of salt for now.
The updated 2 Series is expected to be revealed in late 2017 and go on sale for 2018 so there’s still a little while to wait before we get to see the few changes that come with the new model year. But, let’s take a closer look and see what’s going on with this prototype. There might be something interesting lurking in the finer details.
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2017 BMW M6 Convertible by G-Power
The BMW M6 Convertible may suffer from a lack of identity – is it a sports car, a luxury convertible, or both? But nobody can deny that the German automaker has done the car some favors by blending an aggressive design with serious performance capabilities, bulk and mass notwithstanding. That two-hit combination has propelled the M6 Convertible into a legitimate choice in its segment, and the public has responded in kind, giving the car enough appeal to stand on its own amidst a cacophony of challengers waiting to knock it down a peg or two. The M6 Convertible’s appeal isn’t just limited to customers; it’s also become an attractive project for aftermarket tuners, a lot of whom have taken to building tuning programs for the two-door drop-top. One such tuner, G-Power, is even bringing one to the year’s biggest auto show in Geneva.
As you can imagine, G-Power’s program for the M6 Convertible is getting some prime real estate space in the venue. That in itself is a pretty big deal considering the wave of debuts and unveilings that will take place later this week. To its credit, G-Power is bringing the goods too, packing the M6 Convertible with power and performance upgrades that befit the tuner’s status as one of the best business.
The results are what you’d expect from a tuner like G-Power. Think the M6 Convertible’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque are enough? Well, think what a tuner that’s known for record-setting performance numbers is capable of. After all, this is the same company that’s responsible for developing the fastest BMW sedan and the fastest BMW 1 Series, among other notable projects. This latest program for the M6 Convertible is just the latest in a long line of impressive kits. Who knows, it might even set a record of its own once put through its paces.
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2018 BMW M4 Convertible
When BMW rolled out the M4 at the 2014 New York Auto Show, it represented the culmination of the 3 Series splitting into two distinct models. The four-door sedan version and all of its derivatives still carried the 3 Series name, but the sportier two-door variant was renamed the the 4 Series. The latter then gave birth to the M4 performance coupe, and three years after the first M4 burst into the scene and into our welcoming arms, BMW has finally announced an update to the coupe that has turned into one BMW’s most popular models.
Like with most updated models, the M4 Convertible remains the same, at least for the most part. The convertible’s design hasn’t changed, specifically in the front and rear fascias. That said, this isn’t the same exact M4 Convertibles either. There are upgrades in place all over the car that help distinguish it from its predecessor. Some are more obvious than others, but the objectives of freshening up the M4 Convertible for a plate of new customers are all there.
So if you’re in the market for a convertible that’s getting some nice new bits and pieces here and there, the updated BMW M4 Convertible makes for a pretty compelling option. Not only does it exude the confidence and outright braggadocio of BMW’s M Division, it’s also turned itself into the face of that same division. Now that same face just got a fresh set of updates. It seems to me at least that the good just got better.
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2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible
The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.
But, the 6 Series has one major problem, and that’s its starting price point. While similar offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Audi start out in the $60,000 range, the 6 Series starts out closer to $90,000. That’s a hard sell in any market, but with the next-gen model expected to debut as a 2018 model, it will at least be fresh inside and out, and will hopefully come out of the gate a little quicker thanks to that lighter chassis. We still have a while to wait before we get to see the new 6 Series in the metal, but let’s take a good look at the first round of spy shots and talk a little more about what’s coming in 2018.
Update 01/18/2017: The upcoming 6 Series convertible was caught taking advantage of the cold weather and got to play in the snow a bit. Check out our review below to see the newest spy shots and to see what else we know about the next-gen 6 Series.
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2017 BMW M2 Convertible by Dähler Design & Technik GmbH
The BMW M2 is arguably one of BMW’s most important releases in recent years. It’s been universally well-received since it made its debut earlier this year and BMW itself acknowledges the M2 as the legitimate flagship model of the entire M division. So with all the plaudits it has received, it’s a little strange that BMW hasn’t maximized the M2’s potential the way it should. There isn’t even an M2 Convertible, a model that Bimmer has indicated it has no plans of developing anytime soon. Fortunately, the aftermarket world is a creative lot and in the absence of action from automakers, it’s more than willing to step up and fill that void. Feast your eyes then on this beauty, the BMW M2 Convertible from Swiss tuner Dähler Design & Technik GmbH.
Okay, so it’s not technically a BMW M2 Convertible because that model doesn’t exist. It’s actually a 2 Series Convertible that was on the receiving end of some nifty tuning upgrades, helping it attain power levels that put it in the vicinity of the M2. Not only that, the new performance-bred convertible was also on the receiving end of an aerodynamic body kit that replicates the sporty look of the actual M2. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then this conversation is a legitimate apple to the eyes.
The M2 Convertible may not exist in real life, but give credit where credit is due; Dähler did as good a job as a tuner is capable of because the M2 Convertible really does look like an M2 at heart. It’s not in the technical sense, but with an aggressive look that mirrors that of the real M2 and performance figures that are up to the coupe’s paces, it’s not hard to wonder why this project was christened as the M2 Convertible that BMW should have built in the first place.
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2017 BMW M240i Convertible
The 2 Series has been around since 2014, replacing the 1 Series coupe and convertible here in the U.S. After just a few short years on the market, a facelift should be coming for the 2017 model year. At first, we only had speculation derived from a leak on Bimmerpost.com, but now BMW has spilled a few of the beans, telling us a little about the upcoming facelift. We still don’t know any details regarding what the facelift brings in terms of aesthetic qualities, but we do know that the facelifted 2 Series will get an upgrade in the power department, so it certainly has that going for it.
For now, the best we can do is guess on what other changes are coming to the 2 Series. We know that the M235i will now be the M240i, and we’re expecting to see some new infotainment technology and a slightly revised exterior. Until Bimmer spills the rest of the beans on the M240i, let’s go ahead and talk about the upgrade in power and other changes. According to BMW’s most recent press releases, the M240i should break cover in July, so let’s get to speculating before BMW pulls the sheet of the facelifted M240i convertible.
Update 6/24/2016: BMW has announced pricing information for the M240i convertible. Check the prices section below for details.
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2016 BMW M4 Convertible by G Power
Ever wonder what it would be like to greet the coming summer season with a high-performance convertible that’s been tuned to be faster and more powerful? Well, those questions could be answered if you own a BMW M4 Convertible and you’re in the market for an aftermarket tuning program. German tuner G-Power has all your needs covered with a new tuning kit designed specifically for the M4 Convertible.
The kit follows the typical style of G-Power. There aren’t that many exterior and interior enhancements, but the lack of mods in these two departments are made up for by an engine modification that puts a significant amount of extra power on the M4’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine. It may sound trivial for some, but for those who appreciate 600 horsepower on the M4, this performance kit should be right up their wheelhouse.
To be fair, G-Power has built programs for the M4 before. But this is the first time that the tuner has taken a stab at the M4 Convertible. The good thing is that G-Power is renowned for being one of the best tuners of BMW vehicles in the world so if you’re going to have your M4s worked on by an aftermarket company, the German tuner is one of the safest bets to get the job done. If for nothing else, you can always count on a company that has 30 years of experience doing these kinds of modifications.
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2016 BMW M4 By B&B Automobiltechnik
German tuner B&B Automobiltechnik has shown the ability to build tuning programs for a number of auto brands. Whether it’s a hot hatch like the Volkswagen Polo R or a sports car like the Audi R8, B&B has a kit for every occasion. This time around, the tuner set its sights on the BMW M4 and predictably, the kit is as impressive as anything the company has built in recent memory.
The central focus of this program is the comprehensive engine upgrade that’s made up of three separate stages. I’ve seen this kind of tuning strategy from B&B before and never have I seen the tuner come up with something mediocre. So it comes as little surprise that the program for the M4 comes with a lot of aftermarket modifications on the car’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine.
The good thing about this program is that customers can choose what kind of power upgrade they’d like. The Stage 1 kit offers enough extra power to make a difference on the M4’s performance. The Stage 2 kit adds on that with more power, and, well, the Stage 3 kit does the same, helping the M4 reach a level of performance normally reserved for some of the finest exotics in the land.
B&B’s new M4 tuning kit is as comprehensive as they come, offering enough choices for customers who may want their M4s to be tuned to a certain level. On that end, the German tuner has once again come up with aces.
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