The new BMW M4 debuts this month, but it's going to be a longer wait for its convertible sibling to arrive.
While BMW has been caught testing prototypes of the new M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe several times over the last few weeks in preparation for their world debuts this month, it's been a long time since the new BMW M4 Convertible has been spotted in the wild. Our first M4 prototype sighting was a convertible last summer, but the drop-top M4 has been missing in action for nearly a year. Now, the BMW M4 Convertible started strip teasing ahead of the fixed-roof version's imminent debut.
Just as we saw on recent prototypes of its fixed-roof sibling, the M4 Convertible's front and rear fascias are covered up in camouflage, but the sides of the production body are almost fully exposed.
Whereas the previous M4 Convertible had a metal folding roof, the new model will feature a fabric roof for the first time since the E46-generation that will help reduce the car's weight. This will also carry over to the new 4 Series Convertible.
For the first time, we can also now see the M4 Convertible's controversial grille in all its gigantic glory. Compared to the standard 4 Series Convertible, the new M4 Convertible also sports a quad exhaust system, wider fenders, and larger wheels.
As for engine options, BMW has already confirmed the new M4 will be powered by with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine producing 510 horsepower in the Competition model and 480 hp in the regular M4.
In the more powerful Competition model, the only transmission choice will be an eight-speed automatic, while the standard M4 will get a six-speed manual transmission to please purists. Both versions will initially be offered with rear-wheel-drive, but the range-topping Competition will also be available with AWD after launch.
While the fixed-roof BMW M4 will break cover this month, we're going to have to wait longer for the convertible version to debut. Since the standard 4 Series Convertible hasn't been shown yet and will likely launch for summer 2021, we're expecting the M4 Convertible to debut around a year from now.