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Upcoming BMW M4 Convertible Will Harken Back To The E46

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The soft top is making a comeback.

Ever since BMW introduced the E90 generation 3 Series to replace the E46, it has used a folding metal roof rather than a traditional fabric roof for its convertible models. But recently, models like the new 8 Series and Z4 have shown how BMW has decided to go back to using an old school soft-top. Like its corporate siblings, the upcoming BMW 4 Series Convertible (codenamed the G22) will also revert back to a folding soft-top, as we've seen in numerous spy shots. Admittedly, plenty of BMW fans didn't care for the folding metal roof on the previous F33 generation 4 Series and will be happy to see the car shift back to a fabric roof.

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Spy shots for the upcoming 4 Series Convertible have been numerous, but our photographers have just nabbed the first shots of the next-generation M4 Convertible, codenamed the G83 (the coupe will be G82). For some reason, BMW hasn't tested any 4 Series Coupes yet, only convertibles, which is why there haven't been any spy shots of the hard-top yet.

BMW typically releases its coupe models first, followed by a convertible later on, so the company will probably start sending some coupe prototypes out for testing in the coming months. Perhaps the reason for its absence is that the convertible requires a longer testing cycle in order to perfect its roof mechanism, forcing it to be sent out before the coupe.

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Power will be shared with the upcoming M3 sedan, meaning the M4 Convertible will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged S58 inline-six engine. The base output is expected to be 473 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque while a Competition model with 503 hp is also expected. BMW may also build an even more hardcore M4 CS version, but it is unclear if a convertible version of that will also debut. Expect the M4 Convertible to use an eight-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed manual could also be a possibility.

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