Looking almost identical to the 4 Series Coupe, the Cabriolet will be offered with two petrol engines and one diesel available at model launch starting with the base 420d, which develops 135 kW (181 hp) and 380 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. On the road 100 km/h appears in 8.2 seconds, with top speed limited to 235 km/h. Next is the 428i with a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 180 kW (245 hp) and 350 Nm, which is good for a 6.2s sprint to 100 km/h and a limited 250 km/h top speed. The range-topping 435i utilizes the company’s delicious TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-pot delivering 225 kW (306 hp) and 400 Nm to the rear wheels, allowing the same top speed and a 5.5s 0-100 km/h time.
A six-speed manual transmission comes as standard, with BMW also offering an optional eight-speed Sports automatic that allows gear changes to be carried out manually via flappy paddles on the steering wheel. The all-wheel drive 428i xDrive will be mated to the eight-speed as standard, while an auto Start-Stop function is present on all cars.
The three-piece retractable hardtop, which operates in twenty seconds and can also be lowered at speeds of up to 18 km/h, features a sound-absorbing headlining with integrated ambient lighting. For the first time there are optional neck warmers for the driver and front passenger, while the temperature in the cabin is automatically controlled in relation to the outdoor temperature and the speed of the vehicle.
There will be three trim levels to choose from at launch: Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport. The Luxury Line features such trinkets as chrome kidney grille slats, window trim, rear bumper strip and tailpipes, while the Sport Line package comprises of high gloss black slats, pillar trims, black air intakes in the front apron, black tailpipes and sport suspension. Our choice, the M Sport version, includes Shadow Line trim along with M Sport suspension, brakes, bumpers, side skirts and the option of Estoril Blue Metallic paintwork. Larger 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels upgrades are available with each package.
Due to hit dealerships in March, pricing for the 420d, 428i and 435i will start at €46,300, €48,200 and €54,000, with the 428i xDrive available from €50,700.