Soft-top BMW M4 Competition: Just in time for summer fun
BMW will add another M model to its ultra-performance line-up, with an M4 Competition Convertible arriving later this year
BMW Australia showrooms will receive deliveries of this soft-top beast in Q4 of 2021.
BMW M4 Competition Convertible highlights
This Competition variant of an M4 model sounds like it's going to be a road-devouring monster. Here are the stand-out features.
- Powerful, high-revving 3.0-litre engine. BMW has given the M4 Competition Convertible a fire-snorting in-line six petrol engine, which has twin turbos. Peak power of 375kW arrives at 5,150RPM, while the maximum torque measurement of 650Nm kicks in between 2,750 and 5,500RPM. This is a car designed for driving hard. The engine is mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox, which features DriveLogic. A precise, multi-clutch transfer case divvies up the torque between the front and rear, though the system favours the rear wheels for that trademark BMW M experience. The bias is adjustable via a menu, allowing the driver to select 4WD or 4WD Sport mode. All these specs combine for a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds. This car is no slouch.
- Handling. BMW boffins clearly spent a lot of time making the M4 Competition Convertible handle with agility and finesse. The body possesses high torsional rigidity. With a combination of an aluminium panel in the front-end, underfloor gusseting and rear torsion struts – this M4 should be tight and dynamic.
- M exhaust system. The exhaust has integrated flaps that adjust to alter the engine's sound when you have the roof down.
- Lightweight wheels. The BMW M4 Competition Convertible rolls on lightweight, forged alloy wheels. 19-inch rims at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear give the car a hunkered down, rakish look.
- Adaptive suspension. Using some electrical trickery, the M4 Competition has adaptive suspension for improved ride dynamics and response.
- Lighter, faster soft-top roof. BMW says the soft-top blends the positives of a hardtop, with the quintessential appearance of a fabric roof. Scratch below the surface and engineers have shaved 40% off the outgoing model's hard-top roof! It takes only 18 seconds to close or open the roof after hitting the button.
- Interior. The part-time interior doesn't scrimp on premium equipment and materials. The steering wheel is leather, with an M-model specific design and gear shifter paddles. The seats are clad in Merino leather trim and are heated. They also feature power-adjustment. A nifty feature called "Air Collar" blows warm air around your neck, so you can have the roof down even on cooler days. Other neat features include three-zone climate control, LED interior ambient lighting and BMW Live Cockpit Professional, with a digital display.
- Advanced driver settings. You can feel like your very own F1 mechanic with advanced systems like M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer. Plus, you have the ability to delve into the settings for the powertrain, chassis, steering, braking and drivetrain. These have a dedicated M button on the steering wheel that lets you recall pre-stored set-ups.
- More practical. The M4 Competition Convertible's boot has an extra 80 litres of storage space than the last model, taking it to 300 litres. When you put the roof up, you gain an extra 85 litres, making 385 litres total.
- Optional extras. Buyers who are serious about driving can purchase a variety of M packages, including the M Carbon Package, which ditches 25kgs from the M4's mass. Included are M Carbon ceramic brakes, the M Carbon exterior pack and M Carbon bucket seats.
- BMW M bodywork. An M Competition car wouldn't be complete without performance modifications to the body. The M4 Competition Convertible has ducting around the kidney grille for brake and engine cooling. Designers widened the wheel arches, created a jutting lower sill that runs around the perimeter of the vehicle and added some M Side Gills into the front wings. An optional M Carbon pack swaps parts like the front bumper and mirror covers for carbon-fibre components.
How much will the BMW M4 Competition Convertible cost?
Confirmation of pricing and specs will come closer to the Q4 launch date. For a ballpark figure, we found a hard-top BMW M4 Competition Coupé for sale with a manufacturer's recommended drive-away price (MRDP) of $173,000. It's likely the convertible, with all that extra tech for the soft-top, will cost more. If you can't wait till then, a top tip is to see if you can score an ex-demonstrator BMW in the EOFY sales.
1 July 2021 update: Pricing
It seems Ben Gribbin wasn't too far off with his estimate above. BMW have today announced the official price of the BMW M4 Competition Convertible xDrive which is $176,900.