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2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

What is that?

The successor to the next-generation M4 sports coupe, the M4 convertible. This is designed for those who love the feel of the wind in their hair but still want the performance the M4 offers.

For some, the idea of ​​a “performance convertible” is an odd one, since convertibles are often heavier and generally lack the torsional rigidity of a fixed-top car. While this is true up to a point, the modern convertible is vastly superior to its predecessor, so the overall performance loss is greatly reduced.

TEST DRIVE: 2021 BMW M4 Competition Coupe review

BMW engineers managed to keep the weight difference between the coupe and the convertible at 145 kg, a saving of 105 kg compared to the outgoing model. And to help matters further, this latest Beemer convertible is only available in the more powerful ‘Competition’ specification, with all-wheel drive.

Appearance-wise, with the fabric roof lowered, it gives the M4 a different shape and stance on the road, but the much-discussed new grille remains the same, so the styling remains as polarizing as ever.

Does he have a racing pedigree?

BMW M4 GT3

BMW obviously doesn’t race a convertible (unless you consider its old Le Mans Prototype convertibles!) but as with the rest of the M4 range, much of this car has been developed side-by-side with the new M4 GT3 racer.

The M4 for road and race shares the same turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and engineers on both sides of the business have shared notes on the chassis and other aspects to ensure it is living up to the M Division’s reputation for building memorable performance cars. .

What’s under the hood?

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

It gets the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine as the M4 Competition coupe. This means it produces 375 kW of power and 650 Nm of torque.

In comparison, the standard M4 produces 353 kW and 550 Nm, so the competition adds significantly more performance, which compensates for the extra weight.

As mentioned above, the M4 Competition Convertible gets BMW’s “xDrive” all-wheel-drive system that sends all that grunt to the road via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While a departure for the M4, which has traditionally been rear-wheel-drive, it’s a major plus because of all the torque. By switching to all-wheel drive, the M4 is able to more easily send all the power to the road.

As we discovered in the M4 Competition Coupé, this latest model is blazingly quick, delivering enough punch to genuinely shove you back into your seat.

BMW says the M4 Convertible will sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, meaning that regardless of its added weight and moving roof, it’s a lightning-fast performance car .

How does he manage?

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

The latest M4 is built on new foundations that are a step up from the model it replaces. Unlike the previous M4’s uncompromising handling package, this new generation retains similar levels of dynamic performance with more suspension compliance to create a better overall package.

The M4 is fitted with BMW’s Adaptive M System, which incorporates electronically controlled dampers with specific tuning that provides a tangible difference in ride quality between the ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ ride setting, so you can choose the setting according to the circumstances.

The M-specific steering is a special highlight, as was the case in the coupe. Despite the switch to all-wheel drive, it still offers precision and driver feedback that make it an attractive car to drive.

Crucially for the M4 Convertible, BMW and the M Division have made major changes to ensure that the body structure retains proper torsional stiffness. To this end, this model is equipped with an aluminum shear panel in the front structure, bracing elements under the floor, a rear axle subframe with a rigid connection to the rest of the body as well than torsion struts at the rear of the body, all of which work together to ensure the body stays strong even without a roof.

Where would you most like to drive it?

When we drove the M4 Coupe, we said we’d love to experience it on a circuit like Phillip Island or the new Nurburgring. While the M4 Convertible would no doubt be quick around a track, it’s not really meant for that.

It sounds like the type of car you’d love to drive through the Swiss Alps on a summer’s day or blast along a winding coastal road with the wind in your hair. It is a car to live as much as to drive.

How is the interior?

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

Obviously, it carries over the same interior design as the coupe, which itself apparently carries over much of the same design as the majority of BMW’s lineup. It’s clear that BMW’s designers love their cabin layout and want to subtly evolve it over time.

It’s fully functional and looks high quality, especially the M4 with its sporty carbon fiber trim elements, but if you’ve been in a BMW for the past two decades it will look very familiar.

A notable new addition to the convertible is the standard seating arrangement with a so-called “air collar”, which can blow hot air directly at your neck if you get a little hot with the room down. .

How much does the BMW M4 Competition Convertible cost?

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

It is priced at $182,500 (plus road charges), a premium of $11,000 over the M4 Competition xDrive coupe. Interestingly, beyond the typical rivals (Audi S5 Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG C63 S) at this price, it also lines up as a potential rival to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT convertible, which starts at $175,500. Food for thought…

Would I buy one?

Personally, I’m not a fan of convertible performance cars, because despite BMW’s best efforts and ability to save 105kg over the old model, the M4 convertible is still heavier than the coupe.

But for someone looking for a very fast, sleek and sophisticated car in which to enjoy the outdoors, this should definitely be on your shortlist.

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible Price and Specs

Price: From $182,500 plus road charges
Engine: 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol
Power: 375kW at 6250rpm
Couple : 650Nm at 2750-5500rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Fuel consumption : 10.4L/100km
Wheels: 19″ alloy (front), 20″ alloy (rear)
Tires: 275/35 ZR19 (front), 285/30 ZR20 (rear)
Length: 4794mm
Lenght: 1887mm
Height: 1395mm
Lester: 1920kg
0-100km/h: 3.7 seconds (claimed)

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