The new BMW M4 is out in the open now, and it’s clear that its grille is here to stay. Recently, a convertible version of the M4 has been spied around the Nürburgring Nordschleife bearing the same polarizing front fascia.
As we’ve already seen the M4 Coupe and 4 Series Convertible, it doesn’t take a genius to predict what the open-top variant will look like. Don’t let its high-visibility jacket fool you, because the profiles will likely be very similar.
Gallery: BMW M4 Convertible Spy Shots
Although convertible performance vehicles have always received criticism for never being quite as good as the hardtop, things are still looking good here – BMW hasn’t just sliced the roof off and left it there. Under the hood, it looks like the open-air machine will likely share the same motor as the Coupe, meaning power will come from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six with 473 horsepower (353 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) on offer.
The Competition version will give you an extra 30 hp (22 kW) and 73 lb-ft (98 Nm) of torque which will be sent to all four wheels thanks to BMW’s clever xDrive system. For those who want to push their Bimmer closer to the limit, the all-wheel-drive system can shut off the front-wheels and send all of the power to the rear. However, purists will likely want the non-Competition vehicle as it is the only way to get a six-speed manual transmission.
While the performance numbers look good, things are a bit different in the finance department. As the M4 Coupe starts at $71,800 and the Competition version will cost you another $2,900, the open-top versions will likely set you back a bit more. It certainly makes a case for the M440i xDrive Convertible which starts at $66,000 and comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six aided by a mild-hybrid system putting out a total of 382 hp (285 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm).