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BMW 4 Series Convertible on sale from $88,800

January 24, 2014

Joining the recently introduced 4 Series Coupe, BMW Australia has announced details and pricing for the new 4 Series Convertible which will go on sale in March.

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The convertible will be available, at least initially, in three model variants; the 420d, 428i, and range-topping 435i. All feature an eight-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Starting with the 420d, it’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 135kW and 380Nm. Armed with this, 0-100km/h comes up in a reasonable 8.2 seconds, while fuel economy is rated at just 4.8L/100km.

A step up in the range gets you to the 428i. It’s powered by an award-winning 2.0-litre turbo petrol, producing 180kW and 350Nm. Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes just 6.4 seconds, while fuel economy is rated at 6.7L/100km for the combined cycle.

Finally, for the speed enthusiasts, the 435i comes with the company’s renowned 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six. It develops 225kW and 400Nm, sending the drop-top off from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 7.7L/100km.

Like the coupe, the convertible 4 Series is 26mm longer and 43mm wider than its predecessor. BMW says this helps to improve driving dynamics and handling. The wheelbase is also extended by 50mm, leaving shorter front and rear overhangs, thus improving steering accuracy.

As for the drop-top roof, it’s a three-piece hard-top unit that can be operated at speeds up to 18km/h. It takes 20 seconds for the transformation. With the roof down, BMW offers an Air Collar feature, standard on the 435i, which provides warm air for the back of the neck.

To help with economy, all models come with auto stop-start, brake energy regeneration, an ‘Eco Pro’ driving mode, and electric steering.

The new model will official go on sale in Australia in March. See below for the full price list (excludes on-road costs):

BMW 420d Convertible – $88,800
BMW 428i Convertible – $97,500
BMW 435i Convertible – $126,600

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.