2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible will only be available as a soft-top
Turns out the new front grille isn't the only controversial thing that BMW did to the 4-Series.
BMW has made some rather significant changes to the 4-Series since the model debuted back in 2013. I have a habit of only enjoying even number BMWs, and the 4-Series was no exception. I thought that they were pretty good looking cars, and the hard-top convertibles were beautiful. There aren't a lot of pillarless coupes anymore for the "common folk" to purchase, unless you owned a Chrysler 200. BMW and Infiniti both made hardtop convertibles in the late 2000s and it seemed like you could have the best of both worlds, with the exception of a lot more weight.
Well, to cut a long story short, almost all of the hardtop convertibles are gone, and BMW is falling in line with its fellow German brands and are giving the 4-Series a soft-top for 2021. Along with its bucktooth kidney grille, the 4-Series now has no real unique characteristics to make it stand out from its rivals. I suppose the big question is "Why?" Well, BMW claims that the new soft-top is 40% lighter than the hard-top and "marries the strengths of a retractable hardtop and the puristic appeal of a fabric hood, thereby combining the best of both worlds."
The mid-spec 430i convertible will be powered by BMW's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is good for a 0-60 of 6.2 seconds. Which is important, because that means it is at least competitive with other German convertibles, but is slower than the American muscle convertibles, and interestingly, the Honda Accord 2.0T.
In short, the 4-Series has lost its unique attributes and replaced it with...well nothing. Between that and the grille design, I'd be hard-pressed to pick this over the C-Class or an Audi A5 Cabriolet. Still, I'm sure people that simply have to have a BMW in their garage will scoop these up, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time, before these start cruising your local boulevard.
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