G23 BMW 4 Series Convertible: Soft top will replace the hardtop

Rumors | August 6th, 2015 by 5
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The era of metal folding roofs at BMW might be coming to an end. According to a source close to our sister-magazine Bimmertoday, not only …

The era of metal folding roofs at BMW might be coming to an end. According to a source close to our sister-magazine Bimmertoday, not only the jointly developed with Toyota BMW Z4 successor will use a soft top, but also the next generation G23 4 Series Convertible. The source says a decision has already been made.

In early, 2007, the BMW E93 3 Series Convertible switched to a three-piece folding metal roof and it was followed by the Z4 E89 roadster as the first BMW roadster with a steel roof. Then in March 2014, BMW followed through with the 3 Series Convertible successor, the F33 4er cabriolet which also features the hardtop.

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The next generation 4 Series convertible will launch in 2021, so we don’t expect to see test mules on the road for another 4 years.

We’re unable to speculate what has led to the change and what BMW reasons are for making the switch, but a couple ideas come to mind. One, the metal folding roofs take a lot of space in the trunk, and two, BMW might be looking to shave some weight of the next generation 4 Series and this is a good place to start.

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5 responses to “G23 BMW 4 Series Convertible: Soft top will replace the hardtop”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    Why G23 though doesn’t make sense ?

  2. Icebreakerr says:

    NOOOOOOOO I LIKE HARD TOP FFS WHY BMW FUCK OFF

  3. Tom says:

    Finally!! Great decision!

  4. Andy Byers says:

    Not very much like, this news, I do.

  5. BMWfan says:

    This is terrible news. As a 2015 M4 Convertible owner I can actually appreciate the lines of the car with the hardtop. Ever since I was a kid I can remember looking at convertibles with the rag top up and thinking how sad. It’s now apparent that I’m hopelessly looking forward to a 6 series with a hardtop. These cars look silly with the soft top up to the point that their looked down upon in rain and cooler weather. Poor guy, now’s not the time to be in a convertible. Wake up BMW! Baby boomers who love these rags are almost out of the buying market.

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