Surprisingly, there really haven’t been many, if any at all, spy photos of the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe. Instead, we’ve seen quite a lot of spy shots of the new 4 Series Convertible. Why BMW is testing the Convertible more openly than the Coupe, we don’t know. That said, we’re not in the least bit disappointed, as any spy photos of any new Bimmer get us excited. Especially when they feature something we haven’t yet seen, such as the new 4er Convertible with its top down. (We don’t own these photos but check them out here)
Seen driving on public roads, this new BMW 4 Series Convertible has all of its 62 miles of headroom on full display. Previously, we’ve only seen it with its top up, likely because all of the spy photos we’ve seen have been in winter. With its top up, it looks better than the outgoing car, thanks to its more natural soft-top roof. With the top down, though, it’s even better looking still. Though, it does look more like a GT car than a proper sports car.
In profile, it looks more like it could be an 8 Series Convertible than a 4 Series, as it looks very long and more luxurious than sporty. Having said that, there really aren’t many details we can make out, thanks to its heavy camouflage. We do get to see that it has a little built-in ducktail spoiler though, and that looks quite good.
We know this new 4 Series Convertible will be based on the same cluster architecture (CLAR) as the G20-gen BMW 3 Series, so it should handle better than the old car. If it also gets the new 3er’s lift-related passive dampers, it should ride better as well. One area we’re very interested to see improvement is in rigidity. Last summer I drove an M4 Convertible and every bump made the car feel as if it would rattle apart. BMW’s Klaus Frohlich has stated that structural rigidity was one of the most important factors going into the new 3 Series. So we expect this new 4 Series Convertible to be much improved in that area.
Although, if you really want a stiff 4 Series, go for the Coupe. We’d love to see what that looks like.