With the release of the new G20 BMW 3 Series, many enthusiasts, including ourselves, are optimistic about the direction of the brand. It seems to be getting back to the basics of proper sports car driving, where even entry-level model cars drive really well. Potentially even more exciting than the 3 Series sedan being so good is the prospect of the upcoming BMW 4 Series. In this new spy video, we get to see that very 4 Series, albeit in Convertible form, lapping the Nurburgring.

The reason the 4 Series is such an exciting prospect is because the current generation is already quite good. Sure, it still suffers from some F30-chassis issues, like vague steering and a slight lack of driver engagement overall, but it’s still a great car. If BMW can work similar magic on the much-improved G20 chassis, the next-gen 4 Series will be very good indeed.

In this video, we get to see a small taste of that. Despite being a convertible and therefore less structurally rigid, it seems tight and buttoned down. Turn-in looks quick and the front end seems to bite quite well. Sure, this is just a spy video from afar, so it’s not as if we can properly gauge its abilities from it. But it gives us the best glimpse we can possibly get at the moment and, from this admittedly extremely rudimentary impression, the 4 Series seems to be a composed and athletic dance partner.

Further making a case for the 4 Series, the car in question seems to be a lowly BMW 430i, or something even less exciting, judging by its dual circular exhaust pipes. If that’s the case, even the entry level models should be fun and dynamic to drive, just as found the entry-level (NA-spec) BMW 330i to be.

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We’re not sure why we keep seeing 4er Convertibles testing, as we’d like to see the coupe, but we can only work with what we’ve got and from this new video, the 4 Series looks promising.