One of the biggest questions in the BMW world right now revolves around the design of the next generation BMW M4. Last month, we had the chance to see the BMW Concept 4 Series in Frankfurt which will preview the new design language for the production car but also for the new M3 and M4. Speaking of the BMW M4, the new model is bound to get two versions: a Coupe and Convertible. But before the two cars come out in 2020, the latter was recently spied out testing around good old Europe, under heavy camo, as all prototypes are during their first testing phase. We don’t own the photos but you can check them out here.
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So what hides under that psychedelic wrap?
The BMW M4 will be coming with the same engines as the current X3 M and X3 M Competition models. The base version will have 480 PS and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque thanks to the new S58 3-liter straight six engine. The BMW M4 Competition will have 510 PS (503 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque on the other hand and will feature a slightly modified suspension as well. While those were rather well known specs up until now, the bigger question mark surrounds the transmission choices.
BMW has repeatedly said that the manual will live on for now on the upcoming M3 and M4 models. However, the new versions are also bound to show up with all-wheel drive and that means we’re looking at two different models. There will be a manual choice in the M4 range but it will most likely be rear-wheel drive alone, something a purist probably dreams about at night. There will also be an automatic choice, with M xDrive, a similar setup to the one found on the M5, where you can basically select where the power goes and turn your car into a RWD one at the push of a button.
As for the 2021 BMW M4 Convertible, this will be the heaviest model in the upcoming M3/M4 range. Chip in the automatic gearbox, the all-wheel drive and the retracting roof and it looks like a heavy machine from the start. To mend that BMW has finally decided to drop the metal folding roof for a textile choice, to save some weight, a welcome choice if you ask me. Don’t expect to see the M4 Convertible out and prowling around without camo anytime soon though.
Most likely we’ll get to drive it in 2021 at the earliest.