How much would you pay for BMW’s new 4 Series drop-top?

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Words: Matthew Hansen
4 Dec 2020

BMW’s latest convertible drop-top cruiser, the 4 Series, has had its full local pricing and specs confirmed ahead of New Zealand’s upcoming summer.

BMW New Zealand are bringing the model to local showrooms in two different specs; the 420i and the M440i xDrive. The former will be priced from $96,900 and the latter $144,900 (neither price including on-road costs).

The 420i comes paired with a 135kW/300Nm turbofour paired to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic, sending that power to the rear wheels. The sprint to 100km/h takes 8.2 seconds, which means it’s not quick. But, that just gives you more time to soak up the scenery as it blurs by.

Each 420i gets BMW’s M Sport package as standard, which includes a more aggressive bodykit and 19-inch Y-spoke wheels. Adaptive suspension, leather upholstery, heated and cooled sports seats, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, digital driver’s instrumentation, and parking assist come as standard.

There are two optional packages for 420i buyers, too; the Comfort Package and the Visibility Package. The first adds ‘air collar ’ (to heat occupant necks if the roof is down and things are a little chilly), comfort access (aka keyless, buttonless entry), and lumbar support in the seats. The second, meanwhile, adds metallic paint, mood lighting, and laser headlights.

Those who want to occasionally move with some haste will want the M440i xDrive. As the xDrive designation suggestions, it’s all-wheel drive. And as the ‘M’ suggests, under the bonnet is a signature inline six producing 285kW and 500Nm — equal power and slightly less torque, in other words, compared to the 550Nm M340i. Still good for a 4.9-second 0–100km/h time, mind you.

Other differences compared to the 420i? It gets stickier tyres, M Sport brakes and differential, a different bodykit, a more advanced park assist and radar cruise system, and all the features added by either of the aforementioned optional 420i packages. Both come with a black canvas soft-top as standard, but a silver-effect Anthracite soft-top can be had on request.

Each model comes with a five-year warranty, five years of roadside assist, and three-year service package. Each is scheduled to land in New Zealand in March, 2021. And look at that, a story about the 4 Series without mention of the controversial new vertical-kidney grille! Oh, wait …

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