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2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible ditches the metal roof for a cloth soft top

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The cloth-roof car loses the manual trans option, but lets you spec AWD on the 430i

BMW took the covers off the convertible version of its new 4 Series late September, which drops the retractable hardtop and the manual transmission.

Instead of sporting a folding metal roof like previous versions of the vehicle, the marques has moved to a soft-top for 2021 instead.

BMW says the new cloth lid is 40 per cent lighter than the hardtop, and it has less of a footprint when lowered, meaning 1.2 cubic feet more space in the trunk. The roof takes 18 seconds to be raised or lowered, which can happen at speeds up to 50 km/h. “Two colours” are available: black, or black with woven-in silver.

Engine options follow that of the coupe, which means a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder for the 430i; or, if you spec the M440i, a turbocharged 3.0-litre six cylinder. The engines make 255 and 382 horsepower, respectively, while the six gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

While the convertible will put the wind through your hair, it comes at a cost — the six-speed manual transmission is not available in any convertible. There is one redeeming feature, however; the 430i and the M440i can be specified with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, while the coupe only offers AWD on the M440i.

The 430i and M440i convertible are set to hit dealerships in March 2021. Canadian pricing has not been announced.

Alex Reid – Driving.ca

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