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2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible Debut

Adding to 3, subtracting a top

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What's New

Four is the new 3, or at least that's what BMW says. The 2014 BMW 4 Series convertible replaces last year's 3 Series convertible as the drop-top version of the brand's best-seller. Growing in every which way--including price--the 2014 BMW 4 Series represents an evolution of BMW, finally organizing even numbers for coupes and odds for sedans and wagons. Except that BMW has Grand Coupes with greater door counts. It's still confusing.

All you really need to know is that the 2014 BMW 4 Series convertible brings more to the table than the car it replaces and is a more mature product for a much, much greater audience. Well, at least in theory.

Who It's For

So you have $50,000 to $60,000 burning a hole in your pocket, and you desire the finer things in life. However, you also want a nice car that you can drop the top on during the warm months. What do you get? A Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible? Yeah, maybe if you're 75. How about an Audi A5? Sure, if you want to be saddled with a 211-horsepower snoozer of an engine and a cloth top.

For everyone else, pickings are becoming slimmer. But said pickings are becoming much better, and the car-buying public, the BMW 428i and 435i provide a greater number options to make them available to a wider audience, like all-wheel drive. Sure, if you have that much money to blow on a car, you're likely over the age of 50 and the last time you paid attention to something with a "4" in front was your 401(k). But who's counting? You're still young at heart.

Key Features

Highlights of the 2014 BMW 4 Series convertible include:
  • A neck-height vent that pumps in warm air when the top is down to keep you warm.
  • Available xDrive all-wheel drive.
  • The choice of a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 300-horsepower inline-6.
  • New insulation under the retractable hardtop that lowers wind noise by 3 dB compared to the old 3 Series convertible.

What We Think

Arriving at dealerships during the first quarter of 2014 carrying a base price of $49,675 and $55,825, including $925 for destination and handling, the BMW 428i and 435i will be more than a few dollars over the cars they replaced and creep eerily close to the outgoing BMW M3 convertible without any options.

They're more expensive, but they're still the BMW sports coupes you know and love. Er, we mean convertibles. They'll attract the same buyers they always did, but they should expand their appeal dramatically with their newfound all-wheel-drive systems, which come to the smaller BMWs for the first time. Expect BMW to sell them because it can, because it'll still likely be the best all-around car in its class.

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