2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible: This Is It

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Now that the BMW 3-Series coupe is the 4-Series, the even-numbered car will be the one that gets a droptop version. (Unless BMW is also moving into the four-door sedan convertible niche, which is not entirely implausible.) After some leaked shots earlier this week, the 4-Series convertible made its official Internet debut tonight.

While I'm not crazy about how large it is compared to Bimmer coupes of the past, I'm actually a fan of the way the 4-Series looks. It's a sleek, attractive coupe, and I have to say that it's even hotter without a roof. The new 'vert (hardtop only, of course) doesn't seem as bloated as the outgoing 3-Series convertible did, and that's a good thing.

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Like the 3-Series sedan and fixed-roof 4-Series, it will come in two flavors for us Americans: the 428i, with a 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower, and the 435i, with a 3.0-liter turbo inline six with 300 horsepower. And for the first time ever, you can get xDrive all-wheel drive as an option on the 428i convertible. Yeah, suck on that, A5 Cabriolet!

But be prepared to pay a pretty penny for this open-top 4-Series. Prices start at $48,750 for the rear-wheel drive 428i and $54,900 for the 435i. Expect it to go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.

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More photos and info in the press release.

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DISCUSSION

Honestly, who prefers a retractable hard top? It's heavy. It takes up a ton of space in the trunk when it's down. It looks terrible when it's up. It's not even considerably more durable than the modern soft tops of today. Audi (and Porsche, and Bentley, among others) are doing it right by sticking with the soft top, in my opinion.