2018 BMW M4 Convertible

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2018 BMW M4 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

BMW M4 is the updated version of BMW 4 Series, where M signifies Motorsport badging. It now comes with a reduced weight and stiffer chassis than its predecessor. The M4 has also replaced BMW M3 Series which also used to come in two trims i.e. coupe and convertible.

The prices of M4 range from $68,500 to $77,200. Both of them use a 3.0 L 6-Cylinder Twin Power Turbo engine which churns out a power output of 425 hp at 550 rpm and a torque of 406 lb-ft at 1850 rpm. The engine is further mated to a 6 Speed Manual Transmission System.

2018 M4 has got very decent mechanical specifications along with luxurious interior features to comfort the driver. It includes Leather Upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16 Speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system.

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Pros

Luxurious cabin

Well Designed interior

Good handling

Sporty exterior

Cons

Low powered engine

Generates unnecessary Noise

What's New?

Upgraded infotainment system

Restyled front & tail lights.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$77200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268

horsepower

567 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13.7

dimensions

wheelbase

115.5 in.

length

192.7 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

5260 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

7.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1170 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/19 mpg

ev range

268.6 mi.

highway range

425.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited


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Styles

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Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

9.1

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.7

Exterior

9.1

Comfort

7.7

Driving

8.9

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW M4 Convertible base

base

power
425 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$77,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $77,200 MSRP (17/20/25) 425 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4

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CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2018 BMW M4 Convertible is one of the most admired cars with different engine options and body configurations. The BMW M4 Convertible, the lightweight racing vehicle that has been a masterpiece of intelligence. Priced at $77,200 this beast of a car comes with a 3.0-liter I6 engine that makes a monstrous 425 horsepower.


7.9/10
Features

 

9.1/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.7/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Features

7.9/10

The BMW M4 is available with various standard features that add to the advancement of the convertible coupes in a wide variety of ways. It comes with an all-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed manual transmission engine that ensures you get of ample power and performance.

The BMW M4 offers two optional packages; Executive Package ($2,100), Competition Package ($4,750). The former offers a few useful features, like Heads-up display, etc. The latter raises the power output to 444 horsepower.

Trims M4 Convertible
MSRP $77,200

Features

18-inch V Spoke alloys

 

Power Folding, Heated side mirrors

  Sports exhaust system with quad tailpipes and chrome-plated exhaust tips
   10-way power front M sport-seats with single-piece back panel, 4-way lumbar support
   Dynamic Cruise Control

The BMW M4 has a racing tuned Adaptive M Suspension works in perfect harmony with M Dynamic Mode settings, and increases the steering ratio for an even sharper response from the optional 19-inch wheels.

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The 2018 BMW M4 has but a single model. The convertible is lighter and faster than the sedan its based on, the 2018 M3, but heavier than the coupe. Not that it lacks power, but competition package adds a few go faster bits, which is always a good thing. Go for it if the additional cost doesn't bother you.

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Engine

9.1/10

“The M4 drives a lot like a sports car. It accelerates with potency, turns sharply and stops quickly. There’s little reason to crave more performance, though the steering doesn’t communicate much road feel to the driver. Still, this is a car that does an impressive number of things very well.” – Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The BMW M4 features a 3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo Engine which has a greater capacity when compared to the other convertible cars. The Vehicle comes with a 6-speed Manual transmission engine that delivers maximum power and torque of 425hp and 406 lb-ft respectively.

The 3.0L TwinPower Turbo Engine is exclusively designed to lower emission and enhance the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The BMW M4 features a Start/Stop System that saves fuel by switching off the engine at signals and other idle situations.

Models BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
MSRP $77,200 $120,700 $124,400
Engine 3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo 3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Boxer 6 Cylinder Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo
Drive Train RWD RWD RWD
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 7-Speed Manual 7-speed automatic
Power 425 hp 450 hp 469 hp
Torque 406 lb-ft 405 lb-ft 465 lb-ft

When compared with the competitors, the BMW M4 Convertible has a good capacity engine but lower transmission system. The BMW M4 is priced very lesser than that of its competitors with almost similar specifications.

Acceleration

The BMW M4 offers an all-wheel drive that boosts more and more confidence and comfort to the ride. The vehicle is integrated with the Dynamic Stability Program for the maximum amount of torque distribution in corners and slippery surfaces. The M4 reaches 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and the quarter-mile distance in 12. seconds.

Models BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
0-60 MPH 4.3 sec 3.9 sec 3.9 sec
Quarter mile 12.6 sec 12.2 sec 11.4 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 4.0L
Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.9 8.4 9.8

Both the AMG-GT and 911 GTS are faster than M4. Consequently, they are less eco-friendly when compared to the BMW.

Handling and Steering

The BMW M4 comes with a Start/Stop System that works to enhance the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The BMW M4 features an Adaptive M suspension that is built especially to balance the ride height, thereby ensuring smooth driving quality and handling of the vehicle. This balances the height of the vehicle and comfort level of the ride according to the variation in passenger weight and cargo.

Braking

The Braking System of the BMW M4 features an Antilock Brake System, that is built with upgraded brake hardware. It also includes a Brake Assist as a safety measure.

The Brake Assist System alerts the occupants whenever there is any vehicle or a stationary object is approaching and it detects a possibility of collision. As soon as the drive starts to apply the brake, it provides an appropriate amount of braking to avoid a collision and even if the driver fails to brake, it autonomously initiates required amount of brake and brings the vehicle to a halt.

Model BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
Brake Front(in) 15.0 13.8 14.2
Brake Rear(in) 14.6 13.0 14.2
Curb weight(lbs) 4070 3197 3682
60-0 MPH (ft.) 107 103 96

The BMW M4 features the biggest brakes here; 15.0-inches and 14.6-inches in the Front Brake and the Rear respectively. The M4 takes a distance of 107 ft to come to a halt, great in itself, but slow when compared to its rivals. The Merc AMG-GT takes the least distance, 96 feet, to roll to a stop.

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Though the BMW M4 is found to be the best in all aspects like engine specifications, acceleration, performance, etc, the fuel economy delivered by the vehicle is not as good as that delivered by the rivalries.

Model BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Car GTreraS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
MPG (city) 17 18 16
MPG (highway) 25 26 21
MPG (combined) 20 21 18

The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS delivers the maximum fuel economy of 18/26 mpg on city/highway roads. The BMW M4 lies in the middle order in terms of fuel economy. It offers 17/25 mpg on city/highway roads.

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Interior

7.7/10

 “The M4 has a practical driving position and intuitive cabin. Rear-seat access and rear vision are acceptable considering this is a two-door. The interior is easy to live with on a daily basis.” – edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The BMW M4 is designed with a sculptured interior that makes it a masterpiece of creativity and craftsmanship. The cabin is designed with the best in class high-quality materials that make it a visual treat.

The interior features powered front seats with memory and seat shaped controls on the doors in which the occupants can store seating positions for the front seats. The seating positions, steering wheel positions, and the side mirror positions can be saved in the memory.

Model BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
Passenger capacity 4 4 2
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 84.0 70.0 86
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

40.4/55.3/42.2 38.4/52.0/41.6 39.5/55.6/45.2
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

36.1/49.8/33.7 32.0/50.6/41.4 N/A

The BMW M4 comes with a two-row seating with a good seating capacity of 4. The front seats are foldable enough to get to back seats with enough space for two kids. Seats are available in a variety of configurations that offer more cargo space.

The BMW M4 has the greatest seating capacity when compared to all the other rivalries that have a seating capacity of 4. However, the Mercedes Benz AMG-GT offers the greatest amount of passenger volume than the others.

Infotainment System

The 2018 M4 comes with an iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen as standard and an optional 8.8-inch screen with navigation:

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • Bluetooth Phone Connectivity
  • Mobile Wi-Fi
  • Navigation
  • Voice commands
  • Apple Car Play (optional)

The infotainment can be controlled by either a rotary knob on the center console or steering mounted controls.

Interior Features

Apart from the infotainment system, there are other interior features as well:

  • Powered Front Seats with Memory
  • Full-Color M-Specific Head-Up Display
  • 10-way power front M sport seats
  • iDrive infotainment system
  • Moonroof

Cargo Capacity

The Trunk Space of the BMW M4 contains a Partition Net and a Luggage Cover that automatically moves up and down, thereby making loading and unloading easy. The space it offers in the trunk is comparable to any midsize sedan.

Model BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
Volume (cube ft) 13.0 4.4 10.1

When compared with the immediate competitors, the M4 looks like the maximum cargo space. The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS can only fit in one travel bag in its front cargo space. Mercedes Benz AMG GT has a better trunk than that, but nowhere close to the Beemer.

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Exterior

9.1/10

“The M4 coupe and convertible look similar to those of the 4 Series, but their unique traits are easy to see if you know where to look. The hood features a power dome that you can think of as a bicep signaling this performance car’s extra muscle. Around back are quad exhaust outlets.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The BMW M4 showcases itself with a stunning, sleek, and stylish look. Right from the headlights to the taillights, the energy-efficient and long-life LED lights to light up the way for the vehicle.

The main attraction of the M4 convertible is the open-top, which helps you enjoy the breeze as you drive. It takes an average time of 20 seconds to fit the roof or to open the top for BMW M4.

Model BMW M4 Convertible Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT
curb weight(lbs) 4070 3197 3682
Length(in) 184.5 178.5 179.0
Width(in) 73.6 72.9 76.3
Height(in) 54.8 51.0 49.6
Ground clearance(in) 4.7 4.2 4.9
Wheelbase(in) 110.7 96.5 103.5
Track width(in) F/R 62.2/63.1 60.7/60.8 66.1/65.0

In terms of dimensions, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT have an almost equal length with just a 0.5-inch difference. They have a ground clearance of 4.2 and 4.9 inches and a wheelbase of 96.5 and 103.5 respectively.

The other two rivalries, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT are found to have lesser values in dimensions when compared to the BMW M4, also they both have less ground clearance values of 4.2-inches and 4.9-inches in order.

Exterior Features

Even on the outside, the car is loaded with features:

  • Stunning Exterior Design
  • All LED Headlights and Taillights
  • Convertible Roof
  • 5-spoke wheels
  • Power folding side mirrors

 

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Safety

The BMW M4 comes with advanced safety features like the 8-way airbag protection. The Supplement Restraint System (SRS) has the sensors that will analyze the situation and avoid the unnecessary deployment of the airbag. It has a lot more amazing safety features that are listed below.

  • Driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Rollover Protection System
  • Active Knee Protection
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • LATCH attachment for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock, and My BMW Remote app

The 2018 BMW M4 Convertible has not been rated by both the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Competition

BMW M4 Convertible vs Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

When compared with the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, the BMW M4 is found to be the next to it in all measures be it the engine capacity, transmission, performance, safety etc. Also the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is found to be more fuel economic. If price or cargo space is your first priority, then the BMW M4 is the best pick.

BMW M4 vs Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT

The Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT does not meet the BMW M4 in the features of the Fuel economy, cargo volume, eco-friendliness etc. It has only 2 seating capacity whereas the BMW M4 has 4. However, it is found to be more accelerated and high transmission power. It is priced higher than that of BMW M4 but when seating capacity and spacious matters, the better option would be the BMW M4.

2018 BMW M4 Convertible Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW M4 Convertible is an awesome vehicle from the class of convertible cars from BMW. It is the 6th generation car with best in class engine specifications, stunning exterior looks, stylish interior, spacious cabin and the most advanced infotainment system. When it comes to pricing, though it is found to be less costly, the features loaded inside the cabin justify it pretty well.