BMW's all-new 4-Series goes topless in LA - w/video


When the 4Series was introduced to replace the 3 Series Coupe, you knew it was ajust a matter of time before the 4 Series would expand from the coupe to add a convertible...and it's a retractable hardtop one at that. Okay, the 3 Series Convertible also had a hard roof, but the new 4 Series cabrio's roof has been updated with sleeker looks and advanced soundproofing with its “noise-absorbing” headliner (pic after the jump). But let's be honest, we all know what we are talking about here. This is the latest generation of BMW open-air motoring and the new 4 Series is stunning in its look and amazing in its ability to provide miles and miles of smiles. The new 4 Series Convertible will come in three flavors, Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line, with an M Sport package (Wheels, body kit, etc.) that can be added to any 4 Series. According to the press info, there will be three engines available in the new 4 Series Convertible, the four-cylinder engine (approx 240 hp) in the 428i, the 3.0-liter six (306 hp) in the 435i, and a new four-cylinder diesel engine (184 hp) in the 420d that won't be real quick, but should return excellent fuel economy. I guess you can have it all. There is no word when the diesel will be available though. With the new 4 Series Convertible you get your choice of luxury, sport, open-air motoring, or fuel efficienct or any combination thereof depending on your needs and wallet. Prices haven't been announced but expect a jump up from the 3 Series droptop. For lots of info, check out the 3 press releases (two are similar), 8 pics (click for a closer look, and a short video after the jump.  Enjoy, the wait is almost over...

Source: BMW - Press releases (3), pics (8), and video after the "read more" jump.



Press Release:
BMW at the LA Motor Show 2013


BMW is gearing up for a remarkable world premiere and the US debut of two exciting new vehicles on the West Coast. At the LA Auto Show 2013, the BMW 4 Series Convertible is being unveiled on the world stage to reveal an extraordinary combination of dynamic performance, aesthetic appeal and the thrill of the open-air driving experience.

And just a few weeks following their international launch at the IAA in Frankfurt, the BMW i3 and the BMW i8 are making their US debut in California's megacity of renown. With its first fully electric-powered automobile produced in series, and the most advanced sports car in the world today, the BMW Group is demonstrating its vision of the future, universality and the wide-ranging possibilities offered by the BMW i brand.

BMW 4 Series Convertible: Open-top driving pleasure redefined.
The world premiere of the BMW 4 Series Convertible marks the beginning of a new era of open-air driving pleasure. Thanks to its specific design vocabulary, the open-top four-seater stands out significantly from mid-range models of the BMW 3 Series. Unique aesthetics and the noticeable increase in size compared to the predecessor model give the BMW 4 Series Convertible an expressive presence. The three-part, folding hardtop guarantees the highest degree of everyday suitability all year round. When closed, it offers enhanced acoustic comfort and opens in less than 20 seconds at the push of a button. At market launch, there will be a choice of a straight six-cylinder petrol engine, a four-cylinder petrol engine and a four-cylinder diesel power unit with an output ranging from 135 kW/184 hp to 225 kW/306 hp.

BMW i starting off with two models: Electric mobility with the BMW i3 and the BMW i8.
With the simultaneous presentation of its first purely electrically powered production vehicle and the world’s most progressive sports car of the present time, the BMW i brand is demonstrating a broad spectrum of future-oriented vehicle concepts. Both models represent a new form of premium characteristics that are sharply defined by sustainability. The electric motors and lithium-ion high-voltage batteries were developed by the BMW Group for use in each specific model. A further distinctive feature conceived exclusively for BMW i is the LifeDrive vehicle architecture, which includes a passenger compartment made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), thereby contributing significantly towards weight optimisation.

The BMW i3 is the first premium automobile designed right from the start to be powered solely by electricity, rendering it entirely emission-free. The five-seater car, which boasts pathbreaking BMW i design language, offers a generous amount of interior space and four seats. It is powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor and achieves a range of between 130 and 160 kilometres (approx. 80 and 99 miles) in everyday traffic conditions. The optional two-cylinder combustion engine assumes the function of a range extender with which vehicle range can be increased to up to 300 kilometres.

The BMW i8 will also arrive on the market in 2014 as a sports car of a new generation. It combines the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with the fuel consumption and emission levels of a small car. The BMW i8 is a 2+2-seater featuring a visionary design and an intelligent lightweight construction, facilitating not only emission-free driving in the urban environment, but also sporty performance on country roads and motorways. The vehicle’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology delivering 170 kW/231 hp and BMW eDrive technology in the form of a 96 kW/131 hp electric motor. With the power of both engines, the BMW i8 sprints from 0‒100 km/h (60 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption according to the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrids is 2.5 litres/100 kilometres, the respective CO2 emission level being 59 grams/kilometre.

The new BMW X5: Sports Activity Vehicle built to perfection.
The BMW X5 was and still is the world’s first and most successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). In its third generation, it presents itself with a distinctive and aerodynamically optimised design, up to 90 kilograms less weight depending on equipment options on board as well as a multitude of BMW ConnectedDrive innovations. The new BMW X5 is more luxurious and versatile than ever and impresses over and above with increased performance and ever better fuel economy.

The BMW Concept X4: The next chapter in the Sports Activity Coupe story.
BMW is once again breaking new ground with the creation of an all-new vehicle segment. The BMW Concept X4 opens a window into the future expansion of the BMW X family. The concept car combines the rugged looks of a BMW X model with the emotional and sporting aura of one of the brand’s coupes – and, in so doing, brings the Sports Activity Coupe concept so successfully coined by the BMW X6 to another new class. The BMW Concept X4 takes to the stage sporting a product character all its own. As such it follows in the tyre tracks of the BMW X5, BMW X3, BMW X1 and BMW X6, which likewise adopted the role of trailblazer in their respective segments and continue to set their class standard today.

BMW Motorrad K 1600 GTL Exclusive: The ultimate luxury touring motorcycle .
With the supremacy of its 118 kW (160 hp) straight six-cylinder engine and the highest level of technical features and comfort, the BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive opens up entirely new dimensions for the motorcyclist. Thanks to its unparalleled array of equipment features including ABS, the suspension control system ESA II, Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, Xenon curve light, daytime running lights as well as central locking and an exceptionally comfortable seat, the “Exclusive” marks the top in the segment of luxury touring motorcycles. Visually, the “Exclusive” eludes pure luxury thanks to various chrome highlights, newly designed instruments and a Mineral White high-gloss finish coupled with components painted in a contrasting colour.


Press Release:
The new BMW 4 Series Convertible

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible heralds a new era in the premium mid-size range of open cars offered by BMW. The new design language introduced with the BMW 4 Series Coupe is even more evident in this second model of the series, enhancing the appearance of the BMW 4 Series Convertible while setting new standards in terms of dynamics, elegance and extraordinary driving pleasure – with the top up or down. In addition to having its own distinct design, the BMW 4 Series Convertible sets itself apart from its BMW 3 Series cousins through a number of distinguishing technical features.

The new BMW 4 Series Convertible is visibly larger in width, track and wheelbase than the BMW 3 Series Convertible.
The vehicle’s impeccable balance of proportions and characteristic flowing lines stem from the typical BMW short overhangs front and rear, the stretched bonnet and set-back passenger compartment. The striking BMW design features up front – such as the double-kidney grille, twin circular headlights and the large air intakes in the front apron – are keen to display this convertible’s family ties with the BMW 3 Series.

However, the dynamic convictions of the BMW 4 Series Convertible are expressed by elements such as the so-called Air Breathers positioned rearward of the front wheel arches. Together with the Air Curtains, these elements reduce turbulence and aerodynamic drag at the front wheels. The markedly flat design of the boot area at the rear underlines the flowing harmony of the overall vehicle silhouette. Horizontal lines and muscular wheel arches combine to accentuate the car’s wide track and rear-wheel drive concept.
 
Improved roof design and construction. Extra comfort. More functionality.
The design language of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is reflected in the car’s unmistakable and elegant silhouette with balanced proportions when the top is down, and in the sleek look of the roofline – without a B column – when the hardtop is closed. The three-piece retractable hardtop of the BMW 4 Series Convertible is distinguished by advanced soundproofing with its “noise-absorbing” headliner, ensuring quietness and genuine passenger comfort under all weather conditions – even in winter. The interior roof is fully lined and features lamps that add to the ambience expected of a premium sport coupe. When the top is down and stored in the boot, the standard load and unload assistance function pivots the folded roof in the luggage compartment upwards to provide ample storage space and easy access. Thus even large and bulky items and luggage can be conveniently stowed when the top is down. The low and sporty seats ensure more headroom as well as added rear legroom in comparison to the predecessor model.

Individual equipment lines and exclusive details.
The interior of the BMW Series 4 Convertible presents a stylish fusion of sporty allure, elegance and exclusivity. All of the controls are arranged ergonomically around the driver to provide optimum access to all functions. The doors are designed so that all the lines converge towards the rear, and bright colour combinations featuring a two-tone effect for the door and side panels contribute in combination with the hardtop cover to the “boat deck” look. This wrap-around interior design provides for a seating ensemble that allows all passengers to share the open-sky driving experience.

The design of the seats is new and includes integrated seatbelts. The seats are electrically adjustable as standard. If desired, the standard seats and the optional sport seats with recessed head restraints can be equipped with neck warmers for the driver and front passenger, an optional extra available for the first time.
When the top is down, the temperature setting is automatically controlled in relation to the outdoor temperature and the speed of the vehicle.

In addition to the standard model, three specially equipped lines and an M Sport package are also available. The Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line versions can be selected to personalise the new convertible with special interior and exterior accents. The fine materials and meticulous craftsmanship underline the premium ambience of the BMW 4 Series Convertible.
 
Driving dynamics from the top drawer.
In addition to the enjoyment of the unrivalled open-air driving experience at the push of a button, the BMW 4 Series Convertible also impresses with exhilarating performance and sovereign handling. BMW engineers have succeeded in making key improvements in areas such as steering accuracy, precision and agility. Sophisticated chassis technology, torque-steer-free Electric Power Steering, 50:50 weight distribution, a programme of fine-tuning in the wind tunnel and a lightweight construction concept enabled them to build an unadulterated driving machine. The sporty look of the convertible is evident in the longer wheelbase, wider track and standard lower suspension when compared with its predecessor model. Among many factors, the extremely low centre of gravity also accounts for the remarkable performance and handling of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

Two petrol engines and one diesel available at model launch.
At model launch the BMW 4 Series Convertible can be delivered with an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine (BMW 435i Convertible), a four-cylinder petrol engine (BMW 428i Convertible) and a four-cylinder diesel (BMW 420d Convertible). These engines cover the performance range from 135 kW/184 hp to 225 kW/306 hp and feature the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. These state-of-the-art engines imbue the BMW 4 Series Convertible with outstanding acceleration and elasticity while intelligently reducing fuel consumption in compliance with the EU6 standard.

Six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic or eight-speed Sports automatic transmission.
The power from the engines is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. BMW also offers all engine variants with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission or an eight-speed Sports automatic transmission that allows the driver to change gears manually by using shift paddles on the steering wheel. All transmissions are equipped as standard with the Auto Start Stop function. And from the spring of 2014, intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive will be available for the 428i Convertible.

BMW EfficientDynamics.
The sheer driving pleasure of the BMW 4 Series Convertible is accompanied by outstanding economy. The source of this low fuel consumption can be traced to BMW EfficientDynamics, with innovations that can be found throughout the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition to the optimised fuel economy of the petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction concept and honed aerodynamics – headlined by the Air Curtains and Air Breathers – also help to maximise efficiency. Other features such as the Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, the gear shift indicator, on-demand operation of ancillary units and the innovative Proactive Driving Assistant all do their part to ensure low fuel consumption and reduced emissions, without compromising driving performance. The ECO PRO mode can even lead to fuel savings of 20 per cent. In conjunction with the automatic transmission, the new convertible – like the BMW 4 Series Coupe – also features a coasting mode for the first time.

BMW ConnectedDrive.
BMW was early in recognising the significance of connecting the automobile with its environment through intelligent networking technologies and thus is able to offer unique mobility services and driver assistance systems. These innovations are available from the Connected Drive product range as standard or optional equipment for the BMW 4 Series Convertible and, for a limited time, some can even be ordered after the initial vehicle purchase. With these innovations, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is setting standards in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. Among the highlights are a new generation of the Navigation System Professional, the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the Driving Assistant, which warns the driver of a potential collision with a pedestrian, the intelligent, glare-free LED High Beam Assistant, Active Protection with Attentiveness Assistant and the latest development stage of the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.


Press Release:
BMW at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013


The dawn of a new age of individual mobility, a further aesthetical highlight in the mid-range segment and fascinating perspectives for extremely sporty driving pleasure will mark the presence of premium car manufacturer BMW at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013.

The international automobile show, which is taking place for the 43rd time, is showplace for the Japan premiere of the purely electrically powered BMW i3 and the plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8, as well as the world premiere of the BMW 4 Series Convertible. Furthermore, the BMW Concept M4 Coupe offers a preview of the next generation of exceptional high-performance sports cars. In addition, the new BMW X5, the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor and the BMW R nineT will be making their first appearance at an Asian car show.

At the Tokyo Motor Show being staged from 22 November to 1 December 2013, exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting their latest model innovations, concepts and technological developments to the general public. The venue for the show is the Big Sight International Exhibition Centre, which was built on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay and first used as a location for the competitive exhibition of the international automotive sector in 2011. The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the world’s most significant motor shows and is held every two years. In 2011, the organisers recorded around 850,000 visitors to the exhibition grounds.

BMW 4 Series Convertible: Open-top driving pleasure redefined.
The world premiere of the BMW 4 Series Convertible marks the beginning of a new era of open-air driving pleasure. Thanks to its specific design vocabulary, the open-top four-seater stands out significantly from mid-range models of the BMW 3 Series. Unique aesthetics and the noticeable increase in size compared to the predecessor model give the BMW 4 Series Convertible an expressive presence. The three-part, folding hardtop guarantees the highest degree of everyday suitability all year round. When closed, it offers enhanced acoustic comfort and opens in less than 20 seconds at the push of a button. At market launch, there will be a choice of a straight six-cylinder petrol engine, a four-cylinder petrol engine and a four-cylinder diesel power unit with an output ranging from 135 kW/184 hp to 225 kW/306 hp.

BMW i starting off with two models: Electric mobility with the BMW i3 and the BMW i8.
With the simultaneous presentation of its first purely electrically powered production vehicle and the world’s most progressive sports car of the present time, the BMW i brand is demonstrating a broad spectrum of future-oriented vehicle concepts. Both models represent a new form of premium characteristics that are sharply defined by sustainability. The electric motors and lithium-ion high-voltage batteries were developed by the BMW Group for use in each specific model. A further distinctive feature conceived exclusively for BMW i is the LifeDrive vehicle architecture, which includes a passenger compartment made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), thereby contributing significantly towards weight optimisation.

The BMW i3, which is scheduled to be launched in Japan in the spring of 2014, is the first premium automobile designed right from the start to be powered solely by electricity, rendering it entirely emission-free. The five-seater car, which boasts pathbreaking BMW i design language, offers a generous amount of interior space and four seats. It is powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor and achieves a range of between 130 and 160 kilometres (approx. 80 and 99 miles) in everyday traffic conditions. The optional two-cylinder combustion engine assumes the function of a range extender with which vehicle range can be increased to up to 300 kilometres.

The BMW i8 will also arrive on the market in 2014 as a sports car of a new generation. It combines the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with the fuel consumption and emission levels of a small car. The BMW i8 is a 2+2-seater featuring a visionary design and an intelligent lightweight construction, facilitating not only emission-free driving in the urban environment, but also sporty performance on country roads and motorways. The vehicle’s plug-in hybrid system comprises a supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology delivering 170 kW/231 hp and BMW eDrive technology in the form of a 96 kW/131 hp electric motor. With the power of both engines, the BMW i8 sprints from 0‒100 km/h (60 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption according to the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrids is 2.5 litres/100 kilometres, the respective CO2 emission level being 59 grams/kilometre.

The new BMW X5: Sports Activity Vehicle built to perfection.
The BMW X5 was and still is the world’s first and most successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). In its third generation, it presents itself with a distinctive and aerodynamically optimised design, up to 90 kilograms less weight depending on equipment options on board (EU specification). The new BMW X5 is more luxurious and versatile than ever and impresses over and above with increased performance and ever better fuel economy.

BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor: Innovative concept, advanced drive technology, innovative detail solutions.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor demonstrates the best prerequisites for capturing a further vehicle segment. This concept car combines advanced plug-in hybrid drive technology, compact dimensions and an exceptionally variable interior into a new manifestation of brand-typical driving pleasure supplemented by intelligent detail solutions for leisure activities.

BMW Concept M4 Coupe: Concentrated motor racing genes.
When shown to the general public at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, the BMW Concept M4 Coupe will demonstrate immediatelynoticeable, high-performance characteristics. The athletic and dynamic concept car combines motor racing genes and everyday suitability into an extremely emotional overall concept in the unmistakable style of the BMW M GmbH. The powerfully shaped front end with large air intakes, dynamic side lines and a sporty, flat rear end signal phenomenal performance and precisely controllable handling. CFRP elements such as the front splitter, the roof or the rear diffuser underscore consistent lightweight construction as a further measure towards achieving fascinating performance.

The BMW Motorrad nineT: Fascination and emotion from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
On the occasion of the anniversary “90 Years of BMW Motorrad”, the BMW R nineT is presenting itself in a classic but nevertheless ultra modern form. The “cafe racer” combines the original charm of the 81 kW (110 hp) boxer engine and puristic design vocabulary from various BMW Motorrad eras with innovative technology and a modular concept that offers maximum possibilities for indivisualization.