The topless iteration of the BMW 4-Series has landed in South Africa. As you already know, the automaker has now reserved even numbers for their sleeker coupe and convertible variants. They want to give greater differentiation between these and their bread-and-butter saloon models.
It’s available with a duo of engines at present: the 428i and 435i. BMW will launch the 420i in September, but you can place your order as of July. They took a page from the Mercedes-Benz textbook of topless driving. Neck warmers are an option for both front seats. They automatically adjust temperature according to weather and speed when the top is down. In addition to the standard version, buyers can have Sport, Modern and Luxury line trim packages.
In typical BMW fashion, power is sent to the rear wheels, via an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles on the steering wheel. The fuel-saving stop-start feature is standard. Brake energy regeneration, a gear shift indicator and new Proactive Driving Assistant all do their part to ensure low fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
Available toys include a new generation of their navigation system, a system that warns of a potential collision, a glare-free LED high beam assistant and an attention assistant in addition to adaptive cruise control. The starting price of the 428i is R656 500 while the 435i goes for R890 000.