Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof


Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.
Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

Secrets of the M4 Convertible’s roof

Is the BMW M4 Convertible’s folding roof too complex for its own good?

I’ve just been driving the BMW M4 Convertible, and I’m reminded of the craziness of the whole roof mechanism. It’s actually the same as all other 4-series Convertibles, so this criticism isn’t just aimed at M. In fact it isn’t really aimed at BMW, it’s aimed at the lazy people who buy the car.

Here’s a series of photos of it in action. To lower the thing, all the driver has to do is slow down to 10mph, and touch a button. The four windows drop, and the roof unlatches itself. Then the front panel of the roof moves back until it’s snuggled against the section that’s normally above the rear passengers. The rear section meanwhile is levitated up to lie above it.

Then the boot lid opens, hinged from the back, and this metal and glass sandwich motors into the top of the boot cavity. Finally the lid closes again, so you can open it in the normal way to get at your stuff. Except you can’t. The stowed roof almost entirely blocks the boot entrance. [x]

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW has showcased a pair of cars with, seemingly, only one aim in mind: to irritate the Stig.

BMW demonstrated self-drifting cars this week. More at TopGear.com.

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BMW gives the Z4 a facelift

So this facelifted Z4 then. It now comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-pot that sits on the entry point of Z4 ownership, and one that heeds BMW’s labelling strategy by not being a ‘20i’, but a ‘sDrive18i’. Power sits at 156bhp and 177lb ft of torque, available between 1,250rpm and 4,400rpm. That’s good for a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds with the standard six-speed manual, which is a full second off the next model up, 184bhp sDrive20i. Spec the eight speed sports auto ‘box and the time rises to 8.1 secs, while top speed is 137mph.
Outside, the revisions are minor, but you’ll notice the LED lights have gone all Avatar thanks to their “strikingly three-dimensional design”, while there’s a newly designed tapered surround for the side indicators. There are three new colour options - grey, silver and orange - together with a new equipment pack named ‘Design Pure Traction’. Spec it, and you’ll be privy to an orange and black interior that looks nothing like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Alcantara on the door trim, and a metal weave strip. There are new 17in and 18in wheel designs in a ‘V’ spoke design, too.


Deets at TopGear.com

BMW gives the Z4 a facelift

So this facelifted Z4 then. It now comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-pot that sits on the entry point of Z4 ownership, and one that heeds BMW’s labelling strategy by not being a ‘20i’, but a ‘sDrive18i’. Power sits at 156bhp and 177lb ft of torque, available between 1,250rpm and 4,400rpm. That’s good for a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds with the standard six-speed manual, which is a full second off the next model up, 184bhp sDrive20i. Spec the eight speed sports auto ‘box and the time rises to 8.1 secs, while top speed is 137mph.

Outside, the revisions are minor, but you’ll notice the LED lights have gone all Avatar thanks to their “strikingly three-dimensional design”, while there’s a newly designed tapered surround for the side indicators. There are three new colour options - grey, silver and orange - together with a new equipment pack named ‘Design Pure Traction’. Spec it, and you’ll be privy to an orange and black interior that looks nothing like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Alcantara on the door trim, and a metal weave strip. There are new 17in and 18in wheel designs in a ‘V’ spoke design, too.

Deets at TopGear.com

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Behold: the 600bhp BMW 1M Coupe

There must be something in the water down at G-Power’s headquarters in Autenzell. Either that, or their spanners are charged with uranium, because they’re fond of really, really quick cars. Witness the M5 and M6 Hurricane RR models.

With the 1M, they are “building the Coupe the way it should have come from the factory in the first place”. Which, if you take their viewpoint, means 600bhp and 427lb ft of torque. Not from the standard 3.0-litre, mind. Oh no sir, they’ve slotted in a supercharged version of the M3’s 4.0-litre V8, together with the seven-speed DCT auto ‘box.

G-Power has fitted its ‘Clubsport’ suspension pack underneath - independently adjustable KW coilovers and dampers - with huge 396mm ceramic brakes, and 20in alloys with Michelin Pilot Super Sports. You’ll remember of course, the standard 1M Coupe features the front/rear tracks and the diff from the V8 M3, which G-Power has wisely left untouched.

There’s a carbon fibre bonnet and boot lip, lots of leather and Alcantara inside, and a production run of just 30 - to mark G-Power’s 30th anniversary next year.

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Richard talks to Yahoo about the BMW 3-Series
Ok, so you have to ignore the fact that they show images of the previous 3-series when talking about the NEW 3-series, and instead listen to Richard make the argument that the new BMW 3 Series is the best car ever made. (Click through for the video.)

Richard talks to Yahoo about the BMW 3-Series

Ok, so you have to ignore the fact that they show images of the previous 3-series when talking about the NEW 3-series, and instead listen to Richard make the argument that the new BMW 3 Series is the best car ever made. (Click through for the video.)

Finally! A future car that looks like it’s from The Future! The BMW i8 Spyder

We’ve seen the concept and if you’ve seen Mission Impossible 4, you’ve seen the coupe. Now, here’s the BMW i8 Spyder:

It’ll be unveiled at this year’s Beijing auto show later this month and is, as you’d imagine, a pretty good sign that Munich’s going to give us a drop-top to join the i8 coupe. For those hard of memory, that’s the 155mph, 100mpg sportster due to land in showrooms come 2014.

BMW has kept the swan doors, which swivel up like the wings of a, umm, swan… They’re retained thanks to the amount of carbon that’s used in the i8’s super-stiff passenger ‘Life’ cell, which is made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Underneath, there’s an aluminium chassis with a lithium-ion battery buttered along its length, keeping the centre of gravity nice and low and achieving a 50:50 weight distribution. It’s got the same plug-in powertrain as the coupe, too; a petro-electro melange of 129bhp electric motor driving the front wheels and three-cylinder turbo petrol engine sending 220bhp to the rears (that’s 349bhp in all).

All together, it makes 406lb ft of torque, which gets it from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds and a tethered top speed of 155mph. And it’s claimed it can do 20 miles of FWD on the battery alone.

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This is the brand new BMW M6 Convertible

You’ve seen the new BMW M6 Coupe… here’s the BMW M6 convertible. All the stats for the coupe apply to the convertible, except that this one is a tick slower. And we really mean just a tick:

As such, BMW quotes a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds for the Coupe, and 4.3 seconds for the Convertible, 0-124mph in 12.6 seconds (13.1s for the drop-top) and the option of a 189mph top speed with the ‘M Driver’s Package’.

So which is it going to be for you? Coupe? Or Convertible?

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This is the brand new BMW M6 Coupe

We’ve seen the new BMW M5… now let’s look at the newly announced BMW M6:

If M was a soup, BMW has ladled every last drop into this, apparently. Assembled ladies and gentlemen, meet the all-new BMW M6.

It has been given, says BMW, a “generous dose of M feeling”, by which of course, it means a cosmically powerful engine and lots of oversteer.

It’s the second M car to get the very highly pumped 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine - first seen on the rather smashing new M5 - and therefore boasts 552bhp and 502lb ft of torque. That’s more power than the Jaguar XKR-S. Power, naturally, goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed M double clutch gearbox with launch control.

As such, BMW quotes a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds for the Coupe, and 4.3 seconds for the Convertible, 0-124mph in 12.6 seconds (13.1s for the drop-top) and the option of a 189mph top speed with the ‘M Driver’s Package’.

They’re both so gorgeous that we gave the coupe and convertible their own photosets. See the convertible here.

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What were your favorite cars of 2011?

TopGear.com have named some of their favorite cars from 2011 including cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and the Porsche 911 Carrera S (see the photoset above for some, click the link for the rest.)

There are some quality picks in there but we wonder what your favorite cars were. What say you?

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BMW shows off new 6 Series Gran Coupe. We show off our drool.

First, there was the Mercedes-Benz CLS. And it was good. Then, the Audi A7. That was also good. Now, Internet, meet the third contender for the crown of ultimate luxo-four-door-coupe-thingy: the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

It’s the first four-door coupe BMW has ever built, and its launch next year will kick off a Teutonic three-way tussle so explicit it’d make the Internet’s most liberal adult film purveyors blush.

That long, low and wide stance with short overhangs - and driver-focused cockpit - shows us it has BMW’s driving DNA etched into its flanks, though whether it can offer up any more joy than the capable-but-anodyne coupe and convertible versions remains to be seen.

We can’t wait for the comparison drive. We also just want to hear Jezza pronounce the word ‘koo-PAY’.

So what do you think Tumblr? CLS, A7, or Gran Coupe?