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27.10.23

Car Of The Week – Our BMW M4 Competition Convertible xDrive

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There are a few ‘firsts’ with the G83 BMW M4 Competition Convertible, and it’s all the better for it. Starting with the visually obvious, the big, clunky, heavy metal folding hard top has been replaced with a fabric counterpart, not only saving weight but lowering the centre of gravity as well. For the first time, the convertible doesn’t feel like a completely different car to its hard-top sibling. The second big change for the M4 Convertible is that it’s solely offered in xDrive, BMW’s 4wd system that helps launch the car from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds, which many consider supercar numbers. While we’re talking facts and figures, the car’s underpinnings are much unchanged from the Coupe, with the same twin-turbo straight-six engine producing 503bhp and business as usual at the top end, with the electronic limiter halting progress at 155mph.

BMW are no stranger to a Matte paint finish on their M cars dating back to the E90 generation, the Frozen paints were a big hit when unveiled. In the past, it was often saved for special editions with the G83; however, they released two BMW individual Frozen paints to choose from. Our car is offered in the Frozen Portimao Blue metallic, a rare choice due to its hefty price tag but well worth it. It shows off the wide rear haunches and distinctive lines of the car perfectly and, when combined with the optional 825M Diamond turned alloy wheels, gives the car a real road presence in a sea of monochrome.

Once you’ve chosen your paint colour, next comes the options list. Usually an encyclopaedia of confusion, BMW have it figured out, though. Tick one box: ‘Ultimate Pack’. Priced at £11,815, this groups together almost every available option on the M4, including the must-have Carbon Bucket seats, Carbon exterior package, and all the driver assists and creature comforts you could imagine. Many owners consider this an essential pick to take the M4 to the next level of design, performance and luxury.

On the inside of our example, the extended leather in Silverstone lifts the interior and shows off the aggressive bucket seats, contrasting with the Dark Carbon weave perfectly. The 50th-anniversary badges are the cherry on top of our perfectly presented example, harking back to where it all started for BMW’s M division.

With just 3,700 miles covered since new, the car has been meticulously cared for. The vital running-in service has been carried out while the car comes complete with the remainder of the BMW manufacturer warranty until May 2025.

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