Photos & Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Exterior: With the top retracted, the 2015 BMW M4 is virtually flawless and with the top up it’s pretty cool, too. The front fascia is aggressive, sleek and downright sexy and the hood hints of a beast under the hood without being too blatant. The curves certainly don’t cease at the front as the razor sharp lines extend front the front fender along a neat crease extended to the rear. The Marina Blue Metallic hue definitely turns heads but to those looking to stay a bit off the radar with such a performance-heavy machine, you may want to opt for a more subtle color. The 19-inch wheels are a welcome addition and probably worth the $1200 up-charge. With the top up, the M4 ‘vert doesn’t really lose much appeal which speaks volumes for the engineering behind the hard top roof but in a darker color it would be hard to tell it was a convertible at all.
Interior: The interior falls in line with what you’d expect from BMW; simplistic instrument cluster, molded black plastic and an overall minimalistic (which some could confuse for basic) appearance. The 10-way power M sport seats are properly bolstered and have a pretty fresh illuminated M logo underneath the headrest which is pretty sweet at night. The Sonoma Beige leather is supple while supportive and the rear seats just might have enough room for an adult or two even though I neglected to make an attempt to try. At the end of the day, the vanilla interior is the last thing that crosses your mind while driving the M4 convertible because thankfully, there are plenty of other attractions couple with the experience.
A/V: The BMW iDrive system with on-board computer and touchpad controller performs with ease and I even prefer it over a standard touchscreen system. The Harmon Kardon surround sound system is stout with the top up as to to be expected, isn’t much competition for wind noise with the top down. The LCD screen that protrudes up from the dash is actually not distracting because of its width and limited height. I’d love for it to motorize from the dash or be integrated a bit more seamlessly but it still works.
Performance: THIS is why you buy the M4. Thanks to the new twin-turbo, inline six cylinder power plant that produces 425 horsepower, every adventure behind the wheel of the M4 is an exciting one. Especially with the top retracted, the harmonious exhaust note sings a unique, yet intriguing tune that becomes euphoric especially in the 3000-5000 rpm range. My favorite gear was definitely third as I feel the M4 is at its best in this position. Shifting from third to fourth loses no power as the car begs for more even with the throttle firmly planted. Managing corners and obstacles is effortless while exciting and the combination of the straight-line power with its agility makes for a formula that’s hard to beat.
Floss Factor: Admittedly, I’ve never been a BMW fanboy but I certainly understand the appeal. Not only does it indisputably produce the Ultimate Driving Experience, when driving around (the surbrubs especially), the M4 convertible is a one hot item. Valets and on-lookers alike all seemed to be in awe of the M4 ‘vert and if they knew what I know, they’d be even more in love.
Power: 425 hp, 406 lb-ft
0-60: 4.4 sec
Gas Cash: 20 MPG (combined)