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Open M4 detailed with gallery, video

Munich, Germany - for petrolheads the world over who believe that high-performance motoring should be done with the wind in your face, the BMW M4 Convertible - due for SA Release on 15 October - represents the best of both worlds.

Until then, enjoy the gallery and the videos, brought to you by the M boffins.

For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.For many petrolheads BMW's M4 convertible represents the best of both worlds.

The M4 convertible has the three-piece folding hard-top of its svelte 4 Series siblings, which can be raised or lowered in less than 20 seconds at up to 18km/h, the sleek 'barchetta' (little boat) silhouette, with nothing by the A pillars above a sensuously curved waistline, immortalised by the roadsters of the 1930s, and the finely finished trim around the cockpit that evokes hand-crafted racing yachts of the time - combined with the signature M styling cues, from ther power bulge on the bonnet, twin-stalk sports mirrors and flared wheel-arches over 18” or even optional 19” forged light-alloy rims.

HIGH-REVVING STRAIGHT SIX

Add to that the M3/M4 family's high-revving new three-litre straight six with M TwinPower Turbos, rated for the same 317kW and 550Nm - good for 0-100 in just 4.4 seconds with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and sustained cruising at up to its electronically limited top speed of 250km/h - and you have a recipe for automotive nirvana.

But the topless M4, like its tin-top siblings, is no straight-line sledgehammer; it boasts almost all the same special lightweight components to keep its weight down, including alumninium bonnet and front side panels, and aluminium suspension components where possible, as well as carbon-fibre fibre for crucial high-strength components such as the one-piece propshaft, and the front suspension tower brace, which weighs only 1.5kg but is just a rigid as an alloy strut and plays a significant role in the car's precision steering.

PURE BLING?

But perhaps the most telling illustration of the lengths the Munich whitecoats have gone to is that the optional carbon-ceramic disc brakes can be ordered with gold-plated callipers.

Pure bling? No way: Gold no only cannot tarnish no matter how hot it gets, it radiates heat to the air faster than any other finish - and the smoother it's polished the better it works.

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