The BMW 4 Series Convertible will show its non-camouflaged face sometime later this year, but our spies recently caught this nearly naked prototype out getting some sun. As you'll recall, the droptop 4 Series replaces the 3 Series Convertible in the BMW range, and if our recent stint behind the wheel of the new 435i Coupe is anything to go on, this topless 4er should be quite a fun runabout for sun-drenched motoring.

To no one's surprise, the 4 Series Convertible shares all of its design with the 4 Series coupe, save, of course, the obvious roofectomy. Beyond that, the topless 2+2 will use the same engines and transmissions as the coupe, meaning it should arrive in the US in both 428i and 435i guises, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, respectively. Both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions will be available.

The car spied this time around has the full M Sport visual treatment, with the revised (and better-looking) front fascia, larger 19-inch wheels, and attractive Melbourne Red paint. Interestingly, it appears this prototype has the standard xenon headlamp setup, rather than the full-LED option that's also available.

BMW has not officially confirmed if the 4 Series Convertible will debut at the Frankfurt or Los Angeles auto shows, but with production expected to begin at the end of the year, looks like this droptop will arrive just in time for winter.

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      Nice - this new body suits the convertible better than the coupe. BMW makes fine looking convertibles - no goofy messed up lines like Infinity, Lexus, etc..
      Yaman Ahmed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Believe me, I'm not a big fan of convertibles, or the design of the new 4 series...but the 4 series with its top down looks amazing! I love it more than the coupe. Good job BMW!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks shapeless, kind of like a glorified Sebring convertible. BMW is a company formerly known for making focused, restrained German sports cars. So now they sell mediocre, low cost, high profit cars direct to the lease market until the residuals go back down. Which will happen in the end.
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      What a yawnfest.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've decided that BMWs use of this camo if just to say 'not ready for production...'
      • 1 Year Ago
      it looks like a really awesome car cant wait to drive it. The M4 should be crazy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those seats look interesting! (they look different from coupe seats)
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's so big it looks like a six series.
      Marc Underwood
      • 1 Year Ago
      The design is 'maturing' a little too much; it's has salt and pepper around the chin and eyes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This doesn't even come close to my metallic black 2004 E46 convertible, I bought the droptop because it looked better than the coupe and I've never driven it with the top down; and the car with the cloth top looks much better than the folding hardtop, MUCH better.
      • 1 Year Ago
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