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BMW 4 Series gets a soft-top option for the 2022 model year

The BMW 4 Series is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor.

Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The 2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible will be a combination of the fresh BMW 4 Series, which debuted earlier this year, and a new convertible features.

The biggest change is that the 4 Series Convertible is going soft. The freshly-designed soft-top exterior brings with it a host of benefits including weight reduction (it's 40 percent lighter), improved cargo space (now 9.0 cubic feet, up 1.2 cubic feet from previous-gen model), and a lower center of gravity, which allows for improved handling.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The model comes standard with the controversial 4 Series grille. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Its convertible top uses a large panel bow and honeycomb construction to accommodate a flush-fitting glass rear window. Multiple layers of insulation and fabric make up the top, which is available in two colors: Moonlight black and standard black. Moonlight black adds a shimmer to the fabric.

Opening and closing the soft-top can be done while seated in the car or via remote key. It takes 18 seconds to perform open and closing functionality, which can be performed at up to 31 mph.

There is a pass-through rear seat to allow for additional storage options.

Like the rest of the 4 Series lineup, the convertible is longer and wider than the previous-generation model, complete with a longer wheelbase. The 4 Series Convertible is more aerodynamic than its predecessor.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible It takes 18 seconds for the convertible's roof to go up or down. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

It also has the 4 Series's unique face with new grille, standard LED headlights, and sleek blade-like turn signals. At the back are slim taillights and classic BMW minimalism. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

The car is available with the M Sport package, which consists of a uniquely styled front bumper with larger air intake openings and a restyled rear bumper with Shadowline inlays. The rear diffuser panel, front air intake trim, side window moldings and lower exterior mirror housings are all finished in high-gloss black. Selecting the optional Shadowline Package delivers a high-gloss black finish to the kidney grille, exhaust tip trim, and black mirror caps.

The 2022 BMW 430i and 430i xDrive Convertibles are powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 430i gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 or 130 mph depending on the wheel and tire combination selected.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible BMW is making the 4 Series Convertible with a new soft top. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW is powering the M440i and M440i xDrive Convertible with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine hat produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It has the same electronically limited top speed as the 430i but can get off the line and to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds.

Both engines are paired with a stand eight-speed automatic transmission. A mild-hybrid 48-volt system is also standard.

An Adaptive M Suspension and Dynamic Handling package are available.

Power Sport seats and a leather steering wheel are standard. The M Sport Package and M440i Convertible models offer additional soft knee padding on the sides of the center console as well as an M Sport steering wheel and door sill plates with the M logo.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The interior of the model isn't revolutionary. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

The four-seater has been engineered with convertible-specific noise reduction measures.

The starting MSRP is $53,100 for the new 430i Convertible, $55,100 for the 430i xDrive Convertible, $64,00 for the M440i Convertible and $66,000 for the M440i xDrive Convertible. Pricing does not include the added $995 destination charge.

2022 BMW 4 Series Convertible The car takes most of the body traits of the traditional 4 Series for its design. Photo courtesy of BMW, Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

Rear-wheel drive versions of the model will go on sale in March and all-wheel drive 4 Series Convertibles will arrive at dealerships starting in July 2021.

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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Updated crossovers

BMW Announces Updates for 2022 X3 and X4

The X3 and X4 get meaningful updates for 2022.

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European luxury brands have fully embraced the SUV and crossover craze. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW have all drastically increased their utility vehicle catalogs in recent years, but haven't forgotten fun and drivability along the way. BMW in particular offers several models, each of which can be had in high-performance variants or with performance options packages. Two, the X3 and X4, will receive meaningful updates for the 2022 model year, with new powertrain tech and upgraded standard features.

The standard vehicles will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All X3 and X4 models will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, and most will get standard all-wheel drive. Only the base X3 sDrive model will miss out. Both the X3 and X4 will be available with a Dynamic Handling Package, along with various steering and suspension upgrades. A Performance Control feature will be available for X3 models equipped with the M Sport package and standard for all X4 models, which brings the ability to shift torque to the rear wheels for better traction.


2022 BMW X4 Because of its sloping roof, BMW calls the X4 a coupe.BMW


Both the X3 and X4 will also be available in performance-oriented forms. The M40i models will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. BMW says the engine is powerful enough to propel the crossovers to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds and on to a stop speed of either 130 or 155 mph, depending on the tire.

BMW's Live Cockpit Plus system is standard for the X3, which includes a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 5.1-inch color display in the center of a traditional gauge cluster. X4 models and upgraded X3 models will get a digital gauge cluster that measures 12.3 inches, along with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Called Live Cockpit Professional, the system is based on BMW's latest iDrive 7.0 software and can display information such as maps and vehicle data directly in front of the driver. BMW says that iDrive 7.0 allows the vehicles to be updated over-the-air to add new digital services and keep vehicle systems running properly.


2022 BMW X4 Both the X3 and X4 will be available in high-peformance M models.BMW


If you're hoping to get ahold of the new X3 or X4, production will begin in August 2021 at BMW's Spartanburg, SC facility. Pricing will begin at $43,700 for the X3 and $51,800 for the X4. Both vehicles will be subject to a $995 destination charge and taxes.

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