By Asian Journal Auto Editor

The BMW M4 is an incredibly desirable car, one of those legendary supercars that is actually in the reach of mere mortals. Not only is it an extraordinary looking car, whether in coupe or convertible form, one could easily imagine it on your drive way, the sun glinting off  its low, wide, aggressive body, the sleek kidney grilles the purposeful flared fenders, the fat tires and rear quad tailpipes…anyway you get the picture!  The BMW M4 enters the 2020 model year without any significant changes, the big wait is for the brand new M4 hopefully to appear next year.  In the meantime, the M4 is no pussycat with its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six engine generating a stonking 425 hp @ 5,500 – 7,300 rpm with torque at an earth twisting 406 lb-ft @ 1,850 – 5,500 rpm.  Let’s cut to the chase, the M4 can make a 4.3-second 0-60 mph dash and blow your wig off with the roof down!

The well-insulated metal roof for that matter takes about 20 seconds to fully open or close via a switch on the centre console. My San Marino Blue tester wore stunning 20” wheels and a full bevy of carbon fibre trim pieces giving it an extra aggressive look. The interior is beautifully finished with contrasting leather, more carbon fibre and metal trim. The M4 Convertible gets a fairly impressive list of standard features: 14-way power operated M sport seats with lumbar support, memory, and three-stage heating, dual-zone automatic climate control, a BMW iDrive 7 infotainment interface is housed on an 8.8-inch touchscreen display, also controllable via the iDrive rotary controller on the center console. The system boasts standard AM/FM radio functionality, a CD player, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation with real-time traffic information. A 200 GB hard drive is also standard equipment, while an audiophile quality 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system takes care of the tunes. There is also Apple CarPlay and Android.

Options can, however, quickly send the price skywards in typical BMW fashion! Want to rock extra flashy paint, wheel, and interior upgrades, take your pick. But if I had the cash, I would splurge on the performance enhancing Competition package that upgrades the M4 with: adaptive suspension, a re-tuned stability control system, new anti-roll bars, springs, and dampers, a beautifully, raucous loud titanium exhaust, and blingy spoked 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The Competition software controls the Active M differential and stability control to up the handling dynamics.  The twin-turbo S55 straight-six engine is retuned to produce 444 horses, channeled through a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic driving the rear wheels.  You gain a slightly faster 0-100 km/h. time of 4.2 seconds via a really cool launch control function.

This M4 is also available with the BMW Ultimate package, which includes the Competition pack and all those carbon fibre pieces, the louder titanium sport exhaust and other performance features.   On the road, the BMW M4 is still one of the best ways in which to experience what it is like to drive a performance track race car. The acceleration, steering and handling are up to super car standards. That twin-turbo S55 engine delivers smooth, purring power right through the tach range. The 7-speed DCT gearbox also deliver perfect well timed shifts and never falters. Then there is that delicious, audacious exhaust note when you put the top down. On lonely twisting roads, the surroundings blur by as you can take corners at speed. The inherent oversteering and beautifully balanced handling mean you can float and drift the M4 with a slide and breakaway in corners, yet still be in complete control. Its pure point and shoot steering dynamics and a sheer addictive adrenalin rush!

You can of course customize the M4’s   Performance parameters via buttons to adjust: steering, suspension, and stability control, to “tune” the car.  In every day driving, the M4 is a well – behaved brute that acts like the smirking schoolyard bully with a docile forgiving ride. It’s a bit of a magnet, attracting stares and attention. There is little to complain about here, sure the rear seats are kid sized, and a veritable torture chamber for adults, plus the trunk is also tiny. Still, the M4 Cabriolet is one of the most exhilarating performance convertible sports cars on the planate with phenomenal power, nigh on perfect handling and an exhaust audio soundtrack that intoxicating. The lineup starts here!

2020 BMW M4 Cabriolet, MRSP: $88,000 – Plus options, taxes and fees. More info at bmw.ca