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A look at the generations of BMW M3 and M4 Convertibles.

What unites all BMW M3 and M4 high-performance generations? They’re powerful, fast and as convertibles open for anything.

21 May 2021

Since 1988, the BMW M3 and M4 Convertibles have been the fresh-air fanatics among the high-performance vehicles from BMW. Time for a look at the family tree of the successful series of BMW M drop-tops.

THE GENERATIONS OF CONVERTIBLES:

1988 – BMW M3 Convertible E30
1994 – BMW M3 Convertible E36
2001 – BMW M3 Convertible E46
2008 – BMW M3 Convertible E93
2014 – BMW M4 Convertible F83

BMW M3 E30 CONVERTIBLE.

BMW M3 Convertible E30BMW M3 Convertible E30

The first drop-top-M3 ever.

If there’s one BMW M Convertible that represents all open BMW M models, it‘s the M3 from the E30 series. This was the first M car in the company’s history fitted with a folding roof as standard.

The M3 Convertible embodies the symbiosis of high-performance and luxury fresh-air fun like no other model from the 1980s. The M3 Convertible was perfect for the open road and the racetrack. Characteristics that are still true for all BMW M vehicles today.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

First convertible in the history of M
Only 786 units built
Convertible with world championship DNA
0-100 km/h 7.5 seconds
Max. output: 195-215 hp

BMW M3 E36 CONVERTIBLE.

BMW M3 Convertible E36BMW M3 Convertible E36

Fast and safe.

New styling, more safety and a major power boost: the iconic BMW M3 Convertible from the E36 series was characterized by numerous innovations. Like the invisible rollover bar behind the rear-seat headrests, which appeared in an instant if the car threatened to flip over. The completely new inline six-cylinder engine with 3-litre capacity and 286 hp was one of the most modern anywhere in the launch year of 1994. And just one year later, M GmbH went one better: The more powerful 3.2-litre version with 321 hp took the high-performance convertible to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Max. output: 286 to 321 hp
Inline six-cylinder engine with 3.0 litre displacement
Variable camshaft control
0-100 km/h 5.7 seconds
Rollover bar behind headrests

BMW M3 E46 CONVERTIBLE.

BMW M3 Convertible E46BMW M3 Convertible E46

High-revving to the Millenium.

Even sleeker, even more dynamic and with a high-revving M engine, the BMW M3 E46 was a hit right from its launch in 2001. More than 30,000 units were produced in Regensburg until 2006 with textile hood and numerous innovations.

The high-performance convertible was especially convincing with the engine’s new high-rev concept. The power output also rose again. With the same displacement, the M engineers now managed to coax 343 hp from the throaty inline six-cylinder. And with a top speed of up to 280 km/h, the convertible became the fastest open M3 to date. A variable limited-slip differential and high-powered brakes that had once again been strengthened made the sports car even more agile in bends – both on the racetrack and on the road.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Max. output: 343 hp
High-rev inline six-cylinder engine
280 km/h top speed
0-100 km/h 5.5 seconds
Engine output per litre: 77.6 kw

BMW M3 E93 CONVERTIBLE.

BMW M3 Convertible E93BMW M3 Convertible E93

8-cylinder and hardtop.

Like its predecessors, the BMW M3 E93 set new standards in technology and driving dynamics at its launch in 2008. And one innovation in particular was to make headlines: The E93 was the first mass-produced M3 Convertible with an eight-cylinder engine.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Max. output: 420 hp
High-rev 8-cylinder engine
7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
0-100 km/h 5.1 seconds
Three-part metal folding roof

BMW M4 F83 CONVERTIBLE.

BMW M4 Convertible F83BMW M4 Convertible F83

New name, more performance.

E became F, M3 Convertible became M4 Convertible and there were quite a few other changes with the model switch in 2014. New name, less weight and a return to the inline six-cylinder characterized the successor to the legendary M3 V8 Convertibles. Like its predecessor, the new BMW M4 Convertible (F83) was also fitted with a three-part metal folding roof.

But under the bonnet the performance of the inline six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology rose to 431 hp. The weight reduction in comparison to the M3 Convertible (E93) and the better engine performance accelerated the manual M4 in 4.6 seconds to 100 km/h from a standing start. With optional 7-speed M double-clutch transmission and the Active M Differential, the high-performance convertible even passed the hundred mark 0.2 seconds quicker.

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Max. output: 450 hp
Inline six-cylinder with M TwinPower Turbo technology
7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
0-100 km/h 4.3 seconds
280 km/h top speed

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