Electric BMW M4: Neue Klasse Style Imagined

The outlook for BMW convertibles appears dim. The Z4 and 8 Series cabriolets are expected to cease production in 2026 with no immediate successors. Meanwhile, the 2 Series Coupe isn’t set to receive a retractable soft top. It seems that the 4 Series Convertible might be the lone survivor, potentially lasting until mid-2028, according to insiders.

Some experts at Avarvarii have crafted a fresh rendering, imagining a convertible built on the Neue Klasse platform. This isn’t just a typical sporty cabriolet; it’s an M4 inspired by the design cues of the Vision Neue Klasse concept unveiled earlier this year. It retains the four-seat configuration of the existing CLAR-based M4. Thanks to its unique electric platform, this design could offer enhanced rear legroom due to better packaging.

While this rendering is attractive, an electric convertible isn’t BMW’s immediate focus. The German luxury automaker has other priorities, particularly since the first Neue Klasse models will be a crossover and a sedan in the 3 Series segment. Expected lead models include the next-gen iX3 and a globally offered i3 sedan, possibly followed by an i3 Touring and an iX4. It’s logical to expect an electric M4 Coupe before a convertible version.

Although BMW might consider a convertible, it’s unlikely to materialize until the latter part of the decade. Notably, in this concept, an M4 is envisioned. However, the first M vehicle on the Neue Klasse platform, resembling an electric M3 sedan, is expected in 2027. The aforementioned wagon and two crossovers are also set to get the M treatment.

Currently, sporty electric convertibles are rare. The MG Cyberster and Abarth 500e Cabrio are examples. We’re still anticipating the second-generation Tesla Roadster, and there are plans for a Polestar 6 and a Maserati GranCabrio Folgore later in the decade.

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