BMW M4 Convertible '30 Jahre Edition'

It's fair to say that the convertible version of the BMW M3 has never been the choice of purists. Sure, you would receive greater aural access to a sensational engine, but that benefit was offset by the increased weight of the roof mechanism and the resultant dynamic squidgyness.

Nevertheless, 2018 marks 30 years of BMW selling to the world convertible versions of every M3 and M4 yet produced. Ergo like the saloon, it is drawing attention to the occasion with a 30 Jahre Edition. Like you all dressed up for your 30th birthday night out, it's fundamentally the same thing as everyone is used to, but more expensive and jazzier than usual.

Based on the M4 Convertible Competition Pack, the 30 Jahre has 450hp and therefore the same vital statistics: 4.5 seconds to 62mph, 155mph flat out, 406lb ft from 1,850rpm and a redline at 7,600rpm.

What's new for the 30 Jahre, then, is mostly cosmetic. Colour choice is limited to a pair of heritage colours, Macau Blue evoking the E30 and Mandarin II reminiscent of the E36's Dakar Yellow. The interior continues the colour scheme established outside, so perhaps yellow isn't the best idea after all.

'30 Jahre Edition' features on the headrests and the door sills, with a limited edition plaque - just 300 of these M4s will be made - emblazoned on the passenger side of the dash. Because limited editions must feature plaques, right?

There's no word yet on price or UK availability for the 30 Jahre yet, but we'll hope to update you with that information soon. It's probably worth bearing in mind that the M3 equivalent of this car was £82,675 when it launched in 2016, so we would expect a similar premium for this M4; perhaps more so, in fact, because there were 500 M3s globally available. (Although if you missed the saloon, seven of the 30 UK cars are currently in the PH classifieds, starting at £64,990).

Finally, should the 30 Jahre be the car that's reminded you an M4 Convertible is what you really want, early cars are now available from £35k. Competition Pack cars begin at £45,000 and, for something really odd, this Comp Pack with a manual gearbox is £47,000...


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  • tosh.brice 20 Feb 2018

    You imply that the yellow one has a yellow interior but don't show it. Other web sites show a black interior

  • Over over under steer 20 Feb 2018

    Personal preference alert...

    For road use I'd always go for the convertible version of a sports car. I prefer the heightened exposure to the elements which just makes the drive feel like more of an event. I accept that there might be some compromise to chassis rigidity but for road use I couldn't care less.

  • julian64 20 Feb 2018

    Having had a little experience of trying BMW cabs and hard tops I wouldn't say there is a little difference between the two. I would say its like driving a completely different car dynamic wise. I'm afraid I would never pay the premium for a 'sporty' cab, just buy a standard cab because the 'sporty' money is wasted

  • Jordan210 20 Feb 2018

    tosh.brice said:
    You imply that the yellow one has a yellow interior but don't show it. Other web sites show a black interior
    It has yellow stitching. Thats it by the look of it on the high res photos.

    Also I don't think Yellow is available in the UK

    "With a choice of two body colours for the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre - the Macao Blue metallic pays tribute to the open-top high-performance car’s debut over three decades ago and the Frozen Dark Grey Metallic boasts a rich sporting heritage and is available exclusively in the UK."

    Also not sure why Pistonheads say they don't have the price and availability

    Limited to 30 units in the UK. • On sale from February 2018 and priced £76,675 OTR.

    Edited by Jordan210 on Tuesday 20th February 10:13

  • Tuvra 20 Feb 2018

    I'm a fan of the BMW M4, however, the other day I was parked next to a Silverstone II Cab with the roof up and all I could think is "the roof line isn't right", I don't like it. Like the other poster here, I couldn't give a hoot about the loss of rigidity, added weight etc, to my eyes the roof totally spoilt the look so I'd never consider the cab. It's noticeable in photos but in the flesh its more obvious to my eyes:-

    I'm sure the roof joints just draw my eyes to the area and spoils the "visual flow" of the car frown

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