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2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible (car review)

For years manufacturers have paid homage to their motorsport origins with models that would give any aspiring track day warrior goose bumps. None more so than BMW, and the M4 Competition, tested here in its convertible orientation.

And what better way to showcase its pedigree than to take the weekend to visit the spiritual home of motor sport in Australia, for the Bathurst 6-Hour (just to be clear we did not race the convertible at the event).

Flicking through the spec sheet, we were eager to experience the M4’s twin-turbo in-line six, coupled to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, as it transferred its 375kW of power to each rubber wrapped corner of the car.

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Seeing it in the flesh for the first time is something else though, because despite the fact we’re talking about the M4 Competition convertible here, it’s not only sporty and aggressive looking, but sophisticated as well. Delivering both is no mean feat.

From there, we hit the road, with the wind in our hair. Okay, maybe not quite, first we had to figure out the best route to take, and how we were going to fit a weekend worth of luggage for two people in a two door convertible.

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible
2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

Opening the boot, we were surprised at just how roomy it was, at least with the roof up. Two large bags, a tool bag and a laptop bag fit comfortably, until you come to the realisation that you’ll need to sacrifice some of that if you want the top down.

That raises the conundrum of wearing the same clothes for four days straight. We repacked, finding a relative compromise, which also meant we were on our way. Out on the actual road, the first thing you notice is the balance between sportiness and comfort.

Shuttling through busy Sydney traffic was effortless as the M4 Competition convertible rode the bumps and cracks of the questionable roads around the city. Once out into rural NSW, we found a clear bit of road to put the 375kW of power to the test.

If you’re not smiling from ear to ear the first time you do that, there’s something wrong with you. As we shifted through the gears, pushed hard into the seat with the foot to the floor, we quickly comprehend the speed and performance this car is capable of.

Electing a more tight and twisty route to “the Mountain”, it was time to see how the M4 would handle in the corners. Rushing up to bends and stomping on the brakes to get the car turned in with its 6-pot front brakes was child’s play.

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2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

But, and there is a but, where you would expect it to handle like its on rails, there is a vagueness from the front and a wallow through mid corner, reminding you that the soft top does make quite a considerable difference to handling when pushing it to its limits.

Post-fun, it was time to cool down, with the brakes suddenly noisy from the workout they’d had. That oddity aside, the ride is firm enough to make you feel connected to the chassis but not so firm that it makes you feel like you’re sitting on a concrete bench.

If it does still feel too harsh, there’s exceptional lumbar support, and ample front seat leg room and space. In the cabin, BMW have also kept with the Boeing 747 feels, with buttons strewn over the centre console, dash and steering wheel.

Each has its own separate function depending on the type of drive you’re planning to undertake. Subtle carbon fibre panelling sits throughout the interior, but the main focus is black leather, offering a sophisticated feel.

Once we were in Bathurst, parked behind the pits at Australia’s most famous circuit, it wasn’t long before we attracted attention, with the most popular question about just how much rear seat room there was.

dash
Inside the 2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

As we know, most the rear seat in most coupes is just a glorified parcel shelf, so we stuck two blokes in the back, dropped the top and went for a sight seeing tour around the mountain. Both front seat occupants did have to move forward for our friends to fit.

That said, it actually wasn’t so bad that it was uncomfortable, and getting in and out was easy, with the one touch seat latches sliding the fronts forward automatically. When pushed back, they slide back into their previous position by themselves.

Comfort feedback was surprisingly positive. We’re not saying adults should spend 10 hours in the back seats, but for shorter trips, they’re not going to get out shaped like a pretzel. Fast forward past the race event (which a BMW won), and it was time to head home.

On the plus side, this writer was able to jettison some baggage and our passenger before hitting the road. That meant we could drop the top, crank the 16-speakerr sound system (which delivered crystal clear audio), and simply cruise.

Overall, the 2022 BMW M4 Competition convertible delivers great styling, solid handling, and plenty of fun. It’s not really a track day warrior, but for spirited drives on public roads, it’s just enough to wet the whistle and satisfy your racer’s edge.

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2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible

You can find out more, including further details about its technology and safety offerings, on the BMW Australia website. As always, we recommend shopping around to get a good price, or you can visit PriceMyCar for the best deal.

If you’re keen to own a BMW M4 Competition convertible, and need finance, visit CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by BMW Australia. To find out more about the 2022 BMW M4 Competition convertible, visit your local BMW dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
9
Family friendliness
6
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - styling; engine power; 8-speed Steptronic gearbox; leg room without rear passengers; sound system.
Cons - cornering performance; impact of rear seat passengers; exhaust is quiet through all modes.
Cody Mckay
Cody Mckay
If it has wheels and an engine, Cody has most likely driven it. A mechanic by trade (he owns Radical Mechanical) and a race driver in Aussie Racing Cars, Cody brings his life time of experiences in the motor trade to the Exhaust Notes Australia team.

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2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible (car review)<strong>Pros -</strong> styling; engine power; 8-speed Steptronic gearbox; leg room without rear passengers; sound system.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> cornering performance; impact of rear seat passengers; exhaust is quiet through all modes.