If that’s the case, and you’re in the market for a car such as this, it’s probably the one to have, despite its cost. Yes, it’s a bit floppy, but so are they all; where the M440i really scores is in the breadth of its talent.
It manages to be a smooth, sophisticated boulevard cruiser and an exhilarating sports car all at once. What’s more, it might also be your last chance to buy, brand new, that classic combination: a BMW convertible with a six-cylinder engine.
For that, one can forgive it an awful lot – even that front end.
Telegraph rating: Four stars out of five
On test: BMW M440i Convertible
How much? £59,670 on the road
How fast? 155mph, 0-62mph in 4.9sec
How economical? 40.9mpg (WLTP Combined)
The oily bits: 2,998cc six-cylinder petrol engine with 369bhp, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive
The electric bits: 48-volt mild hybrid system with starter-generator
Electric range: 0 miles
CO2 emissions: 159g/km
VED: £555 first year, £490 next five years, then £155
Warranty: 3 years / unlimited miles
Boot size: 385 litres
Spare wheel as standard: No (not available)
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385bhp, 28.3mpg, £57,315 on the road