There’s nothing better than looking up when it comes to driving. We have selected the best places in the UK with views – the perfect match to BMW’s latest drop-top
It seems impossible to improve on perfection, but BMW’s M Division has done it time and again over its nearly 50-year history.
The BMW M4 Competition Convertible is the latest addition to a long line of BMW M performance cars.
The BMW M4 Competition, in its standard form, is a performance coupe that features eye-catching styling, a racebred 3.0-litre straight-6 TwinPower Turbo engine with 510hp turbocharged 510hp, a chassis tuned for speed, and an M xDrive system. This system delivers either traditional BMW rear-wheel drive or confidence-inspiring all wheel traction to match your mood and the road.
How can you make it even better? Simply add miles upon miles of open skies. The soft-top roof of the new BMW M4 Competition Convertible is 40% lighter than the predecessor’s retractable hardtop. Additionally, the electric drive mechanism makes it possible to open and close the soft-top on the go at speeds up to 31 MPH. Amazingly, it takes only 18 seconds.
BMW has created the perfect driver’s car by turning the BMW M4 Competition soft-top. This combines the best of both top-down atmosphere and the drivers’ car. To celebrate the arrival of the BMW M4 Competition, we have compiled a list of the UK’s most beautiful roads and destinations, which are ideal for open-top trips this summer.
Stargazing in Kielder Forest
Kielder Forest is a dense and large woodland area located in England, near the Scottish border. It’s a sparsely populated area with little light pollution and offers unparalleled views of night skies.
Activate BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s M xDrive all wheel drive mode. Then, head up the loose gravel road towards the modern angular lines at the timber-clad Kielder Observatory. Enjoy expert-led stargazing sessions at the observatory. Then, take in the expansive views of the night sky by removing the soft-top roof from the BMW M4 Competition Convertible. The 16-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi system offers a soothing soundtrack that will enhance your view of the sky.
You can enjoy the stunning roads around the Forest, such as the B6357, which skirts Kielder Water, Europe’s largest man-made lake. You can choose from the M driving modes. The BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s high-torsional stiffness, precise MServotronic steering, adaptive suspension, and adaptive suspension will allow you to grip every inch of the sweeping asphalt.
You can weave your way through Canary Wharf’s urban jungle.
Fun behind the wheel is not always possible on the open roads and wide spaces of the UK’s forests, moorlands and national parks. Low-speed cruising is made easy by the BMW M4 Competition Convertible, which also features creature comforts and tech.
For one of the most impressive urban skylines in the UK, make your way to central London via the A1261. You can drop the BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s top as you travel towards Poplar Marina. As you look up, be awed by the world-famous buildings One Canada Square (Newfoundland) and Citigroup Centre, which rise vertiginously towards heaven.
You can also admire the sleek lines of your car through the seemingly endless steel and glass mirrors around you. And you can revel in the neon-like glow from the BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s digital instruments, ambient LED interior lighting, and enjoy the bright, luminous glow of its BMW M4 Competition Convertible.
BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s precise speed-sensitive MServotronic steering makes maneuvering through tight urban streets easy. The adaptive M suspension can also be adjusted by drivers for maximum comfort on bumpy streets.
You might like to take a trip up to Crossrail Place Roof Garden, one of Canary Wharf’s most spectacular rooftop views. Park Distance Control and Reversing Assistant in the BMW M4 Competition Convertible make parking in tight urban spaces easy. The optional Parking Assistant Plus includes Surround View and Remote 3D view for a complete 360.
Cheddar Gorge: A journey through history
One of Britain’s most iconic canyon passes is the B3135, Somerset. Also known as Cliff Road. It winds its way through the limestone cliffs and gorges of Cheddar Gorge in the south of England, offering one of the most breathtaking driving backdrops.
Cheddar Gorge has a maze of tunnels, caves, and coves. The perfect spot to enjoy the straight-six orchestra of the BMW M4 Competition Convertible, which echoes off the cliff faces. M Sound Control allows you to select the tone and timbre of the dual-branch exhaust. This can be a quiet rumble or a loud roar.
Although this is not a fast road, the BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s optional M Carbon seat are just as supportive on-track as they are cruising. The optional Comfort pack adds more creature comforts to make everyday driving enjoyable.
The Isle of Skye is limitless.
The Isle of Skye boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland and is loved by drivers.
Invergarry’s A87 is one of Britain’s most popular driving routes. It culminates in the breathtaking Skye Bridge, which crosses Loch Alsh. The A87 winds its way along the length of The Isle of Skye, passing through dense forests and passing picturesque lochs, as well as under the majestic cliffs of The Storr.
Skye’s sweeping roads make the ideal home for the BMW M4 Competition Convertible with its highly-adjustable M xDrive transmission. You can choose to use two-wheel drive mode to enjoy BMW’s classic rear-wheel drive character. Or, you can leave the car in all-wheel mode for extra confidence and unrivalled grip as your journey winds across the Isle.
The BMW M4 Competition Convertible’s 479lb-ft of torque provides plenty of mid-range power, while the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission delivers quick and precise gear changes.
Enjoy the large screen at a Cornwall coastal drive-in cinema
In recent years, open-air and drive in cinemas have seen a revival and are almost perfect for convertibles.
Wavelength’s pop-up drive-in cinema is located at Watergate Bay, Cornwall. It offers stunning views of Cornwall’s coast. This view is enhanced by the fact that you can enjoy an unobstructed open-top view of classic films on the big screen. Wavelength cinema, located just north of Newquay’s world-famous surfing town, is the ideal place to relax and enjoy your favorite flicks.
Wavelength Cinema’s Bluetooth audio transmitters can be connected to your smartphone and you can enjoy movie-quality sound through the Harman Kardon HiFi 16-speaker system. The innovative Air Collar system circulates warm air around your neck while you watch, laugh, or scare the films.
You can navigate your way to the Portland Bill lighthouse at night.
The final choice for the UK’s top open-air driving destination is especially illuminating. The Portland Bill lighthouse was first to shine its light onto the English Channel in 1906. It is now a landmark of the Dorset landscape, first guiding sailors around the coast and now attracting thousands of tourists every year to the Isle of Portland.
You can enter your destination in BMW Maps navigation with Personal Assistant voice command and your journey to Portland Bill Lighthouse will be clearly displayed via the 10.25inch touchscreen or optional Head-Up display. This allows you to easily admire the scale of Chesil Beach while crossing from Weymouth to Portland.
The optional BMW Laserlight on the BMW M4 Competition Convertible will allow you to take a nighttime trip to the lighthouse.
The BMW M4 Competition Convertible is the best drop-top performance car for enjoying the open expanses of the night sky, the stunning natural landscapes above you, a cruise through futuristic urban landscapes, or the thrill and excitement of the big screen.