The new BMW M4 is out in the open now, and it’s clear that its grille is here to stay. Recently, a convertible version of the M4 has been spied around the Nürburgring Nordschleife bearing the same polarising front fascia.

As we’ve already seen the M4 Coupe and 4 Series Convertible, it doesn’t take a genius to predict what the open-top variant will look like. Don’t let its high-visibility jacket fool you, because the profiles will likely be very similar.

Gallery: BMW M4 Convertible Spy Shots

Although convertible performance vehicles have always received criticism for never being quite as good as the hardtop, things are still looking good here – BMW hasn’t just sliced the roof off and left it there. Under the bonnet, it looks like the open-air machine will likely share the same motor as the Coupe, meaning power will come from a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six with 473 bhp (353 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-metres) on offer. 

The Competition version will give you an extra 30 bhp (22 kW) and 73 lb-ft (98 Nm) of torque which will be sent to all four wheels thanks to BMW’s clever xDrive system. For those who want to push their Bimmer closer to the limit, the all-wheel-drive system can shut off the front-wheels and send all of the power to the rear. However, purists will likely want the non-Competition vehicle as it is the only way to get a six-speed manual transmission.

While the performance numbers look good, things are a bit different in the finance department. As the M4 Coupe Competition version in the UK will cost you £76,055, the open-top versions will likely set you back a bit more.