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While rivals stick to classic rag-tops, BMW continues to offer its mid-sized 2+2 with a retractable tin-top

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The BMW 3-series Convertible once stood out in its class with a retractable hard-top amid rivals using traditional canvas-folding roofs like in the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E-class open-toppers. 

Resorting to such a roof mechanism in the 3-series has allowed buyers to enjoy the thrills of wind-in-your-face driving or the merits of coupe-like refinement when it starts to get too hot or cold.

That's why the succeeding model, the 4-series Convertible as driven here for the first time, has maintained the folding tin-top to once again remain distinctive in its class (the Lexus IS-C isn't made anymore and the Volvo C70 is about to hit the coffin).

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