With the introduction of the 2-series convertible, BMW"s rear-wheel-drive sầu 1-series is history in the U.S. (The Euro-market hatchback is still available.) But despite the new moniker, the 2-series very much adheres to the formula of its predecessor. Like the 1-series, it is built atop a chassis closely related khổng lồ that of the 3-series and it is available in this country as both a ragtop convertible and a fixed-roof coupe.
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The 2-series convertible is a bit larger than the 1-series droptop, being about 3.5 inches longer & a full inch wider. Yes, this translates into a higher curb weight, but also more room for the driver and passenger. Cargo room is increased as well, as is the kích cỡ of the hole through which you load stuff. And this smallest BMW convertible is still compact, và it should prove easily maneuverable in crowded cities such as Thành Phố New York & San Francisteo. While the 4-series convertible has adopted the attitude of a stately cruiser, this 2-series looks to lớn have sầu its predecessor"s more playful personality.
BMW carried over one the best features of the 1-series: The fabric top, which makes so much more sense than a clumsy-looking, heavy, and complex folding hardtop as seen on the 4-series. A softtop takes up far less room when folded và it gives more traditional visuals when raised. BMW says the interior is quieter with the roof raised thanks to lớn additional insulating layers, và it can fully actuate in both directions in trăng tròn seconds & at speeds of up khổng lồ 30 mph. It’s available in blaông xã, gray with metallic fibers, or brown with metallic fibers. If you’ve sầu spec’d the proximity entry & ignition option, you can use the fob khổng lồ stow or unfurl the lid, too.
The 2-series convertible comes with a choice of two longitudinally mounted engines familiar lớn anyone who’s studied the coupe’s spec sheet: A 240-hp, 255-lb-ft 2.0-liter Ntrăng tròn turbocharged four, và a 3.0-liter turbocharged N55 inline-six good for 3đôi mươi horsepower & 330 lb-ft. Fitted with the lesser engine, the convertible gets 228i badging as well as the option of xDrive sầu all-wheel drive; it charges lớn 60 mph, BMW says, in 5.7 seconds in rear-drive sầu khung or 5.6 with xDrive sầu. An eight-tốc độ automatic is the only available transmission in the 228i.
Should your budget allow, we"d recommend you shoot for the upcấp độ M235i. With its prodigious torque—75 lb-ft more than the 228i, for those disinclined to math—the top-spec convertible is claimed lớn sprint khổng lồ 60 in just 4.8 seconds. (BMW estimates are notoriously conservative sầu versus our real-world demo figures, so it’ll be even quicker than that.) Not only that, but the M235i can be ordered with BMW’s slichồng six-speed manual transmission. There will be no all-wheel-drive version available at launch on this mã sản phẩm, but it will be offered at a later date.
In base trim, the 228i convertible rolls on 17-inch wheels; order the Thể Thao Line or M Thể Thao packs lớn nab 18s. The former package also brings a sport-tuned suspension, interior & exterior cosmetic bits, and sport seats. The M Sport bundle includes a firmer suspension, a 0.4-inch drop in ride height, an aero toàn thân kit, a bunch of M badges inside and out, và quality interior and exterior trlặng. An optional Traông xã Handling package identical to lớn the coupe’s can be ordered, too. The M235i, like its fixed-roof sibling, already is performance-oriented, so its options danh mục is filled with tech & safety gadgets rather than sport-focused stuff.
As in other modern BMWs, a Driving Dynamics Control switch allows the selection of various chassis modes; this includes an Eteo Pro setting that can de-clutch the engine from the driveline when coasting between roughly 30 and 100 mph. The 2-series convertible is also the first BMW lớn offer no-cost (for three years) wireless self-updating of the navigation system via 4G LTE connectivity. BMW says the updates occur several times per year.
As to lớn the additional weight we alluded to earlier in the story, the 2-series convertible is likely lớn carry some two to lớn three hundred additional pounds over an identical coupe. BMW’s effort khổng lồ spread carbon fiber & the lightweight technologies of its i3 và i8 to lớn its more workaday models can’t come soon enough. But we like this car’s spec sheet và its style—the latter marks a definite improvement over the sow-bellied rear-drive 1-series.
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The 2-series convertible will make its real-life debut at this November’s L.A. tự động show và arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2015. The 228i will start at $38,850 and the 228i xDrive sầu at $40,650 (each is $5800 more than the coupes), while the M235i will cost $48,650 ($4600 more). When xDrive is made available on the droptop M235i, it will cost an additional $1800. All models will face off against the Audi A3 and S3 cabriolets, battles—and comparison tests—we look forward lớn.
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