Few new cars have been more anticipated than the BMW 2 Series Coupe when it arrived in early 2014. Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed BMW 228i and M235i Coupe, BMW announces the new BMW 2 Series Convertible. Available in the US as the 228i and M235i, the 2 Series Convertible blends the style and dynamic driving character for which the 2 Series Coupe is already renowned with the open-air pleasure of a folding soft-top. It’ll make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show and it’ll make it’s US debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.
Visually, you’ll get exactly what you’d expect from the 2 Series Convertible both inside and out. They look almost identical to their coupe counterparts, except now… it’ll feature an electrically folding soft top. When tucked away, it hides underneath a panel behind the rear seats for a very clean look, but it can pop out or close in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Power plants are also shared with the coupes. That gives the 228i ‘vert a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW claims that it can run to 60 in 5.7 seconds. In addition, there’s a model with xDrive all-wheel drive that’s even quicker at 5.6 seconds to 60. However, the company isn’t revealing fuel economy specs for either version yet.
The M235i Convertible also shares the coupe’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six to make 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with an eight-speed auto, but a six-speed manual is also available for those who want complete control. The droptop can sprint to 60 in 4.8 seconds with the automatic or 5 seconds with the manual but both have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The 2 Series Convertible also marks the debut for BMW’s free, over-the-air updates for the navigation system. Whenever new maps are available, the system sends them to the vehicle’s SIM card. It’s all done automatically, and the navigation continues to work while the upgrade is in progress.
The 2015 M235i and 228i as well as the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible will be offered at an MSRP of $38,850 for the 228i, $40,650 for the 228i xDrive, $48,650 for the M235i. We’ll have a more in-depth review of the 2 series coupe coming soon on the Everyman Driver Youtube Channel and EverymanDriver.com.
Video Below: First Look: 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson
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