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BMW 2 Series Convertible & M235i Convertible revealed

September 10, 2014

Those interested in a new BMW 1 Series convertible will be happy to see the new 2 Series drop-top has been revealed. This becomes the new 1 Series convertible.

BMW 2 Series Convertible-rear

Based on the new 2 Series, which was announced earlier this year as the model replacement for the 1 Series two-door, the new 2 Series drop-top features all of the sportiness of the coupe with the elegant theme of an open top sports car.

The highlight of it all is the newly developed electric-folding fabric roof with improved insulation for a quieter and more peaceful drive when the roof is up. Lowing the roof can be performed at speeds up to 50km/h in just 20 seconds.

BMW has increased torsional rigidity of the body by 20 per cent compared with the previous model 1 Series convertible, providing a more direct and dynamic driving experience. Boot space has also increased 20 litres to 280 litres, with more interior space for the passengers added in as well.

BMW M235i Convertible

Four model variants will be available at launch, including the 220i and 220d, the 228i, and the range-topping M235i with its 240kW twin-turbo inline six.

Power for the 220i and 228i ranges from 135kW to 180kW, while the 220d produces an impressive 140kW. All are backed by an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Standard features across the board include BMW’s Professional grade infotainment system with iDrive controller and a leather trim, while the M235i comes with various M Sport highlights inside and out, including an optional mechanical limited-slip differential for the more enthusiastic drivers.

BMW Australia is yet to announce official local specifications and prices. Internationally, the new model will be available in Luxury Line, Sport Line, and M Sport trims, with each providing a slightly different set of features and trimming themes. It goes on sale in February next year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.