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BMW M235i convertible on sale in Australia from $85,800

June 25, 2015

BMW Australia is proud to introduce the new M235i convertible, also known as the first convertible to be developed by the M Performance sub-brand.

BMW M235i convertible-blue

Following the same performance philosophy as the M235i coupe, the convertible features a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine producing 240kW and 450Nm. It’s matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual (no price change), with rear-wheel drive.

Out on the tarmac the drop-top can cover 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds, which is just 0.2 seconds slower than the lighter weight coupe version (1620kg vs 1470kg [auto]). BMW says acceleration from 80km/h to 120km/h takes 5.6 seconds. Fuel consumption for the auto is rated at 7.9L/100km on the combined cycle (7.6L/100km in the coupe).

Like the coupe, the convertible comes packed with special M Performance components. These include adaptive M suspension with selectable driving modes, variable sport steering, four- and twin-piston M Sport front and rear brakes, and a set of BMW M 18-inch alloy wheels.

The exterior stands out from the regular 2 Series convertible with the standard inclusion of the BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line trim pack, as well as an M aerodynamic kit with neat spoilers front and rear and grey side mirrors.

Inside, it’s a similarly subtle theme. Passengers are treated to sports leather seats, while the driver gets an M leather steering wheel to play with. There’s also a premium sound system including the ‘professional’ grade sat-nav and touch-screen setup, and a fully electric folding soft top roof.

The M235i convertible reminds us of the old E30 3 Series convertibles, showcasing sporty dynamics and a potent six-cylinder engine. Prices start at $85,800 (excluding on-roads), making it $5870 more expensive than the coupe.

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.