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.
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.