Spring is in the air -- the perfect season for BMW to launch the successor to its 1-Series convertible. The 2-Series convertible is just over 7 centimeters longer than its predecessor. But it's retained the brand's typical proportions with little overhang, a long hood, long wheelbase and broad toe.
Since its introduction in 2008, 130,000 units of the 1-Series compact convertible have been sold. The 2-Series convertible is flatter and longer than the 1-Series three and five-door models,
Roll-bars are hidden inside the headrests in back.
And a new construction material has gone into the car's retractable roof.
Paloma Schmidt-Bräkling, BMW
Paloma says BMW was able to reduce ambient noise by 5 to 7 decibels by adding insulation. The soft-top can be opened and closed in just 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 kilometers an hour.
So you don't have to pull over just to put the top up or down -- a nice feature. It means you can react almost instantly to sudden changes in weather. With the top down, the new model also has 20 more liters of volume in the trunk than its predecessor. For more cargo space, owners can lower the rear seats.
Our test car was fitted with the brand's 'Sport Line' interior. It includes accents like red seats, red seams on the steering wheel and red highlights on the door panels.
Customers can also choose from the 'Advantage, 'Luxury Line' or 'M Sport' packages.
Our car sported the model's second most powerful gasoline engine: the 228i, an inline 4-cylinder engine that packs 180 kilowatts. The automatic transmission ease it up to 100 kilometers an hour in 6 seconds, and top speeds of 250.
The new 2-Series convertible has already gone on sale in German dealerships. Now the weather just has to play along.