BMW 3 Series Convertible

Production Cars 24 Oct 2006
BMW 3 Series Convertible

BMW has released the first official images of the new 3 Series Convertible. Among the technical highlights is the electronically operated folding hard-top roof. It will go on sale on spring 2007 with the 325i and 335i versions.


BMW 3 Series convertibleThe fourth generation of BMW’s open-top four-seater will adopt a three-piece electronically-operated retractable hard-top – a first for BMW – that can be operated in 22 seconds and that improves visibility by 38% compared to the outgoing model.

The boot capacity ranges from 210 to 350 liters depending on the position of the roof.

Another innovation is the world’s first Sun-Reflective Technology leather upholstery; thanks to special pigments embedded into the leather help reflect infra-red radiation, treated areas that are exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period can remain up to 20 degrees cooler compared to untreated leather.

BMW 3 Series convertibleThe new BMW 3 Series Convertible will be sold starting from spring 2007 in two versions, 325i and 335i, both powered by direct injection engines with Bi-VANOS variable valve timing system (see table for specifications).

Both the 325i Convertible and the 335i Convertible come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A new six-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles can be choosen as an option.

Following the market launch, three further engines will be introduced: the 320i (170hp four-cylinder engine); the 330i (2,996cc 272hp 6 cylinder unit ) and the 330d (231hp diesel engine).

Model

Price OTR

Power (hp)

Torque   (Nm)

0 – 62mph seconds

Top speed mph

Combined mpg

BMW 325i Convertible

£33,030

218

270

7.6

152

35.8

BMW 335i Convertible

£37,895

306

400

5.8

155 (limited)

28.5

The BMW 3 Series Convertible will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 7 January, 2007.

(Source: BMW)

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