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BMW 2 Series Convertible had its international media launch last week in Austin, Texas, where we had the unique opportunity to test it on the beautiful back roads surrounding Austin.
The exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Convertible displays the typical characteristics of an open-top four-seater from the Bavarian brand. The BMW 2 Series Convertible combines a low-slung silhouette and dynamically stretched lines with compact proportions and powerfully contoured surfaces.
The new 2 Series Convertible replaces the departed 1 Series Convertible. As with its 2 Series coupe brother introduced a year ago, the 2 Series Convertible grows by 3.5 inches in length and 1 inch in width.
It will be available in the United States as a BMW 228i and M235i. An xDrive version of the BMW M235i will be available also in 2015.
The 228i Convertible is powered by the N20 four-cylinder that is good for a peak 240 hp between 5000-6500 rpm. The real motivator though is the 228i’s max torque of 255 lb-ft of torque which is available way down low at 1450 rpm and carries this max figure all the way to 4800 rpm.
The M235i Convertible is powered by the venerable N55 3.0 liter motor that is tuned to put out 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. BMW is offering an eight-speed automatic standard in both the 228i and the M235i. A manual transmission is available but only on the M235i variant.