BMW moved away from their past naming scheme which confused quite a few people. Their 2-Series line of cars includes not only the coupe and convertible but also two different MPVs. Despite that, the coupe and convertible are based on a completely different chassis. The rear wheel drive platform is the same as that of the older 1-Series so it includes quite a few performance oriented traits. Not that long ago they updated the BMW 2-Series convertible and its coupe counterpart. Unfortunately the update doesn’t include that many changes over its predecessor which is a bit of a shame. Why? Well, the car has been released back in 2013 and most of its rivals managed to dethrone the 2-Series when it comes to driving dynamics.
The update brings a few differences on the exterior as well as a slightly revised interior. One of the main selling points of the 2-Series will remain its low acquisition price when compared to its larger siblings.
On top of that it remains one of the only entry level BMWs to still offer rear wheel drive. In the near future it seems the Convertible version of the car may receive a high performance model. Up to this point this has only been available on the coupe. The price is unlikely to change much from that of the ongoing model.
We were surprised by the newly released BMW 2-Series convertible because it is mostly the same as before. The only change from the previous car is the available set of colors. With this new model BMW is offering 4 new color schemes which take it a steep closer to the larger 4 Series.
Some also reported that in the near future we may also see an M2 Convertible. It seems this would receive the same body kit as the coupe, the same wheels but a different rear end design. This would allow the car to look better with the top off which has been a major issue with the ongoing model.
Despite its size, the 2-Series convertible still offers 4 seats which is highly impressive. Both the front and rear passengers get cup-holders, USB charging ports and HVAC vents. These are otherwise unavailable on most of its rivals. The update doesn’t bring much in terms of features.
The new convertible still offers roughly the same trim levels as before. The base infotainment system is still sub-par when compared to its rivals. The 6.7 inch screen is a low resolution unit but BMW’s infotainment system makes up for that with a really powerful hardware.
Under the hood
Not surprisingly, nothing changed under the hood of the new BMW 2-Series convertible. The car is still available with a wide set of engines. In Europe the base model gets a 1.5 liter turbo-four offering 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. In the US the 2-Series is available with either a 240 horsepower 2.0 liter inline 4 or with a larger 3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6. The latter can provide up to 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, all sent to the rear wheels in the base models. A four wheel drive system can be had on both versions of the car. In contrast, the European market can get the xDrive system only on the higher end versions. Luckily though in Europe the car can also be had with a set of diesel engines and a 6 speed manual which has been requested for a really long time in the US. The rumored M2 is set to provide north of 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, all send through an automatic gearbox to the rear wheels only.
BMW 2-Series Convertible Specs
|BMW 2-Series Convertible|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||2.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder 16V|
|Power/torque||240 hp, 258 lb-ft|
|Transmission||8-Speed Sport Automatic|
|PRICE RANGE: $34,145
|Competitors:Cadillac ATS Coupe, Porsche Cayman|