Using the platform of the recently released BMW 3 Series Coupe the Bavarian manufacturer will launch its first convertible with a retractable hard-top in fall 2006. The converting system of the new coupe-cabriolet will be produced by German company Edscha and most of the mechanics will be common with the coupe.
The first BMW CC will share most of the design elements with it’s coupe brother. The side line will be a bit different, due to the three components retractable hard-top. For the same reasons the rear window will also be less skewed and closer to the vertical. The wheelbase will be the same as in the coupe, and therefore it will offer enough room for four persons.
The technical platform and the engine range will also be borrowed from the coupe. A new addition will be the 183 cui direct petrol injection engine, that will provide 272 bhp and is also praised to be economical. The new unit will feature braking energy recovery, a start/stop system and electrical power steering, all of this helping reduce fuel consumption. These new systems will also be featured on the rest of the engine range. The top model will be the 335i, with 306 bhp. The base will equip an 152 cui 218 bhp unit.
Scheduled for launch in October, the new BMW 3 Series CC will be available in show-rooms starting from March 2007. In late 2008 a convertible M3 is also scheduled.
Here you can see TopSpeed exclusive computer renderings created by our artist in order to give you an impression of how the production car will look, based on the information we have at this time.