BMW is throwing the automotive world for a loop in the coming years as a few of their models will be getting name changes to make room for a denser lineup. We already know the future 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will be sold as a 4-Series and now the future generation 1-Series Coupe and Convertible will also be getting a name change: They will adopt the 2-Series nomenclature. The future 2-Series Coupe has already been rendered so it was high time for us to get the 2-Series Convertible a little attention.
The BMW 2-Series Convertible will arrive a few months after its coupe brother and will be sportier than the current 1-Series. Under the hood, there will only be four-cylinder engines with the American market only receiving a 2.0 liter version with 240 horsepower. The engine will be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. An xDrive system will also be offered to make the car even more fuel efficient.
Updated 11/18/2013: Now that we have seen the official details on the 2 Series Coupe we created a new rendering for the upcoming convertible version.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2-Series Convertible.
Now that we have seen the 2 Series Coupe version, is not very difficult to imagine how the convertible will look like. All we had to do was to remove the roof and we got a very cool 2 Series Convertible.
The exterior will be defined by the same design elements as the coupe version: a standard BMW kidney grille with a three-dimensional design featuring vertical bars. The headlights offer standard accent strip or an optional LED accent light and will feature the same modified contour we’ve seen on the coupe.
At the rear the taillights will come with the usual BMW L-shape and a special rear apron with an additional diffuser element.
The convertible model will get an electronically-controlled top that can be opened and closed in just a mater of seconds.
The interior will also be carried from the coupe. We will see the same driver-focused design of the cockpit, cloth seating offered as standard, or trimmed in Dakota leather, a standard matte Satin Silver trimming, or optional brushed aluminum trim or Fineline Stream wood.
On the U.S. market customers will only get the 228i Convertible version. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, and peak torque of 258 pound-feet delivered between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed manual.
We expect the performance figures to be identical to the coupe: 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
The fact that Audi is already developing a new generation Audi TT should be no surprise to anyone considering the amount of new sports cars we have seen. But, until the new generation TT will arrive on the market, the 2 Series Convertible will syill have to face the current model.
It is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The only problem is that the TT Roadster is priced from $42,900 - while the upcoming 2 Series Convertible is expected to be priced from about $35k.
gallery: Audi TT
Another cool sports roadster is the 370Z coming from Nissan. The model is powered by a 3.7 liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph - so it is a little bit faster than the upcoming 2 Series Convertible.
Just like the Audi TT Roadster, the 370Z Roadster is priced from a little under $42k.
gallery: Nissan 370Z
From the first details we have on it, it looks like the upcoming 2 Series Convertible will be one of the most affordable sports roadsters on the market, so this will surely help BMW to significantly boost its sales.
Powerful four-cylinder engine
Looks pretty cool
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