With a torque curve flatter than a 14th Century map of the world, the 500Nm peak output of the second-generation common rail engined 330d Convertible offers smooth and swift motoring. There's even a fitted lugagge kit for that space. A choice of two petrol engines, both with new High-Precision Direct Injection technology, offer the best blend of performance and economy. Other 3-series cars get the extra buttons, too. Two of the rods that guide the front section back over the middle remain in view when the top is closed. For those who prefer the enhanced economy of a diesel engine without wishing to lose any on-road performance the 231hp 330d Convertible is also offered.
The converter occasionally unlocks with a noticeable jolt while rolling to a stop, and accelerating from low speeds, where one expects a bit of rubber-banding from the converter, can instead yield a jerky start, but one would quickly get used to this. The full Terms and Conditions of using this website and database can be found. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. There is a trunk pass-thru, but it's big enough only for golf clubs and skis, and it can be accessed with the seatback up and the center armrest portion removed. Because the roof features a larger rear glass windscreen and side windows, visibility has improved by 38 per cent compared to the outgoing 3 Series Convertible. Despite the fact that the steel roof and its myriad motors and hydraulics weigh 308 pounds, the finished vehicle weighs just 440 pounds more than the coupe. The 325i Convertible with its all-new 218hp six-cylinder engine develops 270Nm of torque.
That's largely because the blowers are small and tucked away down low in the engine compartment. The company's design ethic doesn't include the flying wedges and chin-high beltlines that offer convertible-top designers a convenient place to pile the metal and glass out of sight. The 320i Convertible with its all-new 170hp four-cylinder engine will accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9. Perhaps the best thing about the new convertible is that it exacts no greater penalty on the driving experience than that of carrying two pals with you in the coupe. Sparse legroom will elicit grimaces from rear-seat riders over fivefoot-six, however, so vacationers will likely use the back seat for luggage. They serve only to fill in the lower half of the torque curve, achieving their peak boost of about 12 psi almost instantly, and blowing their bypass valves by 3000 rpm. The 335i's 300-horse twin-turbo intercooled engine may have had a bit of tuning since our first encounter last September; we felt no trace of turbo lag, whine, or whistle this time out.
Weight is up, and those with the biggest engines top the scales at a lardy 1825kg. The new top mechanism consumes very little rear-seat width, so shoulder and elbow room increases by 3. Toward that end, the rear seatback folds down to form a flat carpeted shelf and preserve the seat leather. Future powerplants to be offered Following the introduction of the 325i Convertible and the 335i Convertible, three further engines will be introduced. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.
With so many great ingredients, this 3 Series cab should age well and be remembered as one of the great vintages-even though it comes with a metal cap. The problem is they look awful and the driver misses out on the full drop-top experience because the header rail is so close to their head. During sporty driving, lockup occurs right after launch, and shifts are executed with lightning speed 100 milliseconds, or as quickly as the best F1 shifts. For them only a tin-top will do these days. Both the 325i Convertible and the 335i Convertible come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. Using the wind blocker, heated seats, and climate-control system, the 3 Series convertible delivers quiet, comfortable, topdown motoring in sunny weather at temps as low as 40 degrees. Passengers in the rear benefit from increased shoulder and elbow room, plus an increase in light entering the cabin thanks to the much bigger glass area.
It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 3 litre capacity. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic, translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the automobile-catalog. All registered in England and Wales. For added practicality, a stowed roof can be electronically raised out of the boot area to allow for longer items such as golf clubs to be secured before being folded away again. They're just as firm, too. They're disguised as a couple of rubstrips running the length of the roof, but it's a less clean look than the competition offers.
The secret is its ability to operate with the torque converter locked almost all the time. The car returns an excellent fuel consumption figure of 34. To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc. Stowed or raised in approximately 22 seconds, the new roof has been introduced, not only for added security, but also for better visibility and a greater feeling of space and light for occupants. Quick access to automobile-catalog website - type in a browser: a-c. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 6 speed automatic transmission. Opening and closing the top takes just over 20 seconds and can be done from outside the car with the Comfort Access key fob.
So how does it drive? Opened up, the roof stores neatly behind a flat panel. Jam the throttle down, and the optimum gear is selected immediately, without engaging intermediate gears. But you can fold the rear seats down, 911-style, to carry big loads without damaging the upholstery. What follows is both quick 22sec and quiet very. The steering is every bit as direct and telepathic, allowing an unfamiliar driver to acclimate right away and explore intuitively the limits of its adhesion.