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2008 BMW 1-series Convertible

The convertible isn’t as good as the it’s close.

The new BMW 1-series is really good. but one of the knocks on car has been its heavy weight for its a fact which left the convertible’s prospects somewhat in After all, a retractable necessarily adds beef, due to top mechanisms and extra structural Could the 1-series droptop its hefty handicap and still the coupe’s stellar dynamics through?

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We sampled the Euro-market 125i without sport suspension, is essentially the same car as the U.S.-market 128i, albeit with 15 horsepower and a raft of fuel-efficiency gizmos that won’t their way to the U.S. BMW unfortunately afford us the chance to slide the wheel of a 135i convertible, it says we’ll be able to do in But based on our time with the much of the overall capability of the remains in the droptop.

On the menu: impeccable ride unshakable stiffness with a faint whiff of cowl and claw-the-road handling thanks to a derived from the perennial 3-series. Turn-in isn’t thanks to the hyper-accurate, linear, and steering; you won’t find correcting your line often. Abrupt throttle can get the out, but the car isn’t tuned for

There’s slight push on entryexacerbated, as in the coupe, with speedsbut the dominant characteristic is

There were only two in terms of behind-the-wheel experience. was a lack of steering feel . likely had everything to do with the electric assist, fitted it’s marginally more than a hydraulic setup. the electric boost will on our 128i coupes and convertibles the cars go on sale here in March or early April, both 135i models get the more communicative hydraulic

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The 125i we drove was powered by a version of BMW’s so-sweet-it-hurts inline-sixremember the ’06 325i? but the will receive a welcome to 230 horses. Both engines essentially the same amount of 200 pound-feet for the 128i and 199 for the 125i. The increase is good news not because we always welcome ponieshere comes that letdownbut because this is heavy.

We’re talking as-heavy-as-a-335i-coupe BMW claims 3571 pounds for the ragtop with a six-speed while a 335i automatic we tested weighed in at 3584.

Using BMW’s figures, the convertible weighs roughly 250 more than the coupe and 220 pounds less than a convertible. Still, the car is pretty taking an estimated 6.4 seconds for the run equipped with the fluid manual. Taking BMW’s conservative figures into we’ll bet we can beat that by a few

It’s true that the 3-series architecture takes a toll at the scales, but that’s not to say the convertible isn’t planted and because it is. It’s not chuckable, and you can’t help but think if BMW engineers were somehow to pull a few pounds out here and that we’d perhaps be to use adjectives like nimble and . At least there’s the claimed weight distribution, plus the that the 135i will BMW’s 300-horsepower twin-turbo which should mitigate the quite nicely.

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