2008 BMW 135i Convertible

We have a dozen beautiful photos (shown below) of the  BMW 135i convertible from the  Detroit Auto Show. The photos are placed just below the press release text.   The 128i convertible and the 135i convertible will be available for sale in the Summer of 2008.  BMW North America has issued official pricing, read press release below:

Those whose definition of pure driving pleasure includes wind in the face and sunshine above now have even more to smile about, as pricing was announced today for the new BMW 1 Series Convertible during its world debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The vehicle, which goes on sale in time for summer, will start at $33,875 for the 128i model and $39,875 for the 135i model. The 1 Series Coupe arrives in dealerships in March.

The 1 Series Convertible and the 1 Series Coupe follow the tradition established by the iconic BMW 2002 sport sedan. The essence of such driving purity – a responsive six-cylinder engine positioned within a rear-drive chassis to provide balanced, sporty dynamics – is at the heart of this compact four-place coupe and convertible.

The 128i Convertible will be powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline six-cylinder engine generating 200 lb-ft of torque. Like its fixed-roof companion, the 128i Convertible will feature Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium cylinder block construction-core elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics.

The 135i Convertible features BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooler, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Convertible, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in 5.4 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Both engines feature on-demand engine coolant pumps that improve fuel economy and reduce parasitic losses for increased efficiency.

Additionally, in a mere 22 seconds-even on the move at speeds up to 25 miles per hour-the occupants within the 1 Series Convertible can go from encapsulated comfort to top-down exhilaration. If conditions dictate, the electro-hydraulically-operated soft-top can be raised within the same 22 seconds, producing a distinctive silhouette enhanced by long frameless doors. The characteristic features of the BMW kidney-shaped grill, front skirt, door sills and rear skirt are identical to those of the 1 Series Coupe.

The folks at BMW keep hammering on about their new 1 Series as the spiritual successor to the company’s iconic 2002 model. You remember that one, don’t you? It was manufactured between 1968 and 1976 and helped put the small Bavarian company on the map here in the United States.

To us, the 1 Series looks more like a second-gen 3-series, which, unlike the 2002, did come as a factory convertible. Well, no matter which model the 1 Series convertible owes its lineage to, it’s Stateside—and we’re happy to report that it’s rather good.

Power comes from either a 230-hp 3.0-liter inline Six for the 128i or the 300-hp twin-turbo version of the same engine for the 135i. And both offer that seductive BMW flavor that so many buyers lust after. The great sound is there, as is the damped control feel, plus Bimmer’s trademark chassis feedback that amps from a subtle signal at low speeds to full intensity as the pace increases.

Despite the petite dimensions of the 1 Series, there’s room for tall drivers and passengers thanks to seat tracks that allow the front seats to encroach well into rear-seat space. Hey, they are only occasional back seats, right? Unless you need to convey rear-seat passengers every day, this is all the BMW you need, and all the doors you could want.

A powered soft-top was chosen because it consumes less valuable luggage space than a retractable hardtop. And, of course, it costs less to produce. The mechanism is said to erect or stash itself in around 22 seconds, at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph. We checked, and, sure enough, it does. BMW claims the trunk is large enough to swallow two golf bags and can be expanded when the top’s up by folding the storage bin out of the way. A pass-through bag for skies or snowboards is on the options list.

Availability of the 128i model was quite limited at the car’s introduction here, so we drove manual and automatic versions of the 135i instead. And the performance of this model is scintillating. After all, it has the proven twin-turbo silken sledgehammer under the hood.

BMW says the 135i will hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, while the 128i needs 6.1 to do the same job. From experience, we know the company’s estimates are conservative. Appropriately, both our 135is came with some standard high-performance equipment, like six-piston front-brake calipers and a body aero kit. The optional sport package adds 18-in. wheels with low-profile, high-performance tires (up from 17-in. wheels as standard), along with upgraded spring, shock and bar calibrations.

In conjunction with the new aluminum double-pivot front and five-link rear suspension designs, the sport package enables vehicle dynamics on a par with many of the best sports cars. The 135i’s balance is particularly good during transitions from one direction to another. We unraveled some sections of road near Skyline Boulevard outside San Francisco at a pace that would have made a rally navigator nauseous. And not once did the 135i convertible have to call in its dynamic stability control system to save our butts.

The penalty is a fairly firm ride that produces a little shiver over rough ground from the windscreen frame and steering wheel. It’s not enough to annoy, but you do notice the small lateral movements, particularly from the mirror. If it’s a concern, consider deleting the sport package for a softer setup that doesn’t have to use the body shell as a secondary spring. Or, you could simply buy the coupe.

But then you’d miss some special stuff: Sun-protected optional leather upholstery is unique to the ragtop 1 Series cars, as is a specially adapted climate-control system. As usual with BMW, there’s a comprehensive list of optional equipment. And did we mention that the 1 Series convertibles have auto-deploying rollbars that pop up behind the rear seats when the car detects a likely rollover incident? Well, it does. And no, we didn’t test those.

Scribbled on July 11th 2008 in BMW, BMW 135
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