Otherwise, this convertible is very much the same as the 2 Series coupe we’ve come to know and love. It comes in similar flavors: four-cylinder 228i or six-cylinder M235i with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. (All-wheel drive won’t be available with the six until summer.) The M235i convertible also can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, something that isn’t offered on any 4 Series convertible.
The electrically powered top will deploy or retract in 20 seconds, and its lines don’t disturb the look of the bodywork whether the top is up or down, although we still find the 2 Series looks a bit too tall and stubby, like the 1 Series it replaces. It’s a bit longer and wider than its predecessor, but sitting next to a 2015 BMW X6 M, it looks almost delicate.
Roads in this part of Austin are far too straight for our liking, but we’re still able to appreciate that ineffable BMW feel that must have seemed so amazing decades ago. The 2 Series convertible feels solid, utterly undisturbed by the loss of its upper structure. The electrically assisted steering offers natural weight and decent feedback. And, of course, the sun is shining and the wind is in our hair.
Wind is also in our ears, and the clumsy rear windscreen is difficult to erect from inside the car. Easier to press a button and raise the nicely insulated top, which can be done at speeds up to 30 mph.
2015 BMW 228i Convertible Specifications
|Engines:||2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4, 240 hp @ 5,000-6,500 rpm, 255 lb-ft @ 1,450-4,800 rpm|
|Layout:||2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD or AWD convertible|
|EPA Mileage:||23/34 mpg (city/highway)|
|Suspension F/R:||Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs|
|L x W x H:||174.7 in x 69.8 x 55.6|
|Trunk space:||13.8 (top raised)|
|0-60 mph:||5.7 seconds|
|Top speed:||130/155 (optional) mph|