Thursday, April 2, 2015


The BMW 228i xDrive Convertible adds another powerful dimension to the 2 Series family. The intelligent all-wheel drive handling of xDrive enhances and agility to maintain control on corners. Regardless of what roadways have in store for the BMW 228i xDrive Convertible, it's always ready to perform.

Somehow BMW manages to conjure grey outside of showrooms, too. Even in usually sunny Austin, they've brought with them a pallid sky as a backdrop for a fleet of silver-on-silver droptop 2-Series convertibles. There's a reason you don't see those photos here: it all blended together, and the cars vampired out on us. Sucks, we know.We took it as a blessing and maybe a clever mind trick by BMW's event-planning Jedi. The anonymity gave us cover to scour Texas' flat planes outside the Circuit of the Americas F1 track in a fleet of 228i convertibles, up to triple-digit speeds, arousing the attention only of a longhorn staring down our leather seats with genealogical curiosity.

What we realized is no matter which BMW passenger car you're driving even this one, which could be damned with faint praise as a German Sebring, as a Playskool-flavored My First BMW there's still a warm mechanical vim, an engineering affluence, that transcends the rental fleet of four-seater convertibles.
Given our druthers its Texas, humor us in some nearby shading -we'd even swap a 3-Arrangement for something as profoundly receptive to the street as the 2-Arrangement. It's nobly estimated, outfitted with the street conduct we used to crow about in the more unbelievable E30 3-Arrangement, and as a convertible, its an unsettle free zone. It's likewise estimated under $40,000 build, something exceedingly rare in light of whatever else wearing this logo.

So, despite being told by our hosts, "Don't drive, as we say, with a knife in your mouth," we went on a quest for the far reach of the tach and speedo. (A knife? Hi, have you been to America? We're not even allowed to run with scissors.) And we attempted to answer some obvious softball questions: Is it as fun to flog as bigger BMWs? Or even a hardtop 2-Series?Aside from the soft top, the 228i is essentially identical to its coupe cousin. It's a pretty car, with the stubby nub of the old 1-Series massaged out with a little extra length in the sideview. It's longer and wider, and that pays off with more interior space, but it's mostly at work giving the 1-Series a more lithe look. The hood lays out the case with classic long-nose, stubby-tail proportions. The convertible top latches into place with a keen slope. A deep stamp in the door panels directs the eye up and out toward the taillamps. The cues we'd leave off the 2-Series plate? The air intakes are big like the ones on the latest BMWs, and bigger as they are than the headlights, they compete for attention with the BMW grille. And no BMW owner wants you to see anything but those twin kidneys when you check your six.Sport Line cars like ours have their own 18-inch wheel designs, snappier than the base wheels, along with other interior trim a cut above base. On uprated M235i convertibles (not at our drive), there's an aero body kit affixed to the ends and sills.

BMW brought a fleet of 228i Convertibles--in grey--and in a configuration that might seem odd, if you fail to read past "base powertrain." The identically equipped cars came with Sport Line trim and the Track Handling Package ($1,600 with the Sport Line kit, $2,200 without it).
Convertible Soft-Top,Power Front Seats with Driver Seat Memory
Concierge Services with Critical Calling Comfort Access Parking Assistant

Entertainment,iDrive 4.2 with Touchpad and 8.8" Display,BMW Apps including M Laptimer
Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, SiriusXM ,Satellite Radio
Performance & Efficiency 2.0 liter, BMW TwinPower Turbo Engine with 240hp Track Handling Package ,8-speed Sport Automatic with Paddle Shifters and Launch Control, xDrive ,Auto Start-Stop

The track package adds 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport non-runflat tires (standard are 17-inchers, and 18s are available), ride height lowered by 10 mm, BMW's Adaptive M Suspension, Sport Steering Rack, and M Sport Brakes. If you assume most of the four-cylinder convertibles BMW sells or leases will go out closer to base form, and the sport add-ons will most likely grok with the six-cylinders, it's a lot of extra cost and content going into the slowest 2-Series possible.

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