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The New BMW 2 Series Cabriolet

M235i and 228i xDrive variants debut early 2015.

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Richmond Hill, ON. Few new cars have been more anticipated than the BMW 2 Series Coupé when it arrived in early 2014. Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed BMW 228i xDrive and M235i Coupé , BMW announces the new BMW 2 Series Cabriolet. The 2015 M235i and the 228i xDrive, featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, will arrive in Canadian showrooms in late February 2015. The 2015 BMW 228i xDrive Cabriolet and M235i Cabriolet will debut with, respectively, MSRPs of $45,200 and $51,900.

The BMW 2 Series Cabriolet follows in the tire tracks of the pioneer and undisputed leader in its class - the BMW 1 Series Cabriolet. The 1 Series Cabriolet entered the fray as the first open-top premium model in the sub-compact segment, went on to defend its position as clear market leader against subsequent pretenders to its throne, and achieved sales figures in excess of 130,000 units worldwide. The development team for the new BMW 2 Series Cabriolet has focused squarely on building on the strengths which proved pivotal to this success. With even more grace, athleticism and sharpness about its design, clear advances in terms of performance as well as efficiency, and improvements in the driving comfort, functionality and innovative equipment features it offers, the BMW 2 Series Cabriolet takes the qualities displayed by its predecessor to a new level.

The number 2 has a special importance in the model history of BMW and, since the arrival of the BMW 02 range more than 45 years ago, has represented exceptionally sporting driving pleasure in a subcompact car. Introduced in 1966, the 02 series went on to become a byword around the world for sporty, agile handling – and from 1967 these gifts could also be enjoyed with the roof down. Specialist coachbuilder Baur wasted little time in developing a pair of soft-top variants based on the BMW 02 range which were produced until 1975.

BMW 228i xDrive Cabriolet: Power for typical driving enjoyment with efficiency.
Aided by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, the four-cylinder engine of the BMW 228i xDrive Cabriolet generates maximum power of 241hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm from a displacement of 2.0 litres. Its peak torque of 258 lb-ft can be harnessed all the way from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm for sporty power and performance. Mated to an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, the 228i xDrive Cabriolet will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, while delivering fuel economy ratings of 7.2 L/100 km Highway and 10.6 L/100 km/ City.

The optional quick-shifting 8-speed sport transmission adds steering wheel shift-paddles which allow the driver to intervene manually when desired, while a Launch Control function provides the best possible traction and dynamics when accelerating from standstill.

Driving Experience Control switch fitted as standard; ECO PRO mode with coasting function and Route-ahead Assistant.
The standard Driving Experience Control switch allows drivers to choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ driving modes.

ECO PRO mode supports relaxed, fuel-efficient driving with features such as a coasting function. This function decouples the engine from the rest of the drivetrain when the accelerator is released at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h. Vehicles with the Navigation system also include a Route-ahead Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of features such as corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits. Standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, Optimum Gearshift Indicator (manual transmission) and the Auto Start Stop function, which is included with either a manual or an automatic transmission.

The BMW M235i Cabriolet: The first open-top M Performance Automobile
Following the BMW M235i Coupé , the M235i Cabriolet becomes the first open-top M Performance Automobile, offering the characteristic M brand of exhilarating driving enjoyment. Like the Coupé , it features a higher-output M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline six, mated to either an 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Aerodynamically optimized body features and custom chassis components are matched with typical M precision to the engine performance characteristics, ensuring a perfect blend of outstanding agility and precise handle.

The BMW M235i Cabriolet amps up the passion and adrenaline of dynamic open-top driving to new heights. Like its BMW M235i Coupé stablemate, the open four-seater also has a distinctive and authentic character rooted in the experience of BMW M GmbH as a developer of high-performance sports cars for general everyday use. Drawing on this exclusive know-how, the BMW M235i Cabriolet provides the perfect balance of engine power, chassis engineering and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver levels of agility, precision and emotional intensity that are unsurpassed in the premium compact segment.

Inline-six engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology.
The M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline-six in the M235i Cabriolet offers an infectious blend of responsive power, high revving ability and powerful torque that remains constant over a wide engine speed range. Highlights also include its highly efficient design, which gives the BMW M235i Cabriolet fuel economy figures that are all the more remarkable in the light of its performance: 8.1 L/100 km Highway/11.8 L/100 km City equipped with the 8-speed automatic transmission and 9.0 L/100 km Highway/   12.3 City with the 6-speed manual transmission.

The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection featuring centrally positioned multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift regulation and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. A cooling system, engine management and engine sound tuning, all of which have been exclusively customized to the requirements of the BMW 2 Series M Performance models, complete the picture. Maximum power of 322 hp is generated between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 liters. The maximum torque of 332 lb-ft is available between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm.

The six-speed manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication offers short-throw action andprovides extra-sporty shifting – 100 km/h is reached from a standstill in 5.2 seconds. With the optional eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission with Launch Control function, the BMW M235i Cabriolet accelerates from 0-100 km in 5.0 seconds

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