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FIRST PICS: BMW 3 Series cabrio

2006-10-24 08:33

Meet the new BMW 3 Series convertible, which will be available in 325i and 335i guises

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer BMW
Model 335i Convertible
Engine 2979 cc Twin turbo
Power 225 kW
Torque 400 Nm
Top Speed 250 km/h
After months of spy shots and "top secret" insider info, we finally bring you the first official photos of the all-new BMW 3 Series convertible.

BMW will launch the 3 Series convertible at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007.

We expect this new drop-top to arrive in South Africa in the middle of next year.

Initially, like the 3 Series coupe, it will be available in 335i guise - there is also a 330i model and smaller engined variants and diesel-powered versions are on the cards too.

Unlike before BMW's new open-top now gets an electronically operated folding hard-top roof. It is also the world's first car to be offered with SunReflective seat cooling leather.

The three-piece electronically-operated retractable hard-top can be stowed or raised in approximately 22 seconds.

Because the roof features a larger rear glass windscreen and side windows, visibility has improved by 38% compared to the outgoing 3 Series convertible.

According to BMW the unique way in which the roof folds also maximises available boot space. With the roof up 350 litres of storage capacity beckons while with the roof down, the boot can still accommodate up to 210 litres of luggage.

The rear seat backrests of a 3 Series convertible can also be folded flat to provide additional storage space.

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