Sparkling Graphic Metallic Paint ($475); Coral Red Boston Leather ($1,450); Sport Package ($1,000 -- includes 18-inch wheels with performance tires, sport seats, M steering wheel, Shadowline trim); Comfort Access System ($500); iPod/USB Adapter ($400); BMW Assist ($750).
Turbo 3.0L inline-6
2,973cc (181.3 cu-in)
24 valves, double-overhead cam
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
300 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
300 @ 1,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.055, II = 2.396, III = 1.582, IV = 1.192, V = 1, VI = 0.872, R = 3.677, Final Drive = 3.077
4,700-5,000 rpm launch speed. Best technique: Clutch out fast (no slip). Very little wheel spin required. Very easy to launch.
Solid, consistent pedal feel. Immediate effectiveness. The same brake performance we've come to expect from BMW.
Skid pad: Different balance left to right. CCW feels more adjustable. CW is heavy understeer. Overall, good grip. Slalom: Not as stiff or as well damped or as easy to control at limit as 1 Series coupe -- all to be expected from convertible. Still, quite well-mannered despite compromise to structure and weight.