BMW has added a new model to its entry-level 1-series range with the introduction of the all-new 1-series cabrio, a stylish convertible that follows in the tradition established by the original BMW 2002 sedan. The new car features a conventional folding softtop, which can go up or down in 22 seconds either stationary or at speeds of up to 25mph. The softtop is available in either black or taupe cloth or a unique ‘Moonlight’ black – a special cloth interwoven with shiny metallic fibers. Other details include the L-shaped rear taillights with LED detailing. The optional adaptive xenon headlights feature integrated cornering lights as well as the trademark angle-eye daytime running lights.

Joining the 1-series coupe in showrooms in the spring of next year will be the 128i Convertible, which will be powered by BMW’s 230hp 3.0L straight-six. The engine features Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum and magnesium construction for its cylinder block. Arriving later in 2008 will be a 135i Convertible, complete with the potent twin-turbo 3.0L engine and all 300hp and 300lb-ft of torque. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooler, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response – peak torque arrives as low as 1,400rpm.

For the 135i Convertible, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in 5.6 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Both cars feature on-demand engine coolant pumps that improve fuel economy and engine efficiency.