BMW 3 Series Convertible (2007–2012)

Model History

March 2007

Four-cylinder 320i Convertible will also soon be available to order alongside six-cylinder 330i and 330d Convertible models. Prices for the range start at £30,630 OTR for a 320i SE Convertible rising to £40,250 OTR for a 335i M Sport Convertible.

The new BMW 320d Convertible announced 31-1-2008. SE or M Sport guises, and uses same 1,995 cc engine from other 320d models in the 3 Series range to offer 177hp and 350Nm of torque. 0-60 in 8.3 seconds, top speed 139mph. EfficientDynamics plays a part in the cars performance with stop-start technology on manual cars, a second-generation common-rail injection engine, and a Diesel Particulate Filter fitted as standard. These deliver 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 140g/km. The 320d SE Convertible is priced at £33,110 OTR with the M Sport model priced at £35,735 OTR. Both models on sale from March 2008.

March 2007

Available from March 2007 as 325i and 335i, but followed closely by smaller engined variants and diesel-powered models, First electronically operated 3-piece folding hard-top roof offered by BMW, and worlds first car to be offered with SunReflective seat cooling leather.

BMW 325i Convertible £33,030, 218bhp, 270Nm, 0-60 7.3, top spped 152, 35.8mpg combined.

BMW 335i Convertible £37,895, 306bhp, 400Nm, 0-60 5.5, top speed 155 (limted), 28.5mpg combined.

Roof stows or raises in 22 seconds. Has large rear glass windscreen and side windows improving visibility by 38 per cent compared to the outgoing E46 3 Series Convertible. Unique way in which the roof folds also maximises boot space. With the roof up has 350 litres of storage capacity. With the roof down, up to 210 litres of luggage. Rear seat backrests can also be folded flat to provide additional storage space. For added practicality, a stowed roof can be electronically raised out of the boot area to allow for longer items such as golf clubs to be secured before being folded away again.

Both 325i Convertible and the 335i Convertible come as standard with six-speed manual gearbox. Six-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles first shown on the 3 Series Coupé can also be specified.

Future powerplants to be offered:
320i Convertible with all-new 170hp four-cylinder engine will accelerate from zero to 60mph in 8.8 seconds before going on to a top speed of 136mph, yet still manages 42.2mpg on the combined cycle.

330i Convertible is the worlds lightest production six-cylinder engine and is also one of the highest performing. The 2,996cc 272hp. 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds and electronically limited to 155mph. 34.9mpg combined.

231hp 330d Convertible is also offered. With 500Nm peak torque the second-generation common rail engined 330d Convertible offers 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds and top speed of 152mph. 40.9mpg combined.

Debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 7 January, 2007. On sale in the UK in March, 2007.

July 2008

Seven-speed double clutch transmission slots into 3 Series. The BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible are now available with a seven-speed double clutch transmission for enhanced performance and economy. The new gearbox, which applies similar technology to that used in an M3 equipped with M DCT, is now offered on the 335i Coupé and Convertible models. It improves performance and economy by splitting the gearbox into the two assemblies, each with their own clutch. This way as the revs build or decrease in the current gear another one is already selected. A near seamless transition in gears and power is thus achieved benefitting both acceleration and consumption. The DCT gearbox is offered as a £1,640 option.

News of the new gearbox comes as the new six-cylinder 2,993cc diesel engine announced for the new 3 Series Saloon and Touring models is offered in the Coupé range. Now the BMW 330d Coupé is powered by a 245hp powerplant, 14hp more than the previous engine, and 520Nm of torque, 20Nm more than before. The upgrade in performance means the 330d Coupé achieves zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds compared to 6.6 seconds previously, while also being capable of 49.6mpg on the combined cycle (vs 46.3mpg) and emissions of 152g/km (vs 160g/km).

From January 2009 BMW 330d Convertible has a 2,993cc engine that produces 245hp, up from 231hp. Torque has also improved from 500Nm to 520Nm at 1,750rpm. Combined consumption of 46.3mpg as opposed to 43.5mpg, while emissions have dropped from 170g/km to 162g/km. This now places a manual transmission-equipped car into the lower Band D Vehicle Excise Duty bracket and sees it meet the new stringent EU5 emissions target. The BMW 330d Convertible is priced from £37,610 OTR.

July 2011

The new BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible Sport Plus Editions. A new special edition offering enhanced standard equipment, alloy wheels and unique upholstery will be available on the BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible. Building on the existing M Sport trim level, this new edition features a package of styling and functional enhancements designed to highlight the dynamic qualities of the BMW 3 Series.

All models gain 19-inch double-spoke light alloy wheels, along with a new rear bumper with integrated body-coloured diffuser and Jet Black mirror casings. The Coupé also receives the rear lip spoiler, previously only available on the M3 Coupé.

Inside, the standard Sport seats in Black Dakota leather now feature M-piping and Royal Blue stitching, other leather colours remain available, matching the edging on the floor mats, whilst aluminium ‘Edition’ door sills distinguish these models from their regular M Sport counterparts.

BMW Business Advanced navigation, Bluetooth and USB audio interface are also included as standard, providing access to BMW ConnectedDrive, free-of-charge for three years. The BMW 3 Series Sport Plus Editions are priced at £1000 more than the standard 3 Series Coupé and Convertible M Sport models.

For an additional £750, an optional upgrade package is also available for the new Sport Plus Edition models, featuring an upgrade to BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation and an upgraded Harman Kardon speaker system.

BMW’s ConnectedDrive system has been enhanced for 2011 for even more intelligent networking between the driver and the outside world.

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) is a superior system for warning drivers of hold-ups and calculating alternative routes to help avoid them. It is far quicker and more efficient than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used, transmitting data faster, and updating more frequently, via the SIM card integrated in the vehicle.

Courtesy of BMW Live, the driver’s mobile phone can serve as a modem to feed information to the car’s Control Display via Bluetooth. The system offers free RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, Google Panoramic and Street View. The RSS news feeds are read inside the car via BMW’s Text to Speech function. The facility will be available on the new BMW 1 Series in September, before being rolled out to other models.

The same camera system can also provide the driver more information through the new full-colour Head-up Display or the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning system can detect lane markings and sends a mild vibration through the steering wheel should the vehicle deviate from its lane without indicating. The Speed Limit Display reads both permanent and temporary speed limit signs and displays the current maximum permissible speed limit to the driver.

What does a BMW 3 Series Convertible (2007 – 2012) cost?

List Price from £30,915
Buy new from £26,694
Contract hire from £305.52 per month