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A Top-Down Upgrade

May 02, 2014 03:05PM ● Published by 16560

May 2014

2014 BMW 435i Convertible

After nearly three decades of dominance, BMW has raised the roof on a new era of convertibles. Having hit dealers in the first quarter, the new BMW 435i picks up where its predecessor, the 335i, left off. Redesigned from virtually every angle, BMW’s latest is larger, wider, lower to the road and, thanks to an improved roof design, brings a new level of coupe comfort to the top-down set.

Unmistakable family ties bind with the 435i’s striking front end, which hosts the well-known double-kidney grille, four round headlights and a large air intake in the front apron. New elements include the convertible’s muscular wheel arches and wide track, which show off an aggressive stance and prominent horizontal lines. With the flowing lines of its redesigned silhouette, set-back cockpit and low ground clearance, the vehicle is a head-turner.

As the high water mark for the 4 Series, the 435i’s multi award-winning TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine is a cut above that of its little brother, the 428i. Both feature a standard 8-speed sport automatic transmission, but the more powerful 435i features rear-wheel drive that helps makes the most of its 300 horses.

Fraught with luxury features typical of any high-end convertible, the 435i does have a sensible side. Thanks to the car’s lightweight construction, aerodynamic features and its gas-sipping ECO PRO mode, fuel consumption can be reduced by as much as 20 percent, resulting in an impressive 30mpg highway.

BMW has once again hit the mark with an inspiring drive that keeps your head in the clouds yet all the while remains grounded.

Details

Engine: 3.0-liter Turbocharged 6-cylinder

Horsepower: 300 hp

MPG: 30 mpg/hwy

MSRP: starting at $54,900

0-60: 5.4 sec    
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