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Fourth-generation 3 Series Convertible breaks new ground for BMW - and its class

10 Apr 2007

BMW’s all-new fourth-generation 3 Series Convertible proves itself more than worthy of its market-leading predecessor, with a three-piece retracting steel roof and extra chassis rigidity when the roof is down. The 2.5-litre entry-level 325i is a finely-balanced machine that provides plenty of driving pleasure and surprisingly brisk performance, while the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine in the 335i is a real performance powerhouse, leaping into action with virtually no lag from almost any engine speed and in any gear. With a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, plus all the luxury fittings you would expect at this level, the luxury convertible segment now has a new benchmark.
Model release date: 1 April 2007 to 1 August 2010

Previous model

E46 3 Series Convertible

Released: Sep 2000
Ended: March 2007
Family Tree: 3 Series

The E46 3 Series convertible was a hugely successful model for BMW Australia, becoming the top-selling vehicle in its market segment. The 330Ci Convertible was powered throughout by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine developing 170kW of power and 300Nm of torque. In its seven-year lifespan, the car was given a mild facelift in March 2003 (headlights and tail-lights, plus stability control. In May 2003 the wild 3.2-litre 252kW/350Nm M3 Convertible was introduced while, at the other end of the spectrum, the entry-level 325Ci model was added in August 2004 - powered by a 141kW/245Nm 2.5-litre six.

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