The sporting cruiser

The 16-valve power unit develops maximum output of 110 kW/150 bhp at 4,000 rpm, giving this elegant four-seater a top speed of 211 km/h or 131 mph. Supreme driving pleasure is also ensured by the harmonious surge of power and the bullish torque of the direct-injection engine developing 295 Nm or 217 lb-ft at just 1,500 rpm before reaching its maximum torque of 330 Nm/243 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm.

The enthusiast opting for a sporting style of motoring in this new Convertible will certainly enjoy life in this car, the 320Cd Convertible reaching 100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds. And the interim sprint in, say, 4th gear from 80?120 km/h (50-75 mph) is even more impressive, taking just 7.5 seconds.

Fitted as standard, the six-speed manual gearbox comes with short and sporting gear ratios for a particularly dynamic or, alternatively, a very relaxed and laid-back style of motoring in this elegant Convertible. Top speed comes in sixth gear.

Regardless of whether the driver is driving with the roof down or closed, diesel combustion noise is reduced to a minimum, thus creating the acoustic impression of a petrol engine under virtually all driving conditions.

Elegant and economical all in one

The dynamic performance offered by this high-tech power unit in the open-air

3 Series is only one of the engine's benefits. Because despite this remarkable performance, the new BMW Convertible is also very economical, consuming just 6.3 litres/100 km of diesel fuel in the composite EU cycle (44.8 mpg Imp) and thus offering a cruising range on one tank of up to 1,000 kilometres or 620 miles.

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Published : 20/10/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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