BMW 1 Series Cabriolet

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BMW 1 Series Cabriolet E88
BMW 1 Series Cabriolet  E88 2010 2013
2010 2013

The sporty convertible had a controversial exterior design with inspiration drew from the iconic BMW 2002, with sculpted sporty lines and dominating panels.
Sharing most of its mechanical components with the 3-Series, that Series 1 offered a precise handling and great ride comfort.

The Series 1 convertible was available in two trim levels, the 128i and the 135i.

Standard equipment offered with the 128i included 17-inch alloys, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-speaker audio system and a power-operated soft top.

The 128i equipped with Series 1 with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that produced 230 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque.

Stepping up to the 135i trim level, the standard equipment included a tweaked suspension, 18-inch alloys, a sunroof, xenon headlights and automatic climate control, besides the features of the 128i.

Stand-alone options included a Moonlight Black soft top, leather upholstery with sun-reflective treatment (designed to reduce the seat’s surface temperature by up to 20 degrees).

Numerous optionals bundled into packages were available for both trim levels, adding from sport seats, a sport suspension, upgraded interior trim, mood lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a premium audio system to a rear parking assist system and heated front seats.

The 135i trim level offered a more powerful unit, a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder that cranked out 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft of torque.

Safety wise, standard equipment included antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, from-seat side airbags and pop-up rollover hoops.

Full Description and Technical Specifications
BMW 1 Series Cabriolet E88
BMW 1 Series Cabriolet  E88 2008 2010
2008 2010

The all new cabriolet was revealed in September 2007 as a four-seat convertible with a soft-top roof.
The full production started in 2008.

The BMW Series 1, also called the E88 was a rear-wheel drive car, offering a choice of four petrol and one diesel engines.

The convertible was based on the already released coupe, however, it was 12mm lower even if the length, width and the wheelbase length remained unchanged.
The soft-top roof could be operated at speeds up to 40 km/h and took 22 seconds to open or close, a bit slower than other cars in the same range, like the Audi A3.
The car was equipped with dual front and front seat-mounted side airbags, ABS, brake assist, ESC, corner braking control, traction control and other systems that made the BMW 1 Series a pretty safe car.

The climate control on this car used an intelligent system that recognized whether the roof is down and adjusted the airflow accordingly. The leather trim was using a Sun Reflective technology that reduced the surface temperature of the seats by 20 degrees.

Even if BMW marketed the convertible as a 4-seater, the rear seats did not offer the passengers enough leg room, thus it was more adequate for kids. The trunk space though offered 260 liters, enough for a trip in the weekend.

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