During the commercial launch we got to test drive and full load (there were 4 on board) the latest addition to the family of small BMW: The .In particular, the model tested was a 125th Enable, black metallic with black roof, 18 “wheels, M-package outside and virtually full-featured, with leather sports seats and Steptronic automatic transmission.
From the aesthetic point of view, the machine is balanced, certainly not a miracle no one will cry stylistically, but despite starting from the same base “3 volumes” of the 1 Series Coupé, demonstrated to have the curvature between the roof and rear window and rear window and the angle between tailgate (column C) much more pleasantly progressive.
Even compared to the recent 4-seater coupé convertible with retractable hardtop, the most classic convertible with soft curves allowed the canvas roof and less space needed for its folding, maintain a proportion between the sheet roof and tailgate enviable.
After the first visual impressions, we pass the practical test: the car is locked up in 4 without difficulty, there are significant differences in accessibility to the 1 Series three-door or coupe.
The interior space, while low compared to the closed version, is not enough and much better than Segment B Convertible-2 +2 coupe that are only on paper (but they are 30cm shorter) and comparable to the 3 Series CC (which is 22cm longer).
Once seated, we open the electric roof (22 seconds BMW says) and here comes the first surprise: it is virtually “impossible” to do so if there are rear passengers because at the time of uncovering forms an inner fold that runs into the face of those sitting behind.
Nothing too dramatic, it is a simple “caress” the imperial you can avoid moving a little ‘head or lowering the head, but not remembered to have noticed anything like other 4-seater convertible.
Pressing button Start / Stop the delightful sound of the BMW Straight Six 2996cc 218cv and 6.100giri/min to reach the ear as we would never do on a closed car and adds charm and the soundtrack to the film of flowing blue sky above us .
And ‘an engine to debut on the series 1, will clear more numbers than on the North American market where the European one we are used well by pairs of diesel, because when it comes to making a good recovery for a safe passing the difference between the 270 Nm 400nm of the 125th and 123d (comparable to the diesel power) is merciless.
Accomplice Steptronic automatic transmission of which was provided with the machine, a bit slow in gear changes (when BMW will provide all of its cars, the with double clutch will always be too late), the 125th is a machine which can be enjoyed without quickly and without special needs “corsaiole”.
Travel faster pace, a road full of curves, possibly with beautiful views around, is his ideal hunting ground; useless to ask the 125i Convertible Steptronic give what you do not want and can not be
Also, because at normal highway speeds, aerodynamic problem common to all 4-seater convertible, rear seat, despite having all the side windows raised, begins to be hit by annoying gusts of wind (as before seems to be indoors).
The approximately 130kg of difference with the corresponding models of the Series 1 closed road are almost imperceptible level of performance, and indeed, probably because more concentrated in the rear, leading to a lower reactivity than the version of the rear hatchback.
In conclusion, a car, “mature”, maybe even too much for the particular target European and Italian Series 1, sporty and youthful, but certainly a source of satisfaction and can provide a degree of “exclusivity”, not because of prices, however not low (37,500 “base”, nearly 50,000 the unit under test), but because of the numbers which will be sold.
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