What is it?
This is the upgraded BMW 335i Convertible, which gets a heavily upgradeded engine and some mild cosmetic tweaks.
Given that BMW’s twin-turbocharged straight six petrol engine was arguably one of the best petrol motors in its class, it comes as a surprise to some that the German maker has given it an overhaul and removed one of the turbochargers.
But the result is improved economy with no loss in the potency of the previous unit. Our test car came fitted with the German maker’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which allows the 302bhp 335i to achieve 205g/km and 32.1mpg whilst also managing 60mph in just 5.7sec.
What’s it like?
The good news is that the new engine doesn’t disappoint. The double-sided turbocharger endows the 3.0-litre unit with as much potency and flexibility as before. The slick transmission, the engine’s refinement and a comfortable cabin go a long way to making the 335i drop-top very liveable transport.
What is less succesful is the ride quality, which can crash uncomfortably and is restless at high speeds on a typical British b-road. The optional 18-inch alloys fitted to our test car didn’t help, so we’d suggest saving yourself £505 and sticking to the standard 17s.