2011 BMW 3-Series Convertible

At a Glance

Pricing $46,450 - $70,450
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.0l I6, 3.0l I6 T, 4.0l V8
Transmissions A6, M6, SM7
Fuel Economy 13-19 (city), 20-28 (highway)

The BMW 3-Series convertible is a compelling choice for drivers looking for open-air motoring with the security of a retractable hardtop. Competition includes the convertible models of the Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as the Volvo C70 and Saab 9-3. Available as a normally aspirated 3.0L inline-6 (328i), a single-turbo variant (335i), a twin-turbo variant (335is), or 4.0L V-8 (M3), the convertible retains most of the performance and handling of the coupe. Torsional and bending rigidity is surprisingly good for a convertible, but this convertible weighs in at nearly 2 tons. Transmission choices are a 6-speed manual, or a Steptronic automatic with paddle shifters in the 328i/335i. A comprehensive set of active safety enhancements such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, and Cornering Brake Control ensure the best possible accidence avoidance capabilities. The M3 model is the ultimate 3-Series experience. It shares the same 414-bhp/295 lb.-ft. 4.0L V-8 as the M3 Coupe, mated to 6-speed manual or a new 7-speed double-clutch gearbox. BMW adds MDrive to the M3, which allows the driver to set the vehicle power, suspension, steering, and stability control to his preferences. M3 models also benefit from a unique suspension tuning, and upgraded tires/wheels.

What Changed:

All 3-Series convertible models wear a new hood, grille, side skirts, headlights and taillights. A new 335is model joins the lineup. The 335is features a more powerful twin-turbocharged inline six rated at 320-bhp and standard M-Sport trim upgrades. The 335is will offer an optional seven-speed dual clutch transmission. A new inline six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger replaces last year's twin turbo engine on 335i models. The power and torque ratings are unchanged.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
328i Convertible Value 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $46,450
328i Convertible Value 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $46,450
335i Convertible 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD $52,650
335i Convertible 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) A6 RWD $52,650
335is Convertible 3.0l I6 T (320-bhp) M6 RWD $59,650
335is Convertible 3.0l I6 T (320-bhp) SM7 RWD $60,100
M3 Convertible 4.0l V8 (414-bhp) M6 RWD $67,550
M3 Convertible 4.0l V8 (414-bhp) SM7 RWD $70,450