BMW M3 Convertible
For years, BMW has offered M editions of its 3-series, 5-series and more recently, the smaller Z series. Last seen in 1994, the BMW M3 coupe and convertible sat out the 2000 model year. In 2001, BMW relinquished the M3 in the fresh form of the E46 M3. The BMW M3 Convertible premiered at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January of 2001, which followed the coupe that debuted nine months prior at the New York Auto Show.
Though they are similar in appearance and dimensions to the regular BMW 330Ci coupe and convertible, the M3s have some very distinct differences. These differences include a new bumper and deck lid spoiler, a cross-hatch center air intake and elliptical fog lights. A new aluminum hood featuring a subtle power dome accents the hood, showing that there is a big engine in there. Wheel openings have been flared outward by 20 millimeters in order to accommodate the wider tires. Kidney gills behind the front fenders display an BMW M3 badge, and side mirrors have a distinct round shape to improve aerodynamics. Both models of the M3, the coupe and convertible, feature 18” wheels that are satin chrome finished.
Both models are said to be able to seat five, but four would be much more comfortable. All of the seats are upholstered with black M cloth and Nappa leather. There are three types of sport seats that BMW M3 Convertible offers: standard 10-way manual, eight-way power in a Luxury Package or the unique new M sport seats as a separate option. These M sport seats feature 14-way power adjustment and adjustable side bolsters. Standard equipment includes power windows, power heated mirrors, automatic climate control and remote keyless entry. A heated glass rear window is standard on the Convertible as well as the power-operated roof. A wind reflector, aluminum removable hardtop and optional roof rack are available for the convertible.
M editions receive the all new 333 horsepower, 3.2-liter inline-six cylinder engine, producing 262 lb-ft of torque at 8,000 rpm. With the convertible top, 0-60 comes in at an impressive 5.5 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
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