The bleaming 428i is nothing short of breathtaking whenever the top goes down; the retractable hardtop activates at speeds of up to 18 km/h and opens and closes in 20 seconds flat. The exterior motifs of the 428i are spot on as far as the Bayerische Motoren Werke company is concerned. Its dimensions are slightly longer and wider compared to its predecessor: length at 4,638mm (26mm longer), width at 1,825mm wide (43mm wider), wheelbase at 2,810mm (50mm increase), and the raised dimensions of the front and rear tracks give the convertible a definite wide appeal. Other than the dimensions increase, the L-shaped rearlights, and protruding wheel arches are exterior trademarks as well. The Luxury line provides additional chrome trims and 18-inch light multi-spoke wheels to the package for good measures.
Elements that lend the convertible a more efficient co-efficient drag from 0.33cd top down, 0.28cd top up are the optional windblock, framless side windows, low overhangs, an extended bonnet, air breathers, and the Hofmeiter kink at the bottom of the slender C-pillar. Interior-wise, numerous enhancements have added to ensure appropriate noise insulation, while a roofliner with integrated interior lighting adds to that premium appeal.
The 220 – 370 liters boot space is said to have been upgraded, even with the top down; although much roomier with the top up. Interior highlights include typical circular black-panel dials, a free-standing iDrive display, iDrive Touch Controller, a one-piece rear seat bench, and ample storage compartments. With the Luxury line, BMW M’sia adds in a HiFi loudspeaker 9-speaker system, along with Fineline Anthracite with Chrome highlights.
Bi-turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, propels the 428i from 0 to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 250km/h. The fuel consumption is recorded at 6.6 liter per 100km while CO2 emissions are noted at 154 g/km. To make the convertible more agile, M Suspension with electronically controlled damper is incorporated. At the same time, the three new BMW EfficientDynamics features – Sailing function, Route-Ahead Assistant, which works with the on-board Navigation system, and ECO PRO Route – are imperative to guarantee a good mix of performance and fuel efficiency.
BMW 2 Series Coupe: the replacement sub-compact for the 1 Series Coupe
BMW’s 220i is a rear wheel drive Coupe with lots to show for. This latest sub-compact by BMW fulfills a 50:50 weight distribution, much like a roadster. As a replacement variant of the 1 Series Coupe, the 2 Series Coupe now brings out more of that aesthetic appeal and premium allure. In dimensions, the 2 Series Coupe’s length stands at 4,432mm, width at 1,774mm, wheelbase at 2,690mm, and the tracks 1,521mm (front) and 1,556mm (rear). Typical BMW Coupe’s exterior sentiments are the long bonnet, short overhangs, swept-back cabin and slim windows. It is a compact version of the 428i Convertible as far as looks are concerned.
Like the Convertible, the 2.0-liter twinpower engine powers the 2 Series to a respectable 184hp and a torque of 270Nm. Seven seconds is all it takes for the 220i Coupé to go from 0 – 100km/h and top speed reaches 230 km/h. Fuel consumpton and emissions readings are 6.0l/100km and 139g/km. Meantime, the Coupe’s steering tiptronics and launch control allow the RW sub-compact to act as if it’s a race touring car.
The driving dynamics and agility of the BMW 220i Coupé is further emphasized with double-joint spring-strut front suspension and five-link rear suspension with variant-specific fine-tuning, as well as electromechanical power steering and a complete brake system. For even more increased agility, 220i Coupe customers have the option of an M sport suspension, as well as related customization equipment line such as 17” light alloy Star-spoke wheels and exterior trims in High Gloss Black.
On the inside, a driver-oriented cockpit is emphasized, while easy-entry function front seats make getting in and out a breeze. Head- and leg-room,too, have been expanded for greater comfort. Other interior highlights include Satin Silver sports steering that houses cruise control and related switches, sports seats and Anthracite headliner with Sensatec upholstery, anti-dazzle interior mirrors (on the exterior mirrors, too), and high gloss Black and Coral Red interior trimmings. Driver’s assistance and entertainment systems instilled are the suite of BMW ConnectedDrive; Radio Professional with a 6.5” display monitor, with Bluetooth and USB device connectivity, and the HiFi loudspeaker system.
BMW 428i Convertible and 220i Coupe prices and availability
The BMW 220i Coupe is offered in these colors; Alphine White, Black Sapphire, Midnight Blue and Mineral Grey, and the Sport version in another four colors; Alphine White, Glacier Silver, Melbourne Red and Valencia Orange. Black Sapphire, Midnight Blue, Mineral White and Mineral Grey are colors for the 428i Convertible. Prices without insurance are listed at BMW 220i Coupé RM 259,800.00 (Sport Line RM 20,000.00 extra) and the 428i Convertible RM 428,800.00.