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GO TOP DOWN IN STYLISH BMW 430i CONVERTIBLE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
A luxury sport convertible on your radar? Then the BMW 430i could very well be to your liking as long as you are prepared to spend $50,000 and change. Make that over $63,000 if an M sport package along with other options catches your fancy.
The outstanding performer has been tweaked inside and out though it retains the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo engine blasting off 248 horsepower @ 5200 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque @ 4800 rpm. The car achieves 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds and can reach top speed of 130 mph.
Providing seamless shifts is an 8-speed auto transmission with manual and sport modes. The standard but revised suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering systems afford outstanding feedback. Fear not about low gas mileage since a stop-start function allows the car to save fuel by shutting off the engine. Turn the knob in the center console for your driving choice of eco pro, comfort, sport and sport+ modes.
It is an attention-grabber for sure, thanks to the sleek and stretched roofline. Yes, the iconic kidney grille is a giveaway but one will appreciate the hexagonal-shaped full LED headlights. Step inside and you will find yourself ensconced in confidence-inspiring, 10-way power front seats. The previously complex iDrive console knob to control navigation, entertainment, communication and climate systems on the 6.5-inch flat screen is simple to understand and use. The thick-rimmed three-spoke, tilt/telescopic power steering wheel conveys a solid touch to the driver, inspiring confidence in the liveliness of the vehicle. Also standard are auto a/c, anthracite headliner, through-loading 40/20/40 rear seat, wind deflector, 9-speaker audio/CD system and adjustable front armrest. Minus point? A miniscule trunk, which is to be understood in a convertible, that opens up and closes in seconds while in motion. 
Dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with dynamic and cornering brake controls, dynamic stability and traction controls, rear camera, rollover protection, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
So, if open-air motoring buffs are looking to catch the sun and the eye of the onlookers, the 430i fits the bill. Take a seat behind one of the finest-handling, trendy convertibles, power down the top and cruise your neighborhood for a fun-filled outing.

BMW 430i
Tires: 225/45R18
Wheelbase: 110.6 inches
Length: 182.7 inches
Suspension: strut front; multilink rear
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gallons
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
Base price: $51,450
Price as tested: $63,310
Web site: www.bmwusa.com

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