Traditionally, taking an automobile and removing its roof to create a convertible ups the fun quotient considerably. There are some enthusiasts who might argue the opposite - that cutting off such a structurally important aspect of a car's structure merely loosens handling and adds weight (in the form of unseen bracing) - but that attitude misses the point. You see, not all mirth can be measured on a skid pad, and to judge a convertible for what it subtracts from its starting template ignores the spiritual benefits of unfettered access to sunshine and the feeling of the wind in your hair (or lack thereof).
The 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible's design team is well aware of the criticisms leveled at drop top dynamics. BMW's branding has long focused around a performance narrative, and that includes the 'ultimate tanning machines' that first made their appearance on the American market in the 1980s. The 2 Series is under more scrutiny than most other members of the automaker's line-up, as the coupe version of this entry-level luxury ride has been routinely praised as offering the purest driving experience available with a roundel on the hood.
The pressure to ensure that the open air edition of the car carries forward the same skill-set is not inconsiderable, and although convertible buyers are typically less obsessed with slaloms and stats than their coupe counterparts, image is everything in the premium segment. After spending some time in the new 2 Series convertible staving off the Texas sun, I can assure you that fun hasn't been left on the backburner back in Bavaria.