Love that Bluewater Metallic
Originally finished in a beautiful shade of Bluewater Metallic (896), this 2009 BMW 135i convertible benefits from a recent respray in the same color. The owner commissioned the work due to the age of the car and it appears to have been done very nicely all around, particularly up front.
It is a notably special color, as it was only offered in the US on the 128i for this model year. Particularly in combination with the Light Blue leather interior, which makes this a rather unique 2009 135i convertible.
The power-operated black soft top is shown raised and lowered in the gallery. When lowered, it resides under a hard black plastic tonneau cover. It is fitted with a heated glass rear window.
Exterior features include adaptive xenon headlights with washer nozzles, chrome kidney grilles, heated side mirrors, a subtle integrated decklid spoiler and Shadowline trim. Dual twin-tip exhaust exits the black lower rear fascia, and a shortened antenna replaces the original.
Staggered width 18” wheels from a BMW 330 are wrapped in Nokian Z Line rubber sized 225/40 up front and 255/35 out back. They frame blue-finished brake calipers with white BMW lettering at all four corners.
The front tires show 2016 date codes, and the rears show 2017 codes. Curb rash on the front wheels is documented in the gallery.
The original wheels, 18” Star Spoke (Style 264) will be included with the sale but are need of refurbishment per the seller, who also notes there is no rust present on the vehicle.
Room for Four
The cabin is upholstered in Light Blue Boston leather, with the color extending to the lower dashboard, door panels and carpeting. It is accented by a black upper dash and Dark Gray Poplar wood on the door pulls, across the dashboard, and on the center console.
Wear on the driver’s seat can be seen on the bolsters, with cracking and staining along the top outer bolster. Front passenger seat wear is lighter and both front buckets are heated and power adjustable. The two rear seats appear to be in very good condition.
Part of the M Sport package, the thick-rimmed steering wheel with M badge is wrapped in perforated leather and includes vehicle controls as well as paddle shifters. Much of the gloss black finish on the spokes has worn away as seen in the gallery.
Instrumentation consists of a 160-mph speedometer with inset fuel level gauge and 8,000-rpm tachometer with inset oil temperature gauge. Between these analog dials is a digitals vehicle information screen that includes the odometer, which reads 143,505 km (89,170 mi).
There is a tire pressure warning light illuminated on this screen, as seen in the gallery. The original wheels have TPMS sensors, but the current wheels do not, which is causing this issue.
Features include power accessories, cruise control, driver-side memory settings, push-button ignition, and rain-sensing wipers. The original BMW Professional AM/FM/CD stereo has been retained and sits above the automatic climate control interface.
Cosmetic issues include scuffing and staining on the glove box and rear seat trim panels as well as discoloration around the passenger-side door sill cover. Door panel and frame condition is highlighted and looks to be in good shape on both sides.
Potent Little Droptop
Sitting in a tidy engine bay, with factory strut tower braces, is the original powertrain. It consists of a twin-turbo 3.0L N54 inline-six hooked up to a six-speed STEPTRONIC transmission driving the rear wheels.
Featuring piezo fuel-injection, Valvetronic, and Double-VANOS variable valve timing, this “TwinPower Turbo” motor was rated at 300-hp and 300 lb.-ft of torque when new.
Thanks to this twin-scroll turbo configuration, all that torque is on tap from 1,200 rpm all the way up to 5,000 rpm. It was also enough for low five second sprints to 60 mph in this potent little droptop sports car.
The most recent maintenance was performed over the summer of 2021. It included an oil and filter change, new brakes, and an inspection of the air-conditioning. Per the seller, there are no known issues with the car.
Located in St-Charles sur Richelieu, Quebec, this 2009 BMW 135i M Sport convertible has been under current ownership since August 2010. In that time, 87,000 of the 89,170 miles have been added. Factory documentation, the owner’s manual, and the original Star Spoke (Style 264) 18” wheels will accompany the sale.
The car was originally purchased in at Rhein BMW in Germany by a US military doctor. A US-spec 135i, it was then shipped to Florida and subsequently sold with just 3,500 km (2,175 mi) on the clock to the current, and second, owner. The car was then relocated to Canada.
With the stunning Bluewater Metallic finish, this 135i convertible is quite a looker. The fact it is hiding a 300-horse twin-turbo straight-six smoothie under the hood is just icing on this open-air cake.