Pictures below. While the weather wasn't exactly a good convertible day at around 42F, I got a couple miles with the top down after I got back from the dealer. The heated seats and steering wheel had their work cut out for them. Heated earmuffs would be a good addition.
Handling is superb, with only a minor amount of cowl shake over the rough stuff. The sport package's ride quality really isn't harsh at all, despite the pathetic condition of the roads around here. It's the most nimble handling BMW I've had since my E46 330 ZHP.
The 6MT was smooth and easy once I got the hang of it again. I've been without a manual transmission for the last 18 months, and I'm glad my left foot still knows what to do.
Road noise on the freeway was much better than expected; you can hardly tell it's a convertible when the top's up.
The exhaust note is spectacular, especially compared the E90. It's hard to imagine it is the same engine.
The trunk is also quite generous compared to the typical ragtop.
When I started looking at the one series, I was torn between a 128 vert and a 135 coupe, since the 135 vert was well over budget. I went with the convertible mostly because I already did the stupid-fast thing with the 550, and until now I've never owned a convertible. After driving it today, I'm very pleased with my choice.
All I need now is about 75 degrees and sunshine...
2012 E88 128i, Alpine White/Black
2011 E90 328i, Crimson Red/Black
2008 E60 550i, Carbon Black/Natural Brown, ED 2 November 2007 (retired)
2006 E83 X3, Silver Grey/Black, ED 15 May 2006. (retired)
2005 E46 330i, Jet Black/Black (retired)
2002 E46 325i, Electric Red/Black (retired)