Most are still just starting to mourn the loss of the 1 series that inspired so much joy and then out of no where BAM! BMW flanks us all with a surprise attack and reveals a brand spanking new 2 series! How cool is that? The answer to that should be “very”. Anyhow lets get into the details…
As mentioned earlier BMW designed the new 2 series to replace the 1 series; just like the coming 4 series will replace the 3 series (what a concept!). The new 2 series will be the entry into the BMW brand for those who don’t quite have enough cash for a 4 series or may just be in the mood for something a bit smaller. Although the 2 series coupes will be significantly larger than their 1 series predecessors. The 2 series will comprise of the 228i and the performance-minded M235i coupe (pictured above). You can imagine which one has me excited…
The 228i will be powered by a 2.0 liter “TwinPower” turbocharged four cylinder engine that will make about 240HP (258 ft/lbs of torque as early as 1,250RPMs) at the crank and will be offered with the choice of a 6 speed manual or an 8 speed “sport” automatic transmission. The 228i will have a few trim options: “sport” and “M sport”. However those trims are mostly exterior and interior goodies and won’t upgrade engine performance.
The M235i on the other hand is a whole different story. First of all it gets two more cylinders than the 228i as the M235i is powered by a 3.0 straight six which also features a “TwinPower” turbocharger unit. The extra displacement combined with the forced induction brings the M235i’s horsepower total to 322 with 332 ft-lbs of torque. Like the 228i, the M235i can be had with a 6 speed manual or an 8 speed “sport” automatic transmission. Although the M235 can also be had with an optional “M Performance” mechanical rear differential rather than the standard electronic locking diff. This option is not available for the 228i. BMW says the M235 can get to 60mph from a dead stop in about 4.8 The M235 also has a sport tuned suspension and lightweight 19 inch alloy wheels. Essentially the M235i is a smaller, lighter E46 M3, thus making it the 2 to have for the track day junkies.
When it comes to pricing the 228i will start around $33k while the M235i will tip the wallet to the tune of $44k. The 2 series IS coming to the states and will make its American debut at the North American International Auto Show (AKA Detroit Autoshow) in January. Personally, I find that a bit unfortunate as I would love to see this thing up close at the LA Auto Show next month.
For now the official photo gallery and teaser video will have to do. Scroll down to see the photos and teaser for yourselves as well as a very lengthy press release with all the juicy details!
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A new dimension for The Ultimate Driving MachineTM
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 24, 2013 – 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT . . .BMW today announced the introduction of an entirely new model series with the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe. This new take on The Ultimate Driving MachineTM will arrive in the US in the first quarter of 2014 as the 228i and the M235i. The BMW M235i, the first M Performance Automobile offered in the US, includes an impressive list of performance enhancing features. This successor to the successful 1 Series Coupe will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes with impeccable driving dynamics when it makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2014. The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including $925 destination and handling.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe
- BMW celebrates the premiere of another new model series – The BMW 2 Series Coupe which raises the bar in the premium sub-compact segment in terms of dynamic ability, aesthetic appeal and emotional allure; a distinctive vehicle concept unique in its segment, with a two-door body in classic three-box design typical of BMW Coupes, four seats, rear-wheel drive and a pair of engines and chassis set-up focused squarely on sporting ability; market launch from March 2014, line-up to include a BMW M Performance Automobile – the BMW M235i Coupe.
- Newly designed Coupe series with significantly larger dimensions than its predecessor, the BMW 1 Series Coupe; length increased by 2.8 inches (72 mm) to 174.5 inches (4,432 mm), width by 1.3 inches (32 mm) to 69.8 inches (1,774 mm), wheelbase by 1.3 inches (30 mm) to 105.9 inches (2,690 mm), front track width by 1.6 inches (41 mm) to 59.9 inches (1,521 mm) and rear track width by 1.7 inches (43 mm) to 61.3 inches (1,556 mm); improved interior space, including 0. 7 inches (19 mm) of extra front headroom and 0.8 inches (21 mm) of additional rear legroom. Trunk capacity increases by 0.7 cu.ft. (20 liters) to 13.8 cu.ft. (390 liters), based on EU measures. Optimized aerodynamic details result in a low Cd of just 0.29 for the 228i Coupe.
- Engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology deliver segment-leading figures in terms of both sporting ability and efficiency. The BMW 228i Coupe is the first sub-compact BMW model to be powered by the 240 hp version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The range-topping, the BMW M235i, is the most powerful gasoline-driven BMW M Performance Automobile. It has a unique M Performance 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with TwinPower technology delivering 322 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It features M-specific chassis tuning which, for the US will include standard M Adaptive suspension, M Sport Braking system, variable sport steering and Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires. Even the exhaust has been specifically tuned for the M235i.
- Efficiency is further increased by the extensive use of BMW EfficientDynamics technology, including Air Curtains and the Auto Start/Stop function in conjunction with both manual and automatic transmissions; ECO PRO mode is activated via the standard Driving Experience Control switch and includes a coasting function in conjunction with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
- Unmistakable BMW handling attributes and impressive ride comfort thanks to rear-wheel drive, longitudinally mounted engines, perfectly balanced distribution of weight and sophisticated chassis technology; double-pivot spring strut front suspension and five-link rear suspension with tuning tailored to each 2 Series model; variable sport steering, M Sport braking system and Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers are all standard on the M235i in the US and optional on the 228i; DSC stability control system including DTC and an electronic locking function for the rear differential as standard; M Performance mechanical limited slip differential available for the BMW M235i Coupe from launch through the Original BMW Accessories range.
- High-strength and torsionally stiff body structure developed on the basis of the BMW
1 Series 3- and 5-door, which has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating; extensive occupant protection provided by safety equipment including front, side and head airbags; pedestrian protection is optimized by the active hood and defined front end deformation zones.
- High-quality interior with driver-focused cockpit; dual-zone automatic climate control is standard; iDrive operating system is standard in the US, including a 6.5 inch Control Display in exclusive BMW flatscreen design; optional Navigation system includes an 8.8-inch screen and Touch Controller; wide variety of storage compartments, storage areas and cupholders.
- Selection of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive unparalleled in the sub-compact segment: High Beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, Parking Assistant, rear view camera, Driving Assistant, cruise control system with braking function, extended integration of smartphones and music players, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) and extended functionality provided by BMW Apps for internet-based services like Facebook and Twitter.
- BMW M235i Coupe: Six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos).
– Capacity: 2,979 cc
– Output: 322 hp at 5,800 – 6,000 rpm, max. torque 332 lb-ft at 1,300 – 4,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 60 mph]: 4.8 seconds with 8-speed sport automatic transmission
– Top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph.
– Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates (mpg) – 22 city/32 highway/25 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 19 city/28 highway/22 combined for the
- BMW 228i Coupe: Four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos.
– Capacity: 1,997 cc
– Output: 240 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm, max. torque: 258 lb-ft at 1,250 – 4,500 rpm.
– Acceleration [0 – 60 mph]: 5.4 seconds with 8-speed sport automatic.
– Top speed: 130 mph / 210 km/h (250 km/h / 155 mph with Sport Line or M Sport)
– Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates (mpg) – 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the