Fans have been long awaiting the launch of the BMW’s latest model, the 2-Series, and the good is the German automaker has released the necessary details along with the grades, pricing and official pictures of the 2-Series coupe. The car’s official debut will happen at the North American International Auto Show in January 2014 but taking the right step, BMW has revealed the official details well ahead of it.
First things first, the 2-Series coupe headed for the US market will come in two models – the 228i and the M235i. While the 228i will be a regular 2-Series model, the M235i, as the name tells, is a performance version developed specially by BMW’s M division and features an impressive list of performance enhancements.
The 228i 2-Series is powered by a four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos). The following are the technical details of the engine:
- 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 6-speed manual.
The performance M235i version is powered by a 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). The following are the technical details of the same:
- 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 6-speed manual
Since it is a 1-Series replacement, BMW had to work a little bit harder to make it look better and feel better. The newly designed coupe is significantly larger than its predecessor, as its length is 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. Furthermore, the trunk capacity and aerodynamics have also been improved.
The interior of the car is driver focused and ensures maximum driving pleasure. There is an Easy Entry function for the front seats facilitates access to the two rear seats. There is a “layering” effect created by various overlapping surfaces starting from the instrument panel, center console up to the door trim. It comes with BMW iDrive operating system featuring a Control Display in 6.5 or 8.8-inch form with Navigation.
Coming to the pricing now, the 2014 2-Series 228i will start from $33,025 while the M235i model will cost $44,025.
2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe Image Gallery