BMW announced the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The new model will arrive in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014 as the 228i and the M235i.
All-new BMW 2 Series CoupeEdward Green ▼ Friday October 25, 2013 6:01PM ET
The BMW M235i, the first M Performance Automobile offered in the US, includes an impressive list of performance enhancing features. The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be offered at $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including $925 destination and handling.
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).
It also has improved interior space, including extra front headroom and additional rear legroom. Trunk capacity is also bigger, and optimized aerodynamic details result in a low Cd of just 0.29 for the 228i Coupe.
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. Its M-specific chassis tuning for the U.S. 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.
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. But make no mistake, it is a sport car in its finest with all amenities you expect from BMW. ■