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BMW unveils 2 Series Coupe

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January 22, 2014

The BMW 2 Series has monoblock headlamps

The BMW 2 Series has monoblock headlamps

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For ten years, the BMW 1 Series has been the company’s big gun when it comes to luxury compacts. Over the years, it’s gone through a number of variants and iterations, but now BMW is taking the lessons learned from the rear-wheel drive 1 Series, mixing them with its TwinPower Turbo technology, and has come up with the BMW 2 Series Coupé. Harkening back to the BMW 02 range of 45 years ago, the company is aiming to make the 2 Series distinct from its predecessor and able to see off the car maker’s competitors in the luxury compact market.

The two-door BMW 2 Series won’t be confused with the 1 Series easily. It’s 72 mm (2.8 in) longer than the 1 Series Coupé, has a 30 mm (1.2 in) longer wheelbase, and is 5 mm (0.2 in) lower, but retains the three-box body. The lines are sportier with a strong through-line, wrap around monoblock headlamps, overlapping surfaces, and a rear spoiler lip for greater downforce.

In front, there’s a split grille that’s somewhat overwhelmed by the air scoops below, but blends nicely into the longer bonnet that accommodates a choice of engines, one of which BMW says produces the most powerful petrol-driven of the brand’s M Performance Automobile line-up.

Cockpit of the BMW 2 Series

The 2 Series comes in three Coupé variants based on engine choice. There’s the basic 2001 coupé that is the first compact BMW with a two-liter, direction injection, in-line four-cylinder, four-valve petrol engine that puts out 184 bhp (135 kW) and 270 Nm (190 lb.ft) of torque.

At the other end of the spectrum is the M235i. It has a six-cylinder, four-valve three-liter petrol engine that ups the ante with 326 bhp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb.ft) of torque. Rounding out the collection is the 220d, which is a four-cylinder, two-liter diesel that cranks 184 bhp (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb.ft) of torque. Behind all three is a standard six-speed manual gearbox, though eight-speed automatic and sports automatic gearbox options are available.

As far as performance goes, the 220i does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). The M235i hits 100 km/h in a more respectable 5 seconds and pegs the speedometer at 250 km/h (150 mph), and 220d does a surprising 7 seconds and 230 km/h (143 mph).

The BMW 2 Series grille

The wheels also differ between the variants. The 220i and 220d have 16-in, light alloy wheels, while the M235i has 18-in, light-alloy wheels with bespoke tires. All have Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Adaptive Brake Assistant. In addition, there’s an auto start/stop function and brake energy regeneration.

Inside, the 2 Series is surprisingly simple and even a bit old fashioned, with accents that are almost like something out of the 1960s. The cockpit is designed around the driver with an asymmetrical center console and a free-standing control display. The front seats have a racy feel to them, though the fold-down rear seats are a bit basic, and even skimpy.

In terms of fuel consumption, performance reflects the powerplants. The 220i does up to 6.1 l/100 km (2.6 US gallons/100 miles), the 220 manages 4.5 (1.9 US gallons/100 miles), and the M235i lags at 8.1 (3.4 US gallons/100 miles).

The BMW 2 Series wheel detail

The M235i is the most elaborate of the 2 Series with an M Sport chassis, Xenon Headlights, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension, and a special M Aerodynamics package available with a special front apron and rear diffuser

The video below introduces the BMW 2 Series.

Source: BMW

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3 Comments

BMW's just don't look like German cars anymore.

If you take the name plates off of them, you would assume they are Korean or Chinese cars.

robo
23rd January, 2014 @ 10:14 am PST

My first 5-Series had cooling problems. So, what exactly do companies like BMW test when they take cars to Death Valley? Because when I got a second new 5-Series, it had to have its entire cooling system replaced at 70K! As well, this car blew a head gasket.

Okay well, you say that was a design problem with the E-39. Hmmm, my 1962 Impala SS still uses the original radiator, has a much higher compression engine, and has never blown a cylinder head. As well, it is faster than my M-5.

Run flat tires. An inability to check either oil levels or transmission levels has put many of us off of ever buying another BMW. No longer a "drivers" car. You are losing your core buyers BMW, too much plastic, defective electronics and very expensive parts are not indicative of a quality piece.

steveraxx
23rd January, 2014 @ 11:19 am PST

This looks like a 1990's Pontiac Grand AM.

Gregg Eshelman
23rd January, 2014 @ 08:00 pm PST
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