In many respects, the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe, now available at Braman BMW in Jupiter, is the grandson of a legend. Back in 1968, BMW was a small, struggling European automaker – until they introduced a model called the 2002. The model proved wildly popular worldwide, selling more than 300,000 and becoming the company’s first big hit… and the rest, as they say, is history
The 2002 was a sporty, two-wheel drive coupe with fresh, clean styling that appealed to drivers who wanted a sports car, but had to deal with practical considerations like family and luggage and weather. And, as it turns out, there’s still a big market for exactly that kind of car.
This entirely new model series arrives in the U.S. with two models, 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. 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.
Primed For Performance
Engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology deliver 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. Performance figures include 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 5.4 seconds with the 8-speed sport automatic, and a top speed of 130 mph. Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates are 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic and 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the 6-speed manual.
The 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. Performance figures include 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 4.8 seconds with the 8-speed sport automatic transmission, and a top speed of 155 mph. Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates are 22 city/32 highway/25 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic and 19 city/28 highway/22 combined for the 6-speed manual.
The M235i also 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.
Inside & Out
The high-quality interior with driver-focused cockpit includes standard dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, iDrive operating system with a 6.5 inch Control Display in exclusive BMW flatscreen design. The optional Navigation system includes an 8.8-inch screen and Touch Controller.
The 2 Series features a 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.
The BMW Lines – available as an alternative to standard specification for the BMW 228i Coupe – offer harmoniously coordinated exterior and interior design and equipment features. The BMW Sport Line includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels, ambient lighting with variable use of colors and special seat upholstery, interior trim strip and car key designs as well as a choice of wood or brushed aluminum trim available at no additional cost.
Also available for the BMW 228i Coupe is M Sport, developed specially for the new model. This option comprises bespoke suspension tuning (including a 10-millimeter drop in ride height and18-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design), aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, striking side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), plus a special design for the BMW kidney grille and an exhaust tailpipe embellisher in high-gloss chrome.
The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe includes a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. Adaptive Xenon headlights including cornering light are optional. Customers can also order their car with High Beam Assistant. Other features available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe include Park Distance Control and the rear view camera, which displays its images on the iDrive operating system’s Control Display in order to help to ensure precise and comfortable maneuvering. The likewise optional Parking Assistant aids the driver in choosing and making use of parallel parking spaces. The system identifies suitable spaces and, if desired, carries out the steering movements required to park the car.