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BMW 2 Series


With the new 2 Series is what BMW does best: building sporty, rear-wheel-drive coupes. The new BMW 2 series replaces the BMW 1 series coupe as the entry-level coupe in the lineup, and its reveal completes BMW’s badge reorganization in which all sedans and wagons wear odd numbers while coupes and convertibles get even numbers. 

BMW 2 Series

Drivetrain choices:
  • The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 240 hp
  • M235i: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that generates 320 hp.

Both engines mate with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The new body style is an improvement over the 1-series, which the 2-series replaces, and it’s sportier. too.

The 2-series represents an evolution of its predecessor, albeit a thorough one. It’s longer by 2.8 inches, width and wheelbase grow by 1.3 inches each, and the styling is cleaner and more grown up. A crease wraps around the car at the shoulderline, forming a slight spoiler on the trailing edge of the decklid and evoking memories of the legendary 2002. The headlights lend a serious and determined look to its face, and so the 2 therefore is quite unlike the outgoing 1-series, which looked a little startled. In fact, when the optional xenon headlights are specified and paired with LED eyebrows, the 2-series looks downright angry. The aggressive appearance is heightened by the long hood, which emphasizes the sporty rear-wheel-drive layout. There are, of course, practical advantages to the new body, too. The trunk has been enlarged and there is noticeably more space for rear-seat passengers—yet BMW says that weight remains virtually identical to that of the 1-series.

While other markets can select from a range of engines that include diesel and less-powerful options, U.S. shoppers choose between just two: the N20 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 228i and the N55 3.0-liter straight-six in the M235i. Both are force-fed by a single turbocharger, and they are mated either to either a six-speed manual or to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

The M235i is rated at a lofty (and preliminary) 315 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 1300 rpm. That state of tune translates to an estimated 0-to-60 time well below five seconds, while top speed is governed at 155 mph. The 228i makes 240 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1250 rpm, which BMW says should yield 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with the automatic transmission. Top speed in the four-cylinder 2-series is governed at 130 mph, but rises to 155 mph when Sport Line or M Sport packages are optioned. No U.S.-market fuel-consumption figures are available yet.

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