BMW 2 Series

BMW 2 Series

  Based on current speculation that BMW's sedan and coupe version will NOT share the same Series number after 2013. We are expecting BMW to name their 2-door version of the 1 Series 4-door sedan, as the 2 Series. To backup the speculations, BMW has trademarked the name so we know a model is coming.

MotorTrend has gotten very good at head to head video reviews, and their latest one is no exception. This time, the new BMW M235i goes up against the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Both cars represent the smaller, more nimble side of each automaker’s lineup, but still pack a punch under the hood. Check out the video above to see who Motor Trend crowns the victor. The winner just might surprise you.

Staffer Jonny Lieberman starts out carving canyon roads in both cars. Turns out, he’s quite fond of the BMW’s power output from the 3.0-liter, inline-six and its eight-speed automatic. As a whole, the car looks better than the old 1 Series, as Jonny heralds it as having the best looking BMW front end in a long time. The BMW seems to have only one major drawback: its brakes. Though the do stop a few feet shorter than the CLA45 AMG’s, they tend to fade and have inconsistent pedal feel. Otherwise, the M235i appears to be a hoot to drive with its drift-happy rear end.

Conversely, the CLA45 AMG produces more power from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder, coming in at 360 horses and 331 pound-feet. Adding to its bag of tricks are its superb brakes with good pedal feel and fade-free stopping power. The car’s biggest downfall — dynamics-wise — is its understeer. Though its minimal compared to a regular sedan , the Mercedes just doesn’t grip the road in the same manner as the BMW. On a more subjective side, Jonny shares his distaste for the CLA’s coupe-like sloping roofline and stubby rear end.

Which one is crowned the winner? Click past the jump to find out.

Only a couple of months have passed since the brand new BMW 2 Series Coupe has reached U.S. dealerships, and the German manufacturer has already announced an update for the 2015 model year. And before you ask, we’re not talking about visual enhancements or power upgrades. The 2 Series just got a Track Handling Package.

Basically slotted between the standard 228i and the M235i coupes , the 2 Series with Track Handling Package comes with a number of M Performance parts and larger, unique wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The package can be added on any BMW 228i Coupe, fitted with either the six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission, built starting July 2014. Pricing for the Track Handling Package is not available yet, but the bundle should cost less than all four options ordered separately (about $2,500). Therefore, expect the 228i with Track Handling Package to start right below the $34,000 mark.

The new package will improve the vehicle’s handling, suspension and grip, making it suitable for sporty driving on twisty roads and ready for that weekend track fun some drivers like to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 228i Coupe with Track Handling Package.

Looking decidedly more aggressive than the standard model, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport proves that with all the additions coming from its new M Sport package, you can turn the 2 Series Active Tourer into something that actually resembles an actual BMW .

To be fair, it’s not really the 2 Series’ fault that BMW wanted to extend its line to include a big hatchback that doesn’t do much in the way of exciting us. But the release of the M Sport package goes a long way in actually improving the 2 Series Active Tourer’s appeal and if anything, the vehicle needs it.

The most important part of the M Sport package is the M aerodynamics package. Notwithstanding all the handling benefits that the aero pack provides, the fact that it makes for a sportier and more aggressive look is enough incentive for customers to add on this package.

Customers can also have their vehicles dressed up in an exclusive Estoril Blue finish to complement all the M badging the car will have. If you didn’t know this baby was M’d up, the constant reminder of those badges on the side will remind you that this isn’t a normal-looking 2 Series Active Tourer.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport.

When is a BMW M car, not really an M car at all? Well in this week’s episode of XCAR, Alex Goy takes a look at the BMW M235i . Is it worthy of the M badge, or should you just wait for the inevitable M2? If Alex is to be believed, they don’t even need to make an M2 .

Alex really enjoys the tuned version of the 3.0-liter twin turbo engine that has been placed in the M235i. It is essentially the same engine that can be found in every model BMW sells, but power has been increased from 300 horsepower to 321 ponies. Torque sees a similar climb from 300 pound feet to 322.

Like you often hear in a BMW review, the steering, suspension and brakes also gain high marks. The BMW M235i may not be a true M car, but I feel like XCAR may have gotten it right about not needing a proper M2.

In traditional XCAR fashion there is plenty of beautiful camera work and back-road bombing. So sit back, click play and enjoy the next six minutes of automotive awesome.

After you get done, let us know if you think Alex and the XCAR crew got it right. Do we need an M2, or is the M235i more than enough?

The day has come where we report BMW ’s move into building front-wheel-drive cars. It may sound like an April-fools joke, but alas, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be a reality rolling down the street in 2015. The overriding issue, at least in the eyes of BMW purists, is the threat to BMW’s brand identity and exclusivity as the Bavarian company moves towards higher-volume, lower-cost city cars.

Rather than sticking our heads in the sand, let’s take a look at what BMW is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 4th.

The 2 Series Active Tourer departs from the standard BMW mold with an upright, high-roofed design with passenger comfort, easy of ingress/egress, and cargo capacity as key features. The modular seating for five makes for a handy city runabout with 40/20/40 folding rear seats and a generous rear cargo area. Even the front passenger seat folds flat for hauling long objects. Outward visibility should be quite excellent, making it a competent navigator of congested city streets.

Power comes from three engine options — at least at launch and in Euro-spec form — including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 2.0-liter diesel; all of which are turbocharged. Power is sent through either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. An xDrive model will come to market during the first year, but after the initial launch.

Exterior design detailing and interior appointments stay true to BMW form with highly recognizable features only found on BMWs. While it may be styled like a BMW, its profile is a huge departure; though the most important factor will remain unanswered until we’re behind the wheel: does it drive like a BMW?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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BMW came to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with two prototypes2 Series and 6 Series — equipped with all kinds of automated driving technology. Offered with the ConnectedDrive nomenclature, these two cars are the company’s attempt to develop autonomous-driving prototypes.

The two prototypes are equipped with BMW ActiveAssist, which "will make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of safe and accident-free mobility another step closer to reality."

BMW has been working on this ActiveAssist system for long time now, and in 2009, it unveiled its first Track Trainer research project that it successfully tested around the Nürburgring race track. Then, in 2011, BMW developed a new test vehicle capable of traveling 40 miles of accelerating, braking and overtaking other cars without any driver intervention at speeds of up to 81 mph.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 3:30 p.m.: BMW just released a video showing the s Series ConnectedDrive getting its track shakedown on. Needless to say, watching this Bimmer drift itself is freaking awesome!

Now BMW announced that it is working on its first fleet trial of highly automated models and hope to have it ready for 2015. Also, starting in 2020, BMW hopes to offer highly automated driving in series-produced vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technology.

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BMW has already begun revitalizing its lineup with the future 3 Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4 Series line. This treatment is also spilling over to the 1 Series , as the three- and five-door models will remain under the 1 Series name, but starting in 2014, the coupe and convertible models become the new 2 Series lineup.

When compared to the 1 Series Coupe — the model it replaces — the new 2 Series Coupe is larger, giving increased interior room for the front and rear passengers. Additionally, the U.S.-spec 2 Series loses the six-cylinder engine used in the 1 Series Coupe and makes use of a new four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and easier on fuel.

BMW will display the new 2 Series Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but it has revealed most of the information ahead of its public showing.

It will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014 at a base price of $33,025. Upon initial release, there will only be two variants available in the U.S.: 228i and M235i. You can see the full review for the high-performance, 2014 BMW M235i here .

Updated 12/16/2013: The BMW 2 Series’ ordering guide has leaked onto the Internet, showing all of the intricate pricing details, including a $500 premium for metallic paints, a $1,450 premium for Dakota leather and all of the optional packages. You can see the guide, after the jump.

Updated 05/30/2014: A leaked ordering guide document revealed prices for the 2015 2 Series. As expected things will remain pretty much unchanged, with the RWD 228i and M235i being priced from $32,100 and $43,100 respectively. AWD option will add another $1,800. New for 2015 model year is the Track Package priced at $2,200. (carscoops)

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe.

While the rest of the auto world is transfixed on the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show , BMW Motorsport is taking the under-the-radar approach in introducing its latest race car: the M235i Racing.

Based on the new 2 Series , the M235i Racing was built to be a competitive and ultimately successful entry-level racecar .

On the surface, the M235i Racing looks like a conservatively modified 2 Series that just came with M Performance billing. But the lack of substantial modifications didn’t come by accident, something BMW Motors W Motors port Director Jens Marquardt said was born out of the impressive components that already come out of the BMW M Performance program.

"The range is already incredibly sporty," Marquardt said. "Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupe up and running as a racing car."

Updated 01/20/2014: BMW unveiled a new series of images of the upcoming M235i Racing car before the car’s official debut at the 2014 DTM racing series.

Updated 02/10/2014: BMW unveiled a new video revealing how the M235i Racing is built. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW 2 Series

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While waiting for the BMW M2 , the company decided to update the recently launched 2 Series Coupe with a meaner appearance thanks to pretty impressive list of M Performance parts. They can be applied to all the models in the lineup and offer both an athletic appearance and sporty interior ambiance to the new 2 Series . All the updates will be available starting March 2014.

Thanks to the new BMW M Performance parts the 2 Series Coupe will also deliver a little bit more power. For example the 220d gets an additional 16 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. For the M235i BMW is offering a new silencer system, tailpipes in chrome or carbon and a limited-slip differential.

All the models will also get a new sports suspension that brings the model closer to the ground by about 20 mm (0.78 inches) plus a new brake system brake system with brake calipers painted in a choice of red, yellow or orange. There is also a new set of 19-inch wheels offered in two design versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Performance parts.

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Everyone expected that once the new BMW 2 Series hit the market, that a more powerful M version would soon follow it. Our spy photographers caught some prototypes testing at Nürburgring, confirming the model. Now, just hours after revealing the 2 Series, BMW has lifted the veil off of the M235i.

Like the 1 Series Coupe preceded the 2 Series, the M135i and 1M preceded the M235i. Unfortunately, the M135i never available in the U.S., and the 1M Coupe was so limited that its order books closed nearly as fast as they opened.

The 1M Coupe was a mighty micro-Bimmer, with its twin-boosted, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine that tortured the concrete with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The M235i will use the same powertrain, but with its output slightly reduced to 322 horsepower.

The M2235i will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will ht the market at $44,025.

Updated 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 05/12/2014: BMW officially announced today that a M235i xDrive version will be added to the lineup starting July 2014. The model will be offered with the same engine as the base version, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will go down to 4.6 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Coupe.


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