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.

Developed as a successor to the 1 Series Coupe, already a classic among BMW enthusiasts, the 2 Series is not just good-looking, but powerful as well. The 228i delivers 240 horses and strong performance while returning 36 mpg on the highway, and the M235i will make your heart pump faster with the 320 ponies residing under the hood. Add the fuel-efficient, yet still potent diesel engine available in Europe and you got a complete vehicle on your hands. But does this mean the 2 Series can’t be improved upon? Hell, no!

At least not if you ask the folks over at AC Schnitzer, who have been meddling with Bimmers since the late 1960s. There’s no such thing as a new BMW without an AC Schnitzer package, and the 2 Series is the perfect proof that the Aachen-based specialist means business. It didn’t take too long for AC Schnitzer to come up with a series of updates for the 2 Series, which can now benefit from increased output rating across the entire lineup. Well, almost, as the U.S.-spec 228i is not included yet. But AC Schnitzer’s new offering is not just about added horsepower. These compact Bimmers are also enhanced by aerodynamic parts and various interior upgrades. Check them all out past the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about AC Schnitzer’s program for the BMW 2 Series

Launched in 2014 in Europe, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the company’s first front-wheel-drive vehicle. Mainly aimed at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class , the Active Tourer is powered by three different engines. A 1.5-liter, inline-three delivers 136 horsepower, while a 2.0-liter four-banger cranks out 231 ponies. On the diesel side, BMW offers a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder rated at 150 horses and 243 pound-feet of torque. Although U.S. availability for the 2 Series Active Tourer has yet to be announced as of August 2014, the Germans are already working on expanding the lineup, with a plug-in hybrid model is set to arrive in 2015. As we’re moving closer to the year the regular model is likely to hit U.S. shores, BMW has been caught testing a seven-seat version of the Active Tourer.

If you thought BMW went bananas by launching an MPV-like, front-wheel-drive vehicle, then be prepared to meet the Active Tourer’s bigger brother. Is BMW creating another niche? Well, it’s longer and it can carry up to seven people. Guess it’s different enough to survive on its own.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

We subscribe to the school of thought that if you do something long enough, you’re bound to become good at it. Chris Harris has driven cars for a long time, so presumably, he’s also done a lot of drifting in these cars. We’re inclined to believe that holds true, especially because we enjoyed his little instructional video on how to properly drift the BMW M235i .

Chris is taking his talents back to YouTube as part of the reinvented Drive channel. What better way to do get the ball rolling (again) than teaching viewers the art of drifting the M235i . This actually isn’t the first time Harris has done something like this.
He once taped a similar instructional guide to the drifting using his own M5 so this should be right in his wheelhouse. The video itself is almost 12 minutes long, so if you want to take some notes, now’s a good time to get the pen and paper ready.

Like every Harris video, it’s every bit as fun from the start as it is at the end. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two about drifting vehicles in general.

BMW’s teaser showing what appeared to be a high-performance version of the 2 Series coupe turned out to be nothing more than an M235i , and not the M2 we were hoping. Fortunately, the photo was actually previewing a two-minute video showing BMW’s latest driftmob in Cape Town, South Africa. What’s a driftmob, you may ask? Well, it basically consists of several vehicles, in this case M235i coupes, drifting together based on a specific, preset scenario.

For this epic driftmob, BMW also brought together some of the best drifters in the world, including world champion Rhys Millen and the likes of Rich Rutherford, Samuel Hubinette, Conrad Grunewald and Daijiro Yoshihara. The result is about 90 seconds of tail-happy BMWs burning their tires in a roundabout. Not only that, but the coupes dance together with the utmost precision in a performance worthy of an automotive Oscar.

Furthermore, the footage shows just how what an awesome machine the M235i is, although some modifications were required for the scene. The DSC was turned off and the handbrake and gearshift levers were optimized for easier control, but that doesn’t mean the M235i is less drifty in standard guise. However, you shouldn’t try this on public roads, but rather test your skills on a race track or traffic-free road course.

Click past the jump to watch two more videos.

BMW M has just released a teaser image on its Facebook page, announcing that a new model will be unveiled on July 30th, 2014. The company’s performance arm didn’t offer any additional details and the photo shows a blurry red coupe in the background, but it appears we might be looking at the upcoming BMW M2 . Judging by the headlamps and the coupe body style, we’re obviously gazing at a 2 Series , while the front bumper and the lowered ride height suggest we’re dealing with a high-performance version of the small M. Since the M235i has already been introduced, we’re tempted to believe the M2 is about to lose its virtual veil.

However, a previous report said the M2 won’t go into production until late 2015, which means it’s way too early for the coupe to show its face in public. On the other hand, the M2 has been spotted testing numerous time the past two months on both public streets and the Nurburgring track . So what’s BMW up to this time?

Click past the jump to see what this mysterious model could be.

Source: BMW Facebook

Like all of you gearheads, we love track battles. We love it even more when they feature two sports cars that have a lot to prove to us and in some ways, against each other. That’s what we think of the Porsche Cayman and the BMW M235i when you line them up side by side. EVO recently had the opportunity to test both on the track and see which of these two pocket rockets had the upper hand over the other.

It’s important to find an answer, especially when you have two cars that were built to compete against each other. It’s the kind of direct competition that makes a huge deal in the sales figures of both vehicles.

EVO’s Jethro Bovington took both cars out for test runs and came away impressed with both of them. He also had some issues with both cars, but that’s understandable when you place a premium on objectivity.

Bovington ended up determining a clear-cut winner between the Cayman and the M235i, but the time difference was slight. The Cayman has a huge horsepower and torque deficiency when compared to the M235i — 47 horsepower and 119 pound-feet to be exact — but it is lighter, and nimbler than its BMW counterpart. So, which one do you think performs better in Evo’s test? You’ll have to check out this awesome video to find out.

It was in 2014 when the BMW 2 Series Coupe came to replace the outgoing 1 Series Coupe, and shortly following its release, BMW revealed a couple of cool iterations wearing the M235i badge. By time we turn the calendar to 2015, we will have the even more powerful M2 . For the first time in the compact’s career, BMW opted to develop a customer race car under the M235i Racing moniker. Lighter and more powerful than the standard version, the race car is already a common sight in the VLN Endurance Championship and a handful of them managed to run a full 24-hour race at Nurburgring this year.

With the M235i shaping up into a hell of a rival for the compact sports cars such as the Audi TTS or the Nissan 370Z , a brawnier version of the coupe is rolling out in Germany as we speak. This time it’s not BMW that’s responsible for the mighty racer; rather TuningWerk, a small company known for updating any BMW BMW and Mini it can get its hands on, is the mastermind behind this one. Meet the BMW M235i RS, the most powerful 2 Series ever created.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M235i By TuningWerk.

Brought to the market as a replacement for the 1 Series Coupe , the 2 Series inherited everything that made the former a great, back-to-the-roots Bimmer . Introduced in 2013, the 2 Series lineup grew larger in a flash by incorporating the mandatory M235i and the future M2 guises. But unlike most BMWs, the 2 Series also gained a racing version under the M235i Racing moniker.

Why did BMW choose the M235i and not the more nimble and powerful M2 for a race car project you may ask? That’s easy. The M235i Racing is supposed to be an entry-level race car that small privateers and amateur drivers can afford. It’s not a race car that can win a head-to-head battle with the Audi R8 LMS Ultra , but it does provide the thrills of racing for less than $90,000. That may sound like a lot even for a BMW-badged vehicle, but it’s pretty cheap given today’s racing scene.

Introduced last year, the 2014 BMW M235i Racing is already doing what it knows best at the hands of private teams, but the Germans decided to step in and field an entry of their own at this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i Racing Nurburgring 24 Hours Edition.

The BMW 2 Series doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as it should. You can blame the 4 Series for that. The same can even be said for the M235i and the M4 , with the latter getting much more of the publicity. So thank you, Manhart , for giving the M235i some love. You didn’t have to do it, but you still did, giving the baby M a nice MH2 Clubsport program that features plenty of aerodynamic and performance upgrades to soundly accomplish its club sport capabilities.

A car developed for Club sport Racing needs to be treated delicately. Thankfully, Manhart is up to task with the M235i Coupe , outfitting with the kind of comprehensive program that not only gives it plenty of new aerodynamic components to make it lighter but to match it with a stout engine upgrade that significantly increases the car’s already impressive output.

There are a lot of incredible parts about the MH2 Clubsport program. It’s a testament to the incredible work put in by Manhart Racing to raise the M235i’s profile as a natural born racer.

The 4 Series and the M4 can get their accolades. Just don’t forget about the M235i, too. It’s every bit as good a pocket rocket as the best of the lot.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart.

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to see the all-new BMW M2 Coupe take some hot laps on the Nurburgring track. And that’s because I’ve been waiting for a worthy successor to the 1M Coupe ever since the Germans axed the older model.

If you’re as excited as I am, then you’ll be happy to find out that a new batch of spy shots featuring the M2 just landed in our inbox. Sure, this is not the first time the BMW M2 went out for a stretch, but it’s the most action we can get until BMW takes that annoying camouflage off the performance coupe .

Speaking of swirly wraps, the version that was photographed while wandering through city traffic wears a lot more camouflage than the previous mule . There’s no reason to be disappointed though, as this M2 is much closer to its final production form. It’s only now that we get to see its M-spec front and rear bumpers, as well as its hot exhaust configuration.

Unfortunately, the flared fenders and those nicely sculpted bumper details are still hidden from our sight, but there’s a new set of wheels we can ogle at. Oh, and don’t forget about the fatter performance tires, the drilled brake rotors, and the black calipers. They’re all there to help the M2 make better use of the turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline-six engine and its 400-horsepower potential.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2.


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