- Six-Speed Manual
- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 240 @ 5000
- Torque @ RPM:
- 258 @ 1250
- 2.0 L
- 0-60 time:
- 5.4 sec.
- Top Speed:
- 130 mph
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 10/25/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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Updated 06/25/2013: Bimmertoday reports that the new BMW 2 Series Coupe will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with the convertible version to follow a few months later. There will also be a M235i variant prepared for a 2014 launch.
Updated 10/09/2013: An online configurator accidentally placed on the BMW’s official South African site revealed the full official specs of the upcoming BMW 2-series. Of course the configurator is not there anymore, but a few moments were enough to learn that the 220i version will be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds and up to a top speed of 146 mph. The 220d version will get a 2.0-liter diesel unit with an output of 181 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 7.1 seconds and the top speed is also 146 mph. On the South African market the 220i is priced at $37k and the 220d at $39k. (2addicts)
The new 2 Series Coupe features the usual design elements we have seen in all the coupe models from BMW: a three-box body with clearly defined boot and low-slung silhouette, a long bonnet, doors with frameless windows and a dynamically stretched roofline flowing smoothly into the rear end.
Up front, the new 2 Series Coupe gets the standard BMW kidney grille that features a three-dimensional design with 11 vertical bars and is separated from the headlights by narrow strips on either side — an odd move, considering Bimmer recent movement to the to-the-grille headlight design . The lower air intake is divided into three sections, with the two outer ones featuring the same shape as the headlights.
The headlights feature a modified contour and BMW offers them with a standard accent strip or an optional LED accent light when buyers check the optional bi-xenon light box.
The taillights have the typical BMW L-shape, while the trunk lid features specially designed lines and the rear apron gets additional diffuser element.
Customers can choose between two non-metallic and 10 metallic paints, with a special Estoril Blue metallic offered as part of the M Sport package.
When moving up to the M235i, the 2 Series gains a more aggressive front apron with large air inlets and a mean-looking splitter; side skirts to add some extra detail from a side view; a more stylish trunk lid that has an integrated spoiler; and a rear apron that includes a plastic, diffusor-like insert and some extra creases for better styling.
228i Vs. M235i - Front Styling
228i Vs. M235i - Profile Styling
228i Vs. M235i - Rear Styling
M Sport Package Includes
- Large front air intakes
- Striking side skirts
- Diffuser for the rear apron
- Special design for the BMW kidney grille
- Exhaust tailpipe embellisher in high-gloss chrome
- Bespoke suspension tuning (including a 10-millimetre drop in ride height and 17-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design)
|Front track||59.9 inches|
|Rear track||61.3 inches|
Just like with any other BMW model, the interior of the 2 Series Coupe is defined by the same driver-focused design of the cockpit, contemporary functionality and high-quality materials.
As standard, the 2 Series offers cloth seating, but buyers can opt for a Dakota leather trim. Also standard is matte Satin Silver trimming, but as an option there is also brushed aluminum trim or Fineline Stream wood.
The model also offers an Easy Entry function that makes accessing the rear seats less of a strain — a common complaint in coupes. When compared to the previous 1 Series Coupe, the new 2 Series Coupe offers an increased legroom by about 21 mm (0.82 inches).
When the customer will opt for the optional navigation system or the BMW Professional radio, the model will also be equipped with a BMW iDrive operating system.
M Sport Package Includes
- Sports seats for the driver and front passenger
- Aluminum Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue
- Special dial design for the instrument cluster,
- Ambient lighting
- M driver’s footrest
For the U.S. market, the only version available will be the 228i Coupe, aside from the M235i .
The 228i is powered by a 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, and peak torque of 258 pound-feet delivered between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The new coupe comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed manual is available.
The 228i can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph. Despite these impressive performance figures, the 228i Coupe delivers a fuel economy of 23 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined when equipped with the 8-speed sport automatic gearbox. With the six-speed manual, the 228i delivers 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.
The 228i’s optional eight-speed, automatic gearbox features gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and a "Launch Control" function that enables traction-optimized, dynamically maximized acceleration off the line.
The model is also equipped with a standard "Driving Experience Control" switch with four driving modes: COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT + and ECO PRO.
The M235i comes in with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine that cranks out a stout 322 horsepower between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm, and 332 pound-feet of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.
Standard on the M235i is an eight-speed auto box that combines with teh powerful six-pot to sprint the coupe to 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds (with launch control activated).
For those that like to row their own boat, the M235i also has a no-cost optional six-speed, manual gearbox. This manual box raises the sprint time to 5 seconds.
|Engine||2.0-Liter, Four-Cylinder||3.0-Liter, I-6|
|Engine Technology||BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, fully variable valve control (VALVETRONIC) and double-VANOS variable camshaft control||BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, fully variable valve control (VALVETRONIC) and double-VANOS variable camshaft control|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||240 @ 5,000 - 6,500||322 @ 5,800 - 6,000|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||258 @ 1,250 - 4,500||332 @ 1,3200 - 4,500|
|Acceleration (0–60 mph)||5.4 seconds||4.8 Seconds (W/ Launch Control|
|Top Speed||130 MPH||(155 MPH W/ M Sport or Sport Line Package) 155 MPH|
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)||Automatic: 23 MPG / 35 MPG / 27 MPG Manual: 22 MPG / 34 MPG / 26 MPG||Automatic: 22 MPG / 32 MPG / 25 MPG Manual: 19 MPG / 28 MPG / 22 MPG|
Suspension and Brakes
The new 2 Series Coupe features a double-joint front suspension with spring struts and anti-roll bars, and a five-link rear suspension. The chassis makes use of lots of aluminum to help lower the center of gravity and create perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
Customers can equip their 2 Series with an Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, and an M Sport suspension with extra-stiff spring and shock absorber settings.
Standard features on the new 228i include: DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function and Start-Off Assistant.
The M235i comes with a specially configured suspension that allows fpr more precise handling. Additionally, the M model gets a standard Sport Braking system, variable sport steering and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels. These wheels comes wrapped in 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber up front and 245/35R18 Michelin rubber out back.
The new BMW 2 Series Coupe will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the first quarter of 2014. Prices will start from $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i.
|Model||MSRP (Including Destination Charge)|
|2014 BMW 228i||$33,025|
|2014 BMW M235i||$44,025|
There was always a battle between German makers, and the only real competitor from Germany for the 2 Series to date is the Audi TT — we’re that’ll change soon enough. The 2014 TT is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s total output may be a little lower than the 228i, but that quattro all-wheel drive makes a huge impact on its performance, hence its 5.3-second 0-to-60 mph time.
The current TT starts out at $39,000, so it is significantly pricier than the 228i, but it also comes with a better-equipped cabin as standard.
Keep in mind, however, that Audi is working on a new-generation TT that we expect to see sometime next year.
gallery: Audi TT
The FR-S is no luxury coupe, but it is the perfect option for buyers looking for a cheaper option to the 228i. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, boxer-four engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Sure, it is significantly slower than the 228i, but its $24,930 base price may change your mind, and its one of the most fun cars to drive at that price.
gallery: Scion FR-S
The "2 Series" is all-new to the BMW lineup, but is comes in to replace the 1 Series Coupe. If you are wondering why BMW made this decision, well the answer is quite simple: it wants to further differentiate the models it offers.
The 1 Series was launched in 2004, but a coupe version didn’t arrived until late in 2007 for Europe and 2008 for the U.S.
The 1 Series shares more than 60 percent of its technology with the 3 Series, including the 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder engine initially offered for the American market.
The 1 Series Coupe version received its first update in 2011 when BMW offered a new exterior and interior look and replaced the N54 twin-turbo engine with the N55 engine.
For the North American market, the 1 Series Coupe is offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder with 230 horsepower for the 128i version and a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder with TwinPower Turbo technology and 300 horsepower for the 135i version.
gallery: BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 2 Series Coupe is a nice addition to the company’s lineup. It looks sportier and a little bit more aggressive than the 1 Series Coupe it replaces. To sweeten the pot little, it is also more powerful and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Too bad that BMW decided to only bring one version for the American market, but that will likely change through the years.
Nice updates over the 1 Series Coupe
Powerful four-cylinder engine and awesome M235i
Good fuel economy
Just one version for the American market
A very, very niche market for BMW
gallery: BMW 2 Series Coupe
This is not the first time that BMW has treated the sub-compact segment to its customary brand of driving pleasure. The tradition took hold in the US 45 years ago with the introduction of the vaunted BMW 2002. The BMW 1 Series Coupe has fulfilled this role since 2008, its standout position among its rivals rooted most prominently in its rear-wheel-drive concept (still a unique proposition in this class), powerful engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a compelling premium character. TheBMW 2 Series Coupe now takes the levels of driving pleasure in a sub-compact coupe to even greater heights. The new two-door cuts a impressive figure with its distinctive body design, a choice of two powerful engines and specially configured chassis technology.
There is clear differentiation between the BMW 2 Series Coupe and the current 1 Series with the new model assuming a character all its own. This differentiation is immediately recognizable in the design of the new car, but it also makes its presence felt in terms of performance. The BMW 2 Series Coupe is an even more eye-catching creation than its predecessor, the successful BMW 1 Series Coupe. As well as a standalone appearance and increased dimensions, there is also greater depth to its product substance in terms of both technology and standard equipment. The result is a new dimension in driving dynamics, aesthetic appeal and premium allure in the sub-compact segment, highlighted by the “2” in the new car’s model designation. The number 2 has denoted the presence of a sporting driving experience in asub-compact two-door car for 45 years – ever since the introduction of theBMW 2002.
Characteristic features o f a BMW Coupe.
The specific vehicle concept behind the BMW 2 Series Coupe – unique in its segment – is faithfully reflected in its body design. The two-door model is first and foremost a BMW Coupe, and the design features that identify a member of this special breed – a three-box body with clearly defined trunk and low-slung silhouette, a long hood, doors with frameless windows and a dynamically stretched roofline flowing smoothly into the tail – are carried over into a sub-compact model with greater enthusiasm and intent than ever. The ultra-sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe – thanks to a choice of two powerful engines and chassis technology tuned to make the perfect pairing – are thus expressed in the design of the exterior. The 240 hp N20 TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the BMW 228i Coupe makes its debut in a sub-compact BMW model, and the 322 hp inline six-cylinder engine under the hood of the BMW M235i Coupe earns it top billing as the most powerful gasoline-powered member of the BMW M Performance Automobile line-up.
The specific proportions of the BMW 2 Series Coupe are contained within a body measuring 174.5 inches (4,432 mm) in length. The two-door model is therefore 2.8 inches (72 mm) longer than the outgoing BMW 1 Series Coupe. The new sub-compact Coupe is also 1.3 inches (32 mm) wider than its predecessor at 69.8 inches (1,774 mm), and has a 1.3 inch (30-mm) longer wheelbase (105.9 inches/2,690 mm) and wider tracks (front: 59.9 inches/1,521 mm, + 1.6 inches/41 mm; rear: 61.3 inches/1,556 mm, +1.7 inches/43 mm). At the same time the vehicle height has been lowered by 0.2 inches (5 mm) to 55.8 inches (1,418 mm). The result is an increase in interior space and 0.7 cu.ft. (20 liters) of additional luggage capacity (now 13.8 cu.ft./390 liters, based on EU measures). The BMW 2 Series Coupe also boasts more efficient aerodynamics than both the BMW 1 Series and its predecessor, as reflected in a Cd of 0.29 for the BMW 228i Coupe.
Sporting tradition o n a sub-compact footprint.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe builds on the brand’s tradition of sub-compact models offering a satisfying degree of driver engagement. And the presence of the 2 in the model designation creates a close link to this heritage. The introduction in 1968 of the BMW 2002, for instance, opened up a whole new vehicle segment in the US. Inspired by its precisely tailored package of powertrain and chassis technology, the two-door Coupe became a standard-bearer for sporty handling and intense driving pleasure in the sub-compact car segment. The BMW 2002 took center stage – in terms of both its popularity and its success in acting as the first building block in the foundation of what is now widely known as The Ultimate Driving Machine. The most spectacular version was the 170 hp BMW 2002 turbo – the first turbocharged model from a European manufacturer.
Strong character cuts a distinctive figure.
• Typical Coupe proportions, dynamic lines, powerful forms.
• Bespoke front and rear detailing accentuates its sporting profile.
• Optional Sport Line and M Sport create scope for individualization.
A beguiling blend of sporting prowess and elegance marks out the design of BMW Coupes. And the exterior features which are such a key element of this identity have been carried over to the sub-compact segment car with greater purpose than ever for the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The proportions, lines and surface design of the car have all been tailored to accentuate both the agile driving properties of the two-door and its unique appearance. The BMW 2 Series Coupe has its own specific design language, which secures it a stand-out position in the brand’s model range and – most importantly – sets it apart unmistakably from its segment rivals.
Sporting presence, muscular agility and assured elegance come together in the exterior design of the BMW 2 Series Coupe. Defining elements of its interior, meanwhile, include the driver-focused cockpit design you expect of a BMW and a light and contemporary brand of functionality. The car’s more clearly distinguished design identity illustrates its progress in moving the game on from its predecessor. The BMW 2 Series Coupe reflects The Ultimate Driving in more concentrated and intense form than ever before in the premium sub-compact segment.
Classic BMW features in a fresh take on the traditional Coupe.
The individual vehicle concept of the BMW 2 Series Coupe is underlined by its specific front and rear end design, dynamically stretched lines and an almost 4.3 inch (110 mm) increase in body length over the BMW 1 Series. Characteristic design elements of a BMW Coupe have been carried over into the sub-compact segment and signature brand features have been given a fresh twist.
Another stand-out feature of BMW Coupes – the hallmark three-box body structure with a clear distinction between roofline and trunk– has a clear presence in the new sub-compact model. Like the side swage lines that wrap around into the tail, this feature picks up on characteristic styling elements of the BMW 2002, drawing a link between the new car and the brand’s long tradition of sporting and agile sub-compact models.
Lines tapering down dynamically towards the BMW kidney grille lend the front end of the BMW 2 Series Coupe a forward-surging presence. The modified contours of the headlight units narrow at their inner extremes, while a standard accent strip – or an LED accent light, if the Adaptive Xenon lights are fitted – cuts across the top of the hallmark BMW twin circular lights. The BMW kidney grille, which is separated from the headlights by narrow strips on either side, protrudes clearly from the front of the car and slants forward at a slight angle. The three-dimensional design of the grille surround and its 11 vertical bars reinforce the car’s striking appearance. The lower air intake is split into three sections. The two outer elements are particularly large and their outlines replicate the form of the headlight units. Air Curtains are integrated harmoniously into an additional section at the outer edges of the front apron and channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders, causing it to hang over the wheels like a curtain. This reduces turbulence and further enhances the outstanding aerodynamics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The profile of the BMW 2 Series Coupe sees signature brand features like a long hood, short overhangs, set-back passenger compartment, Hofmeister kink and door handles integrated into the swage line blending with coupe-specific design elements, chief among them the slim window graphic and sweeping roofline gliding back smoothly into the rear end. A prominent character line above the door sill sweeps up rearwards of the B-pillar into the rear wheel arch, whose powerfully flared form focuses the mind on the car’s rear-wheel drive and swells the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s body to its broadest point. The dynamic wedge shape is emphasized, too, by the door sill line itself, which likewise rises up towards the rear. The BMW 2 Series Coupe also has doors with frameless windows and turn signal indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors.
The rear of the BMW 2 Series Coupe offers a broad and powerful stance, an impression reinforced by the single-piece light units reaching far into the car’s flanks in the L-shape familiar from other BMW models. An unmistakable night design is provided by the likewise L-shaped LED rear light strips within the units. The third brake light positioned at the upper edge of the rear window is also fed by LEDs.
The lines along the sides of the trunk lid taper downwards slightly. This styling cue, along with the additional crease and suggested diffuser element in the rear apron, accentuates the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s road focus and low center of gravity. And yet the new car also has a wider trunk opening than its predecessor.
The exterior paintwork of the BMW 2 Series Coupe can be ordered in a choice of two non-metallic and 10 metallic shades, while customers can also specify Estoril Blue metallic as part of M Sport.
Interior: cockpit design ensures maximum driving pleasure; p r e m i u m a m b i e nc e can be enjoyed from four seats.
The dominant themes of the BMW 2 Series Coupe’s interior are the driver- focused design of the cockpit, contemporary functionality and high-quality materials. An Easy Entry function for the front seats facilitates access to the two rear seats, which offer 0.8 inches (21 mm) more legroom than the outgoing Coupe, while headroom for the driver and front passenger has grown by a similar extent. Functionality levels are raised another notch by features including large storage compartments in the doors. The structure of the surfaces for the instrument panel, center console and door trim is dominated by the “layering” effect created by various overlapping surfaces. The length of the doors is emphasized by the converging lines of the door trim elements.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe is fitted with the BMW iDrive operating system, which includes a freestanding onboard monitor in flat screen design. The Control Display comes in 6.5 or 8.8-inch form, with Navigation, while the Controller on the center console has a touch-sensitive surface which allows the driver to input characters (if equipped with the Navigation system).
Dakota leather trim is available as an alternative to the standard Sensatec seat surfaces in a choice of three colors. The interior trim strips come in matt Satin Silver as standard but are also optionally available in brushed aluminum or Fineline Stream exquisite wood.
Serving th e cause of individual style: BMW Sport Line and M Sport.
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. BMW Sport Line brings a high-gloss black finish for the outer air intake surrounds, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the center air intake and the rear apron, emphasizing the dynamic credentials of the two-door newcomer. Also available from the launch of 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. In addition to aluminum door sill strips bearing the M logo, features such as sports seats for the driver and front passenger, Aluminum Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue, a special dial design for the instrument cluster, ambient lighting and an M driver’s footrest also combine to bring an intense aura of sporty driving to the interior of the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The driving experience: A perfect balance of agility, efficiency and comfort.
Choice of two engines with BMW TwinPower technology.
Unique in its segment: the eight-speed sport automatic transmission.
Driving Experience Control standard
Variable sport steering, M Sport braking system and Adaptive M suspension all standard on the M235i and optional on the 228i.
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology ensures an unbeatable balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy for the BMW 2 Series Coupe. The engine line-up for the BMW 2 Series Coupe, the advanced chassis technology tuned precisely to the engine output and the rear-wheel-drive configuration, unique in its segment, provide a sporty driving experience beyond the reach of any rival, combined with outstanding comfort. The standard Driving Experience Control also gives drivers the option – at the touch of a button – of adjusting the car’s set-up to their individual preferences or the driving situation at hand.
A four-cylinder gasoline engine putting 240 hp at the disposal of the BMW 228i Coupe shares the center stage, with an inline six-cylinder engine developing 322 hp, in the BMW M235i Coupe.
Both models come standard with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters for fuel consumption and emissions figures that are even lower than those achieved with the available six-speed manual gearbox. All model variants come with extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology.
BMW 228i Coupe: efficient power from 2.0-liter displacement.
The engine powering the BMW 228i Coupe sources significantly higher output from its 2.0-liter displacement than the inline six-cylinder available for its predecessor, the BMW 128i. The driver can rely on the services of 240 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 258 lb-ft which is on tap between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine makes for a compelling proposition thanks to a familiar BMW appetite for revs and an impressive level of efficiency. Its BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package comprises a twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic fully variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control.
The BMW 228i Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph/210 km/h or 155 mph/250 km/h. Preliminary EPA fuel economy estimates for the 228i are 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the 6-speed manual.
Sport automatic with Launch Control, EC O PRO mode with coasting function.
Both models of the BMW 2 Series Coupe in the US will come standard with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, which uses ultra-fast gear changes to underline the dynamic character of the Coupe. It features gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function, which enables traction-optimized, dynamically maximized acceleration off the line. All the 0 to 60 mph acceleration figures for the automatic variants of the BMW 2 Series Coupe were recorded using Launch Control.
The standard Driving Experience Control switch on the center console allows the car’s set-up to be adjusted at the touch of a button through COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT + and ECO PRO settings. The Driving Experience Control switch can also be used to modify the car’s accelerator mapping and steering characteristics as well as – depending on specification – the responses of the automatic transmission and shock absorbers.
In ECO PRO mode the car encourages a particularly relaxed as well as frugal driving style. BMW 2 Series Coupe drivers also reap the benefits of the latest addition to the fuel-saving arsenal – the coasting function, available in conjunction with the automatic transmission. At speeds between 30 and 100 mph (approx. 50 and 160 km/h), the powertrain is disengaged as soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator. If the Navigation system is specified, drivers can also enjoy the optional Active Driving Assistant. In ECO PRO mode this system alerts drivers to the ideal fuel-saving moment to take their foot off the gas ahead of corners, junctions, roundabouts and speed-restricted areas.
The standard BMW EfficientDynamics technology also includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, an Optimum Shift Indicator and the Auto Start/Stop function.
Adv a n ce d chassis technology tuned precisely t o the engine’s output. The advanced chassis engineering of the BMW 2 Series Coupe includes elements such as a double-joint spring strut front suspension with spring struts and anti-roll bars, and a five-link rear suspension. The chassis has a large amount of aluminum and has been adapted specially to suit the output of the engine fitted. This allows the driver to fully exploit the dynamic potential of the new Coupe, to which a low center of gravity, a much wider track compared to its predecessor and ideal 50:50 weight distribution make key contributions. This creates a harmonious blend of sporting agility and ride comfort in everyday driving.
Variety o f options to tailor the car’s handling to personal preference:
The M Sport braking system, standard on the M235i for the US features fixed calipers, four pistons at the front wheels and two pistons at the rear, and particularly large brake discs. The calipers are painted dark blue and carry the M logo. Another item available from the Original BMW Accessories range is the BMW M Performance braking system with even larger, compound cross-drilled discs and calipers painted in either red, orange or yellow.
The selection of optional equipment includes Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Sport suspension with extra-stiff spring and shock absorber settings. Both set-ups come with a 10-millimetre reduction in ride height. The BMW M Performance sports suspension (also available from the Accessories range) goes a step further still, offering customers a 20-millimetre drop in ride height, bespoke shock absorbers and shorter, red-painted coil springs for their BMW 2 Series Coupe from launch.
The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system comes complete with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These tools are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function and Start-Off Assistant. In DTC mode, the response thresholds of the driving stability system are set at a higher level. This allows the driver to make use of controlled slip through the driven wheels to pull away on snow or loose surfaces and when taking a particularly dynamic approach to cornering. In DSC Off mode, the Active Differential Brake (ADB- Sport) on the rear axle is activated. Here, a carefully calculated degree of braking force is applied to a spinning driven wheel under acceleration through tight bends, so that drive can still be channeled through the other wheel on the axle and traction levels optimized.