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2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe

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  • BMW 2 Series Coupe
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    136 @ 4400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    162 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    33150 (Est.)
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A face-lifted 2 Series is set to hit dealers in July of 2017

A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.

Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

These rides should be no-brainer purchases if you’re on a budget

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

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The 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Retains RWD; Convertible Model Cancelled

The 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Retains RWD; Convertible Model Cancelled

There will be a FWD 2 Series, though

Some members of the BMW 2 Series family will actually retain rear-wheel drive, despite rumors and worries that the lineup would follow the 1 Series trend and go FWD only.

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BMW Shows Off Its Updated 2 Series Tourer And Gran Tourer

BMW Shows Off Its Updated 2 Series Tourer And Gran Tourer

A standard facelift for the multi-purpose vehicles

BMW is giving its MPV duo, the 2 Series Tourer and Gran Tourer, the traditional mid-life refresh, adding in a few select tweaks to the exterior styling and features, as well as new tech in the cabin and small improvements to the powertrain. The people movers won’t see sales here in the U.S., but will continue in the U.K., Germany, and China as soon as March of this year.

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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe

2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe

A face-lifted 2 Series is set to hit dealers in July of 2017

A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.

Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.

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2014 - 2020 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

2014 - 2020 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The Active Tourer and Grand Tourer get facelifts for 2018

BMW is updating its 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Grand Tourer for the 2018 model year with some slight changes to the bodywork, some new bits on the interior, and a few modifications to the drivetrain. Beyond that, the two cars carry on unchanged from their 2015-model-year introduction.

Since BMW’s naming scheme is a bit ambiguous, some explanation is needed. The Active Tourer and Grand Tourer are basically the same car. They ride on the same platform and share the same design, interior styling, and powertrain. The difference comes with the number of seats and the wheelbase length. The Active Tourer seats five while the Grand Tourer is 8.2 inches longer, 1.9 inches taller, and has room for seven people thanks to the added third-row seat.

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2017 BMW M240i M Performance Edition

2017 BMW M240i M Performance Edition

A refreshed 2 Series means a special edition model to go along with it

The BMW M240i represents a lot of things to the 2 Series family. It’s not quite on the level of the M2, but it also offers better performance cues and styling upgrades over other variants of the 2 Series that fall below it in the pecking order. In other words, the M240i is the bridge that connects the 2 Series to the M2. It also happens to be well-endowed with new equipment that helps shape its identity as the M2’s baby brother.

So as we welcome the arrival of the refreshed BMW 2 Series, it comes as no surprise that a limited edition M240i M Performance Edition is following suit with plenty of its own tweaks that help, in BMW’s own words, “express the athletic appeal of the compact sports coupe even more.” We like how BMW phrased that to describe the limited-run M240i M Performance Edition. It’s basically saying that while there are already enough reasons to love the M240i for what it inherently is, there are still ways to make it even better. The special edition M240i does its part in filling those gaps. Only 750 units of the sports coupe will be built so expect the special edition model to sell out quickly once it hits the market this coming July.

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2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible

2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible

The 2 Series Convertible is up for a mild face lift

It’s been three years since BMW started rolling the 2 Series into dealer showrooms, effectively removing the coupe and cabrio body styles from the 1 Series lineup and giving those compacts a new name. Just recently we saw shots of a “facelifted” 2 Series coupe prototype heading out for some testing, and now we’re looking at the convertible version which, coincidentally, is wearing the same little bit of camo. As such, this so-called facelift isn’t bringing much in terms of change, but the car should get a new, smaller grille layout, slightly revised headlights, new graphics for the taillights out back, and maybe even a few changes inside as our photographers have reported that there was some covering over the dashboard. Word has it the engines that motivate the little cabrio that could even get an update, but you’ll want to take that with a grain of salt for now.

The updated 2 Series is expected to be revealed in late 2017 and go on sale for 2018 so there’s still a little while to wait before we get to see the few changes that come with the new model year. But, let’s take a closer look and see what’s going on with this prototype. There might be something interesting lurking in the finer details.

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2016 BMW 2 Series F22 Eurofighter By HGK Motorsport

2016 BMW 2 Series F22 Eurofighter By HGK Motorsport

Entry level BMW M sports car turned into a hellacious drifting machine

The BMW 2 Series isn’t the first car people imagine being an 800-horsepower monster. With a peak output of just 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the 2 Series is good enough to make an impression, but not quite to really turn heads. But thanks to the magic of the aftermarket tuning scene, there is a way to get the 2 Series to get to that 800-horsepower level.

Latvian tuner HGK Motorsport proved as much when it developed a tuning program for the 2 Series that gave it an astounding 820 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque. Of course, a little point of order has to be established because a big part of HGK’s work was taking out the 2er’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replacing it what a 6.2-liter LS V-8 crate engine that’s normally found on the Chevrolet Corvette. That’s what happened here with the 2 Series F22 Eurofighter, a completely reimagined and reconfigured BMW that can race and drift with the best race and drift cars in the game today.

In addition to the massive engine swap and subsequent modifications put into the new V-8, HGK Motorsport also worked on giving the 2 Series a body kit that fits into its new F22 Eurofighter identity. The upgrades are as intense as the engine. The results definitely speak for themselves.

So yes, it is possible for a normal BMW 2 Series to become an all-purpose destroyer on the road. It needs a lot of work – and a completely new engine – but if it’s done right, it can really turn the 2er’s world upside down in a hurry.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

2016 BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

The 2016 BMW M2 is barely out of the box, and it’s already making its debut at SEMA. The new high-performance coupe combines BMW’s 370-horsepower twin-turbo engine and the M Division’s racing expertise into a pint-sized package, and the result is getting rave reviews. Is it ever too early for aftermarket parts, though? The M2 showed up at SEMA displaying a host of new M Performance Parts designed for it. The show car is fully decked out with looks reminiscent of the classic race-bred 3.0 CSL, just in case the M2’s link to BMW’s racing heritage is too subtle.

It may be sitting on the show stand like a one-off concept, but this M2 is displaying parts that will be available in the spring of 2016. The M2’s performance is very well dialed-in already, and M Performance has focused on the car’s appearance instead, with a range of interior and exterior upgrade components.

Updated 07/08/2016: BMW dropped a new video showing the M2 Coupe equipped with M Performance Parts in action on the race track. Hit "play" to watch the new video.

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2017 BMW M240i Convertible

2017 BMW M240i Convertible

The M235i becomes the M240i and approaches the M2 in terms of power

The 2 Series has been around since 2014, replacing the 1 Series coupe and convertible here in the U.S. After just a few short years on the market, a facelift should be coming for the 2017 model year. At first, we only had speculation derived from a leak on Bimmerpost.com, but now BMW has spilled a few of the beans, telling us a little about the upcoming facelift. We still don’t know any details regarding what the facelift brings in terms of aesthetic qualities, but we do know that the facelifted 2 Series will get an upgrade in the power department, so it certainly has that going for it.

For now, the best we can do is guess on what other changes are coming to the 2 Series. We know that the M235i will now be the M240i, and we’re expecting to see some new infotainment technology and a slightly revised exterior. Until Bimmer spills the rest of the beans on the M240i, let’s go ahead and talk about the upgrade in power and other changes. According to BMW’s most recent press releases, the M240i should break cover in July, so let’s get to speculating before BMW pulls the sheet of the facelifted M240i convertible.

Update 6/24/2016: BMW has announced pricing information for the M240i convertible. Check the prices section below for details.
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2017 BMW M240i

2017 BMW M240i

Keeping it fresh in all the right places

For the moment, anyone who climbs the BMW 2 Series model ladder will eventually reach the M235i Coupe. Essentially the penultimate step before the top dog M2, the M235i offers copious sporting cues and performance-oriented hardware, but doesn’t bash the sensibilities (or bank account) quite like its hardcore sibling. Now at the halfway mark in its lifecycle, the compact is due for a refresh for the 2017 model year, which means an updated engine, and consequently, a new name – M240i. So far, official details from the Bavarians are limited, but given what we’re hearing from the rumor mill, you should also expect to see new equipment for the headlights and the cabin.

By all accounts, the M240i is exactly what we need from Bimmer, with more ponies, lower fuel consumption, quicker acceleration, and presumably, the latest gadgetry. Further details will drop this summer, but for now, read on for what we’ve learned so far.

Updated 03/23/2016: BMW announced prices for its latest M240i Coupe. Check the prices section to see how much you will have to pay for both the standard and the xDrive versions.

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BMW Working On New M2 GranCoupé

BMW Working On New M2 GranCoupé

It’s the high-performance variant of the 2 Series GranCoupé we never knew we wanted

BMW is adding yet another model to its M performance division and this time, it looks like it’s based on the 2 Series. The company already has the M2 in the fold, so now it’s giving the 2 Series GranCoupé the M treatment with the impending launch of the 365-horsepower M2 GranCoupé.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing the M2 GranCoupé to serve as a direct challenger to the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, two cars that have been staking their claim in the compact performance segment. Not much is known about what the sports car is going to look like, but there have been a lot of discussions within BMW on how it plans to come up with a gameplay to tackle the issues the stand before them.

Crucial among these issues is the design of the M2 GranCoupé’s body. Senior BMW officials are apparently torn between a traditional four-door coupe design or a more radical five-door lift back. Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s R&D boss, is reportedly keen on taking the more traditional route of a four-door look, but it seems that there’s still a faction within BMW that is championing for a liftback version to create a unique and more practical model when compared to the four-door RS3 and AMG CLA 45.

What appears clear at this point is that the M2 GranCoupé will come with a longitudinally mounted engine and a rear-wheel drive system as opposed to the transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive systems that are being used by its counterparts in Audi and Mercedes-Benz. BMW believes that using this format provides a more engaging drive for future owners of the model, at least compared to the RS3 and the AMG CLA 45.

The M2 GranCoupé is also expected to have a new interior layout that will serve as the basis for the facelifted versions of the 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet. Both models are expected to make their respective debuts in 2020, so having the M2 GranCoupé be the first model to get this new interior look should help increase its appeal.

No actual numbers have been announced, but there’s growing sentiment that the M2 GranCoupé will make use of the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s expected to produce 365 horsepower. Likewise, BMW has kept mum on the performance capabilities of the M2 GranCoupé, although it’s likely that it will have similar numbers as the M2 Coupe, which carries an official 0-to-62-mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard on the M2 GranCoupé with an option to get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission also in the cards.

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2017 BMW 2 Series Unveiled

2017 BMW 2 Series Unveiled

More power from Bimmer’s latest engine lineup

BMW just dropped a few details on the upcoming 2017 2 Series, including specs on its newest generation of turbocharged inline four- and six-cylinder engines. As expected, the model lineup includes the 230i Coupe and 230i Convertible, as well as their high-performance equivalents, the M240i Coupe and M240i Convertible. The non-M’s get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the go-faster models get a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

That’s 15 horsepower and 39 pound-feet more for the M’s. Peak torque for the aluminum six hits between 1,520 and 4,500 rpm, while power peaks at 5,500 rpm. Fuel consumption is lower thanks to an efficient electric coolant pump for the intercooler, an auto start/stop, and brake energy regeneration

Both RWD and AWD are offered. The M models get an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox as standard, while enthusiasts will be happy to know RWD models also get the no-cost option of a six-speed manual. The six-speed has rev-matching technology, while the eight-speed has a wider gear spread.

As for acceleration, the M240i Coupe does the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds with a manual, 4.4 seconds with an automatic, and 4.2 seconds with AWD. Meanwhile, the convertible hits the same speed in 4.7 seconds with a manual, 4.5 seconds with an automatic, and 4.4 seconds with AWD.

Standard spec on the M’s include suspension that’s both stiffer and lower, 18-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, upgraded brakes, variable sports steering, and new aero.

Pricing will be released closer to launch this summer.

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2016 AC Schnitzer ACL2 Concept

2016 AC Schnitzer ACL2 Concept

Is this what the BMW M235i should have become in the first place?

AC Schnitzer is known for making statements in some of the biggest auto shows in the business. Over the years, it has used shows like the Geneva Motor Show to introduce provocative tuning projects. Now the German tuner is bringing an incredible concept vehicle to Geneva that has already left the Internet in a frenzy.

The concept vehicle is called the ACL2. It’s a rather simple name for a concept that’s anything but simple. It’s based on the BMW M 235i, arguably the least heralded member of the BMW’s M family. But don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer because the company performed what I can only describe as some serious tuning magic.

It’s too early to tell if this concept will steal the show at Geneva, but judging by how everyone has been reacting to leaked videos of the car being transported to Geneva, it’s a safe bet that a lot of people will be talking about the ACL2 well after Geneva’s closing day. So get the pens and cameras ready, folks. The ACL2 is already causing a ruckus as it prepares to take the Geneva Motor Show by storm.

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2016 BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid

2016 BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid

BMW gave us a bit of a shock with the 2014 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. At first there was fear that the model would compromise the Identity of the BMW name. Aside from the fact that it is a lower-cost vehicle, it is also front-wheel drive, which skews away from traditional BMW engineering. To some, the front end says, “yes, I am a BMW,” but the rest of the vehicle – including the drivetrain – just didn’t quite fit what some expect from a Bimmer.

Now that the 2 Series has established itself in the market, BMW has decided to add a plug-in hybrid variant of the Active Tourer model. The new model will use the same 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine from the base-model 2 Series, but it will also have an electric motor in the rear. This design means the hybrid version will have front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive (when running on the electric motor only.) Even though the 2 Series fell outside of the normal BMW mold, BMW still managed to supply a vehicle that meets the desires of consumers. The new 225XE hybrid will have a lot of the same features of the non-hybrid version, but will be different in its own way. The 225XE should debut along with the new 330E plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week.

Read on to see my review of the new 225XE.

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BMW M2 Returns To Nurburgring: Video

BMW M2 Returns To Nurburgring: Video

Of all the new cars and SUVs BMW has launched recently, nothing has generated as much attention as the impending introduction of the 2016 BMW M2. It’s no secret that BMW is working on a hardcore version of the 2 Series to succeed the much-loved 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and BMW isn’t doing much to hide it. Quite the opposite, in fact.

With an official introduction expected later this year, a prototype for the 2016 BMW M2 was spotted recently being completely flogged around the Nürburgring. Combining the best attributes from the already-exciting 2014 BMW M235i Coupe and the track-scorching 2015 BMW M4, the M2 has no problem negotiating the famed track. Between the screeching tires and the throaty exhaust, the sounds emanating from this car are enough to get any enthusiast’s blood pumping.

There’s still no official word on the M2’s spec sheet, but the expected output should be somewhere in the 365-horsepower range from the twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. The prototype shown in this video is obviously wearing a more aggressive front fascia, wider tires and a quad exhaust outlet, although it’s not clear if the M2 will be getting any carbon-fiber body panels for additional weight savings. What is completely clear, though, is that this sporty coupe turns on a dime with little fuss.

If driving the 2016 BMW M2 is half as fun as watching the professionals tear it up around the ‘Ring, then get ready for one incredible car.

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BMW 2 Series Could Get RWD Gran Coupe Version

BMW 2 Series Could Get RWD Gran Coupe Version

According to a new report, BMW is seriously considering releasing a four-door version of the 2 Series dubbed the Gran Coupe. What’s more, the report indicates that it will retain the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings of its coupe and convertible siblings.

While the initial release of the Gran Coupe models, like the 4 Series and 6 Series Gran Coupes, confused me a bit, I am starting to get the hang of it. Regardless of my comprehension of the concept behind the Gran Coupe movement for Bimmer, I still don’t understand why BMW is moving into this micro-niche.

Sure, the CLA-Class, which will be the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s main competitor, sold great in its first year, but increased competition and a higher price will likely draw buyers away. The chances of the 2 Series Gran Coupe matching the sub-$30k that drew buyers to Mercedes lots in herds is highly unlikely though, considering the standard 2 Series Coupe starts at over $32,000.

One great thing that I can pull from this report is that BMW will likely keep the Gran Coupe, Coupe, and Convertible versions of the 2er on rear-wheel-drive platforms. This was up for debate as of late, as the 2 Series Gran Tourer uses a front-wheel-drive setup, leading some to speculate the base 2 Series models would follow suit. This should give the future Gran Coupe an advantage over the CLA when it comes to driving dynamics.

We’ll bring you more updates on this topic as info becomes available.

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BMW M2 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video

BMW M2 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Take a look at the original E30 M3 next to the current M3 and M4 twins, and one thing is apparent: the current M cars are huge. The bigger the M3 got over the years, the bigger the gap grew for a smaller (and cheaper) M car in BMW’s portfolio. The fantastic 1 Series M Coupe rectified this to some extent, but it was built in such small numbers that it was nearly impossible to get your hands on one. Even today they’re selling for well over MSRP.

But relief is on the way in the form of the 2 Series-based M2, seen here putting in some hot laps on the Nürburgring. From the looks of these test mules, BMW appears to be in the final stages of M2 development. The psychedelic camouflage hides wider front fenders, similar to the ones seen on the M235i race car, and stylized M-specific front and rear fascias. Of course, there’s also the requisite quad exhaust exits.

Expect to see a detuned version of the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight six from the M3/M4 producing around 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque.The regular 2 Series is actually pretty heavy for its size, so expect the M2 to be put on a diet of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels and aluminum chassis components. That, combined with a short wheelbase, should translate to some agile handling characteristics too. Look for the M2 to be unveiled later in 2015 and to hit showrooms in 2016.

We’re really looking forward to this one.

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BMW M2 Will Deliver 365 HP; Will Go Into Production In November

BMW M2 Will Deliver 365 HP; Will Go Into Production In November

So far, news and speculation surrounding BMW’s highly anticipated M2 has certainly been enticing, and now we’re getting a few extra tidbits to further whet your appetite. The latest suggests that the small, up-and-coming Bavarian corner-slicer will arrive packing 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, with production ramping up this November.

The info comes courtesy of a post at the enthusiast forum 2addicts.com, which cites a source from “deep within BMW HQ.” The M2’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six N55 engine was originally believed to produce closer to 400 horsepower, but the post also says the engine will have an “over boost” function that adds 25 extra pound-feet of torque at the “low to mid range rpms.” This function is similar to that found on the 1M, which added 38 pound-feet for short durations. 

Color options include Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Long Beach Blue metallic, and Mineral Grey metallic. The post says more colors will be added later in production.

Expect deliveries to begin sometime early next year.

Details and rumors on the new entry-level sports car began trickling down in May of 2011. So far, we’ve gleaned the new M2 will be built on BMW’s F22 platform, will use the FR drivetrain layout, and feature a brand-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. Lightweight materials like aluminum, carbon fiber, and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics are expected to see extensive use. 

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Forza Horizon 2 Gamers Recreate BMW M235i Driftmob: Video

Forza Horizon 2 Gamers Recreate BMW M235i Driftmob: Video

Most BMW aficionados out there probably remember the so-called "Epic Driftmob" video from the summer of 2014, when five identical BMW M235i models performed a not-at-all-improvised drift-choreography in a traffic circle in Cape Town, South Africa. About six months later, the Driftmob is back again, only this time not in the real world but the virtual one. More specifically, the stunt is largely identical, only instead of being performed in Cape Town it was made in a virtual traffic circle from the Forza Horizon 2 game.

Aussie YouTuber DomesticMango was apparently approached by BMW and Forza Motorsport to virtually recreate the Epic BMW Driftmob, together with four other Forza Horizon 2 gamers. The result is not exactly identical in nature because of some obvious technical reasons, but there are five red BMW M235i Coupes drifting according to some planned-ahead choreography and snazzy camera angles.

The virtual stunt was put together to bring more attention to the fact that the M235i Coupe has been added to Forza Horizon 2, as part of the latest Top Gear car pack. Just like in the original video, no pedestrians seem to have been harmed during the shenanigans, but what I don’t get is why BMW appears to condone hooning and drifting on the street and not on a circuit. Sure, it’s a racing game, the cars look cool as hell doing those stunts and I’m not trying to sound like an old geezer, but the original video was shot on a real street, and that ain’t kosher.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

2015 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

The seven-seat version of the Active Tourer

BMW took the world by surprise in 2013 by unveiling the 2 Series Active Tourer, a five-seat MPV employing front-wheel-drive and a three-cylinder engine as an entry-level option. The MPV not only cheapened BMW’s image, but also provided yet another hint that Munich began to stray from its performance, RWD heritage. And while it failed to impress as an MPV, mostly because it’s not as spacious or practical as many other vehicles competing in the same segment, BMW decided the Active Tourer needs a seven-seat version, and, as we saw back in 2014, it began testing it soon after the former went on sale.

Come 2015 and Munich’s biggest MPV arrived as the 2 Series Gran Tourer. Essentially a longer Active Tourer with a boxy rear end and seating for up to seven, the Gran Tourer presented itself as "the world’s first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families." For 2018, the Gran Tourer received its mid-cycle facelift with mild updates inside and out. Is this German MPV setting any benchmarks in a segment that’s already crowded in Europe? Keep reading to find out.

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BMW M2 Could Get Inspiration From Vision Gran Turismo

BMW M2 Could Get Inspiration From Vision Gran Turismo

The 2016 BMW M2 is just over the horizon, and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only will it reportedly be powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six that puts down between 380 and 400 horses, but it will be as close to the 2002tii as we’ve come in recent years. It will be small, have two doors, and it’ll be much more powerful than it should be. Oh, and it’ll be rear-wheel drive, just to sweeten the pot a little. And now a new report from the folks at the 2addicts forums shows that the M2 may be even more awesome, as it appears as it will borrow some styling cues from the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

The folks over at the forum managed to do some Sherlock Holmes-style investigating on the most recent spy shots of the M2, and saw some striking similarities between the M2 and the Vision GT Concept. I must say, some of their sleuthing was downright impressive, but some of it is a tad assumptive, as the camo is so heavy in some sections your eyes can play tricks on you – hence that swirly camo… Some of the cues they saw include the air vents on the outer edges of the rear bumper, the rear diffuser, and the air inlets just in front of the rear wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the M2 resembling the Vision GT Concept.

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Mystery BMW 2 Series Prototype Caught Testing in the U.S.: Video

Mystery BMW 2 Series Prototype Caught Testing in the U.S.: Video

Even though the BMW 2 Series was launched in 2014, it seems that the Bavarian carmaker is already hard at work testing some improvements to its smallest coupe. YouTube user Fred Khaz was recently minding his own business on an American highway when he came across a camouflaged 2 Series coupe that obviously stood out in traffic, so he decided to film it. As you can see from the resulting video above, it doesn’t seem that the model has any visual upgrades under that rather heavy camo, which in theory could only mean one of two things.

A first glance I would say that this is an old pre-production prototype that is simply being transported under its own power toward a BMW R&D center, something which is actually highly unlikely given how little time it has been on the market already. A much more probable guess would be that this prototype features some upcoming improvements to the 2 Series lineup. Since a new turbocharged, three-cylinder, gasoline engine has been recently added for the entry-level 218i model in Europe, with deliveries starting in March 2015, it could mean that BMW wants to test this version on U.S. soil as well.

This is no new and fancy engine either, as this 1.5-liter, 136 horsepower three-cylinder is actually borrowed from the latest MINI, where it is fitted transversally as it powers the front wheels. If BMW decides to bring it to the U.S. as well it would make for the cheapest entry-level Bimmer in the current lineup. The current cheapest is the 228i Coupe, which starts at $32,100 MSRP.

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2015 BMW 220d Cabrio With M Performance Parts

2015 BMW 220d Cabrio With M Performance Parts

The 2 Series is BMW’s venture into offering a fun, sporty, luxury ride that’s somewhat affordable. The 220d model packs a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine under the hood, with a choice of either a two-door coupe or cabrio body style. While the base model convertible could be seen as a bit bland, all the trimmings are still available to those souls cavalier enough to take a pen to the options list. Now, it appears as though that list just got a lot bigger with a capital M.

BMW’s tuning division, BMW M GmbH, is responsible for some of the greatest Bimmers to ever touch tarmac. From the Nordschleife to the autobahn, an M badge on a BMW connotes one thing: complete seriousness about performance.

It’s the sort of clout that can sell just about anything, if it’s branded correctly. Case in point: the new performance parts for the 220d. Despite being a diesel-powered convertible, BMW thinks the 220d is ripe for speed tuning, or at the very least, the illusion of speed.

As you can probably guess, the majority of these upgrades are completely cosmetic, offering not much more than homage to sportier, more powerful BMWs classes ahead of the 220d. However, there are a few drivetrain upgrades that could amount to a substantial difference in driving experience. But are they worthy of the M badging? Read on and judge for yourself.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Convertible With M Performance Parts.

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10 Worst Cars of 2014

10 Worst Cars of 2014

While our 10 Best Cars of 2014 article was written to focus on the most newsworthy cars launched in the past year from a positive point of view, we figured that the circle could only be complete if we also take a look at some of the not-so-good vehicles that became part of our world in 2014. Obviously, the presence of some cars on the following list will probably anger a good amount of keyboard warriors and/or diehard fans out there, but that usually goes with the territory and you can’t please every reader every time.

As most of you know, no matter how much soul and poetry a carmaker exudes for some people, the automotive industry is just that, an industry. Industries, like every other business, are here to make money, because otherwise they would simply cease to exist sooner or later. Since marketing is a pretty big part of almost every business’ success, a lot of carmakers rely on intangible details such as brand or model image to sell their products, especially when talking about niche cars.

That is exactly where a lot of them go wrong sometimes, when newly-introduced cars don’t necessarily tick all the right boxes, or at least the minimum required in their brand DNA. From some points of view, this results in a bad car, while from others it simply means that one or more entities that helped to develop said car didn’t do a very good job at some point. Either way, the following list is in no way a professionally-made or objective one and each of the cars on it may very well become a best-seller and a huge success in the future.

With that being said, click past the jump to read more about the 10 Worst Cars Of 2014.

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BMW M2 Will Arrive in 2015 With a Turbocharged Six-Cylinder Engine

BMW M2 Will Arrive in 2015 With a Turbocharged Six-Cylinder Engine

The BMW M4 may have taken the reins from the M3 Coupe as the company’s resident high-performance sports coupe, but the German automaker is preparing another racy two-door with the 2016 arrival of the M2 Coupe.

The new M2 Coupe essentially succeeds the BMW 1M Coupe, which BMW sold on a limited basis in 2011. According to Autocar, the M2 Coupe will sit just above the M235i, creating an aerodynamic gap between the two models to differentiate themselves from each other. The M2 Coupe, for instance, will feature unique front and rear bumpers, front wings, a larger boot lid, and a set of 19-inch wheels as standard features. Once out, the M2 will be dropped into a three-way fight with the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 and the second generation Audi RS3,.

There are still a lot of undisclosed details surrounding the status of the M2 Coupe. Although it’s been known for quite some time that the new sports coupe will feature a new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, the output of this engine remains a mystery. However, M division head Friedrich Nitschke made it clear that BMW M is targeting a magic number of 400 horsepower.

Nitschke admitted that it’s a tricky number to attain even if the technology is in place to attain it quite easily. See, 400 horsepower will be a little too close to the 425-horsepower output of the current M4, so achieving a number in the vicinity of 375 horsepower is the more realistic and practical goal for BMW M. Fortunately, sources within BMW M have told Autocar that the first prototypes of the M2 Coupe have engines that run on that exact number.

The same sources also said that the M2 Coupe will hit 62 mph in 4.4 seconds with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission at its disposal. If that number’s accurate, that would make the M2 Coupe half-a-second faster to 62 mph than its predecessor, but two-tenths-of-a-second slower than the M4. Top speed will remain at 155 mph, the same with all of BMW M vehicles.

The BMW M2 Coupe is expected to hit dealerships in the early part of the 2015 with the M2 Cabriolet following a year later.

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2015 BMW M235i With M Performance Package

2015 BMW M235i With M Performance Package

If I ever find myself wondering what an M Performance-equipped BMW M235i should look like, I’ll have BMW Adu Dhabi to thank for it. What you’re looking at here is an M235i coupe that’s been equipped with M Performance parts. More importantly, this is what the M235i should look like… period.

The modifications are obviously dramatic, highlighting the car’s sporty and aggressive characteristics that BMW’s M division is so famous for. At the risk of sounding like somebody with a car crush, I can’t help but wish this package is available here in the U.S. See how the car’s body color combines well with the red-painted M Performance parts? The red just pops out, creating a sexy balance of two colors that couldn’t be more opposite of one another.

Mind you, that’s just the exterior of the M235i. BMW Abu Dhabi also gifted the same amount of personalization to the interior, which is impressive in its own right.

There’s been no mention on whether this M Performance-equipped M235i is for sale or if it’s just a showpiece designed to show off the M235i’s potential for customization. Either way, it showed us just how awesome the BMW M235i really is.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible M Sport Package

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible M Sport Package

It took BMW about a year to release the 2 Series Convertible to sit alongside the Coupe version, but now that the drop-top is here on official terms, Munich is rolling out all the goodies that come with each new model. This time around, the Germans started with the M Sport Package, a bundle that adds a touch of aggressiveness to the stylish cabriolet. It’s for those looking to get more than just a plain 2 Series Convertible in terms of looks, but can do just fine without the brawnier engines of the M235i or the M2.

As you might have already guessed, the M Sport Package leaves the drop-top’s powertrain unaltered. The proven 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit gets to keep its 240 ponies and 255 pound-feet of torque, which do an excellent job at pushing the 2 Series Convertible from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with rear-wheel drive or 5.6 seconds with the available xDrive system.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW announced its new 2 Series convertible, including the M235i and this 228i, in September 2014. While the M235i will be the choice of most enthusiasts and weekend track rats, the standard 228i and the 228i xDrive will be the ones found at Whole Foods and Macy’s, and will constitute the bulk of 2 Series sales. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the BMW’s latest drop top checks all the right boxes for topless automotive fun.

A high-strung, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger and is backed by an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual. The quick-shifting flappy paddle helps the 228i hit 60 mph in a surprising 5.7 seconds. What’s more, the 228i’s chassis share many of its designs and parts with the 228i coupe, giving it some street cred right out of the box.

The 228i xDrive brings an extra level of usability to the 2 Series Convertible’s lineup. With a normal torque split favoring the rear axle, the xDrive 2 has plenty of sport still in its chassis. However, when the weather turns rough, all four wheels grip the road. The xDrive system even makes itself useful in the dry, helping the 228i xDrive knock a tenth of a second off the 228i’s 0 to 60 mph time.

While the now-dead 1 Series may have been the first drop-top contender in the premium sub-compact segment, the new 228i and 228i xDrive take the legacy into the future. If 1 Series 130,000 units sold worldwide is any indication of the 2 Series Convertible’s potential success, BMW’s latest convertible will have no trouble finding homes.

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2015 BMW M235i Convertible

2015 BMW M235i Convertible

The BMW 1 Series M has been regarded as one of the best pieces of performance machinery to come from the halls of BMW for decades, but sadly it was limited to a very short run of cars and it was only sold as a coupe. Now that BMW has moved its two-door models to the new naming scheme, it seems that we are at least getting a topless model that approaches the same fun and tossability as the 1M Coupe with the freshly announced 2015 M235i Convertible.

It shares many similarities with the new M235i Coupe, but with much more headroom and sunshine. It also marks the first convertible version of an M Performance model. With a turbocharged, straight-six engine, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, it has all the proper bits to make for a truly memorable driving machine.

Like all machines that roll from the BMW factory, the M235i Convertible also promises to offer a sublime blend of handling ability and ride comfort. What else makes this machine different from a regular 2-Series? Read on to find out.

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Video: Volkswagen Golf R vs BMW M235i

Video: Volkswagen Golf R vs BMW M235i

It is not even a tiny bit of a secret that I love my Volkswagen Golf. I love its combination of good looks, practicality, and sporty driving characteristics, but how does it compare against something from BMW? In this episode of Chris Harris on Cars for /DRIVE, Chris takes a look at the latest and greatest seventh-generation Golf R, and he compares it to the new darling from BMW, the M235i.

In usual Chris Harris fashion, there is a bit of wit, a bit of history, and just a dash of sideways. Strangely though, he doesn’t really come to a solid conclusion about which one is best. He just gives us what he sees as the pros and the cons, and leaves it at that.

Seeing as he never came to a full conclusion, I leave it up to you to make your choice. Hit up those comments and tell us which car you think is the better of the two. I’ll be back a bit later to congratulate everyone who I think is right, as well as chide all those who have yet to see the light and truth in this automotive universe.

Now hit play, watch the two cars do their magic, and get to commenting. I am waiting.

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Spy Shots: BMW M2 Spied On The 'Ring

Spy Shots: BMW M2 Spied On The ’Ring

While the redesigned BMW 2 Series and the performance-oriented M235i are freely roaming the streets as we speak, the range-topping M2 is still a long way from showing itself in production guise. Sure, we’ve seen the beefed-up coupe in several spy photos during the first half of 2014, but the two vehicles spotted on inner city streets and on the Nürburgring track were merely test mules wearing various M235i body parts.

Scheduled to break cover in 2015, it seems the M2 is finally starting to take shape, as our paparazzi have caught the coupe during a new test session on the ’Green Hell.’ It’s not the first time the M2 takes on the ’Ring’s twisty course, but this time around, the BMW looks closer to what we’ll be seeing in dealerships for the 2016 model year. The differences between the first mules and the new prototype are massive, especially in the bumper area, meaning this is our best look yet at the upcoming M2.

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

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2015 BMW 2 Series by AC Schintzer

2015 BMW 2 Series by AC Schintzer

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

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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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

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Video: Chris Harris Teaches You How to Drift a BMW M235i

Video: Chris Harris Teaches You How to Drift a BMW M235i

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.

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Spy Shots: BMW FAST Caught Testing Again

Spy Shots: BMW FAST Caught Testing Again

BMW’s brand-new Family Active Sports Tourer (FAST) is inching closer to production. A batch of new spy shots we just received in our inbox reveals the Germans have begun testing the MPV-like crossover outside city limits, as they’re looking to asses the vehicle’s behavior and fuel consumption on longer routes.

Sure, the FAST is still a long way off with the official launch to take place sometime in 2015, but these extensive testing sessions can only mean one thing: BMW wants this new niche vehicle it’s creating to make a major impact on today’s unforgiving market.

The prototype spotted stretching its legs somewhere in Germany is actually the same crossover we saw in early July 2014. The vehicle is still covered in swirly camouflage, with nearly no details left out in the open. In fact, very few things have changed so far, as BMW continues to focus on chassis and powertrain testing.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW FAST.

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Video: BMW M235i Coupes Gather for a Driftmob in Cape Town

Video: BMW M235i Coupes Gather for a Driftmob in Cape Town

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.

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BMW M Teases a New Model; Could it be the M2?

BMW M Teases a New Model; Could it be the M2?

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.

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Spy Shots: BMW FAST Shows Up Once Again

Spy Shots: BMW FAST Shows Up Once Again

When the BMW FAST, short for Family Active Sports Tourer, was first spotted testing in Germany back in 2011, it was believed the new vehicle is scheduled to reach showrooms by 2014. That didn’t happen and the FAST prototype disappeared for a while, only to resurface again in 2013. Now, the vehicle that’s set to create a new niche took German streets once again, hinting that BMW is indeed readying a production version of the Family Active Sports Tourer.

For those of you that are not familiar with FAST, it’s a vehicle destined to sit right under the BMW X1, giving birth to a new crossover niche that blends the flexibility of an MPV and the sporty looks of the next-generation X1. It will share the same UKL platform with the upcoming X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer and carries the same front-wheel-drive configuration. While BMW is still mum on the details, we expect the Family Active Sports Tourer to break cover in 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

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

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Video: Porsche Cayman Vs. BMW M235i

Video: Porsche Cayman Vs. BMW M235i

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.

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2014 BMW M235i RS by TuningWerk

2014 BMW M235i RS by TuningWerk

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 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.

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2014 BMW M235i Racing Nurburgring 24 Hours Edition

2014 BMW M235i Racing Nurburgring 24 Hours Edition

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.

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2014 BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart

2014 BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart

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.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW M2 Looks Great in White

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW M2 Looks Great in White

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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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Caught With its Top Down

Spy Shots: 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Caught With its Top Down

The brand-new BMW 2 Series Convertible has been roaming the streets almost undisguised for nearly a month now, but we have yet to see it with its soft-top folded behind the seats. Well, that ends today thanks to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our trustworthy paparazzi.

Unlike the previous test vehicle, which was painted in a rather dull shade of light grey, the 2 Series depicted in our new photos wears a more attractive shade of white and sports a number of different features. For instance, the bumper has a more aggressive design, while the wheels carry fancier, twin five-spoke styling.

Around back, the diffuser-like piece mounted beneath the bumper is painted black and incorporates single exhaust pipes on each side. The previous 2 Series had the regular twin exhaust configuration on the left side of the apron. In fact, all these modifications are similar to the ones seen on the M135i, meaning there’s a big chance this test car is actually the M235i Convertible that will sit between the regular model and the brawnier M2.

Either way, both the 2 Series Convertible and this slightly meaner version share the same camouflage pattern, with sticky stripes covering the upper part of the front bumper and the edges around the headlamps and the taillights. For some unknown reason, the BMW badge placed above the kidney grille is also tucked away.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW M2 Coupe Caught on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW M2 Coupe Caught on the Nurburgring

It’s been only two weeks since the brand-new BMW M2 Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on public streets for the first time, and the Germans have already taken the high-performance compact for a spin on the notorious Nurburgring track.

Although it wears different license plates, it appears that the vehicle spotted on the "Green Hell" is the same M2 we’ve seen earlier this month. The camouflage pattern is exactly the same, with no modifications whatsoever visible up front or around the back.

The wider fenders, the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors with blue calipers are evidence enough that we’re looking at an authentic M2, but we’re still expecting for a more aggressive front bumper, a larger rear diffuser and the quad exhaust pipes to show up. This will likely happen later in the car’s development, when the production-ready version will take on the street and track.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the M2 will arrive in dealerships with around 400 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful and fastest model of the 2 Series lineup. The oomph will come from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine and help push the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds.

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Spy Shots: BMW 2 Series Cabriolet Drops Lots Of Camouflage

Spy Shots: BMW 2 Series Cabriolet Drops Lots Of Camouflage

It’s been only a week since we had a preliminary look at the BMW M2 Coupe, which was caught testing for the very first time, and now we are able to ogle once again at its drop-top brother, thanks to our skilled spy photographers stationed in Germany.

This is not the first time they’ve caught the compact two-door on the road, but these new photos provide us with the best look yet at the brand-new 2 Series Convertible as the Germans have stripped it of almost all of its camouflage.

Part of the bumpers, the badges, and the edges of the headlamps and taillights are the only elements that are still covered, allowing us to enjoy all of its lines and curves. There’s nothing left to take us by surprise once the last strips of camouflage disappear, so there you go folks, the 2015 BMW 2 Series Cabriolet is basically unveiled!

We can’t help but notice that there are a few nips and tucks that make it look different than the vehicle we’ve rendered a while back, but most of the important cues were spot on, including the twin five-spoke wheels.

If you’re wondering about what engines will pop up under the hood, BMW will most certainly opt for a full transplant from the 2 Series Coupe, which means U.S. dealerships will have two versions on offer. The 228i that will be motivated by a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the brawnier M235i that will carry a 3.0-liter inline-six that generates 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The 2 Series Convertible will also get a diesel mill, but that won’t cross the pond to the United States.

The vehicle’s official launch won’t occur until fall 2014, while production is scheduled to commence in January 2015.

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