Germany's worst keep secret is finally official as BMW has taken the wraps off the 2014 2-Series Coupe.
Designed to replace the 1-Series Coupe, the 2-Series Coupe promises to raise the bar in terms of "dynamic ability, aesthetic appeal and emotional allure."
Looking sporty and luxurious, the model has a distinctive front fascia with a unique grille, bespoke headlights and large air intakes. There's also subtle contours, an upward sweeping character line and L-shaped taillights.
The 2-Series is slightly larger than its predecessor as it is 72mm longer, 32mm wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 30mm. This results in a more accommodating cabin that boasts additional head- and legroom as well as a larger trunk that holds up to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) of luggage.
The cabin is heavily influenced by the 1-Series and comes equipped with cloth seats and satin silver trim. Options include Dakota leather upholstery, brushed aluminum or fineline stream wood trim and a 6.5- or 8.8-inch iDrive display.
As usual, the 2-Series will be offered in Sport Line, Modern Line and the M Sport trim. The latter adds an aerodynamic body kit, a revised grille and a chrome exhaust finisher. There's also a sport-tuned suspension (which reduces the ride height by 10mm) and 17-inch M light alloy wheels. The model also boasts sport seats, aluminum hexagon trim, M-brand sill plates and revised instrumentation.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. The 220i has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder that develops 184 HP (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds and hit a top speed of up to 235 km/h (146 mph).
On the diesel side, the 218d has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that churns out 143 HP (105 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to dash from 0-100 in 8.9 seconds (8.6 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and max out at 213 km/h (132 mph).
Likewise, the 220d has a 2.0-literTwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine with 184 HP (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to run from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds (7.1 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and top out at 230 km/h.
The 225d also uses the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine but it develops 218 HP (160 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The extra power allows the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph).
Lastly, the M235i has a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six that cranks out 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to run from 0-100 in five seconds (4.8 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 2014 BMW 2-Series will go on sale in Germany in March.
Update: BMW USA has announced the 228i will be priced from $33,025 while the M235i will retail for $44,025.
A new dimension in dynamics. The BMW 2 Series Coupe.
Unbeatable driving dynamics in the premium compact segment.
• Emotionally appealing aesthetics in typical BMW Coupe style.
• Sporting tradition dates back to the BMW 02 range.
This is not the first time that BMW has treated the compact segment to its customary brand of driving pleasure. The BMW 1 Series, for example, has fulfilled this role for almost 10 years now, 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. And now the BMW 2 Series Coupe takes the levels of driving pleasure on offer in a compact model to even greater heights. The new two-door cuts a particularly impressive figure with its distinctive body design, a range of extremely powerful engines and specially configured chassis technology.
There is clear water between the BMW 2 Series Coupe and the BMW 1 Series, the new model assuming a character all of its own. This differentiation is immediately recognisable 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 resoundingly successful BMW 1 Series Coupe (of which more than 150,000 units have been sold worldwide). 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 compact segment, highlighted by the “2” in the new car’s model designation. The number 2 has denoted the presence of a supremely sporting driving experience in a compact two-door car for over 45 years – ever since the introduction of the BMW 02 range.
Characteristic features of 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 Coupe from the BMW brand, and the design features that identify a member of this special breed – 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 – are carried over into a compact model with greater enthusiasm and intent than ever. The ultra-sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Coupe – generated by a hand-picked selection of engines and chassis technology tuned to make the perfect pairing – are thus unambiguously expressed in the design of the exterior. The 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder engine in the BMW 220i Coupe is making its debut in a compact BMW model, and the 240 kW/326 hp six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet of the BMW M235i Coupe earns it top billing as the most powerful petrol-driven member of the BMW M Performance Automobile line-up.
The specific proportions of the BMW 2 Series Coupe are contained within a body measuring 4,432 millimetres in length. The two-door model is therefore 108 millimetres longer than the BMW 1 Series and 72 millimetres longer than the outgoing BMW 1 Series Coupe. The new compact Coupe is also 26 millimetres wider than its predecessor (at 1,774 millimetres), and has a
30-millimetre longer wheelbase (2,690 millimetres) and wider tracks (front: 1,521 millimetres, +41 millimetres; rear: 1,556 millimetres, +43 millimetres).
At the same time the vehicle height has been lowered by 5 millimetres to 1,418 millimetres. The result is an increase in interior space and 20 litres of extra boot capacity (now 390 litres). Added to which, 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 220i Coupe.
Sporting tradition on a compact footprint.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe builds on the brand’s tradition of 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 1966 of the BMW 1600-2, for instance, opened up a whole new vehicle segment. Inspired most profoundly by its precisely tailored package of powertrain and chassis technology, the two-door Coupe became a global standard-bearer for sporty handling and intense driving pleasure in the compact car segment. Additional engine variants increased the appeal of the new model series. For example, the BMW 2002 presented in 1968 took centre stage – in terms of both popularity and its success in turning “Freude am Fahren” (Sheer Driving Pleasure) from a slogan into an experience for whole new target groups. The most spectacular variant was the 125 kW/170 hp BMW 2002 turbo – the first model from a European manufacturer to gain the services of a turbocharger.