The new BMW 2-Series coupe has been gathering a lot of attention this week thanks to leaked photos and speculation, but as of now it has officially been revealed.
The 2-Series coupe is essentially the successor to the 1-Series coupe, and like that car there’s no shortage of engine options. The 2-Series will include six models (model availability depending on market): the 218d, 220d, 220i, 228i, 225d, and 235i. Transmission choices are either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Engine and performance specifications are as follows:
The eight-speed automatic transmission will be equipped with launch control, an ECO PRO mode, as well as a coasting function. BMW claims that the ECO PRO mode will help drivers save fuel, by alerting them when to take their foot off the gas pedal, such as: before corners, junctions, roundabouts and speed-restricted areas. The coasting function will disengage the powertrain at speeds between 50km/h and 160km/h whenever drivers take their foot off the gas pedal.
The 235i will be the only model to be equipped with a BMW M Performance limited-slip differential. The other models will be equipped with Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport), which is activated when the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is turned off. ADB-Sport will brake a wheel that’s spinning under acceleration through corners, sending drive to the other wheel and balancing out traction. BMW is promising a 50:50 weight distribution on all models, while wheel sizes range from 17 inches to 19 inches.
The BMW 2-Series will make its public debut in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show, while its market launch is expected for March 2014. Mainland European base prices have yet to be revealed, but it is expected to range from $33,025 to $44,025 in the US, while in the UK prices are expected to start from £25,040 to £34,250.
By Alex Kisiri