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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2014
Price new:$44,025
Internal name:F22
Predecessor:BMW M135i
Successor:BMW M240i xDrive Coupe
Source:Company press release
Last updated:October 25, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionBMW today announced the introduction of an entirely new model series with the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe. This new take on The Ultimate Driving MachineTM will arrive in the US in the first quarter of 2014 as the 228i and the M235i. The BMW M235i, the first M Performance Automobile offered in the US, includes an impressive list of performance enhancing features. This successor to the successful 1 Series Coupe will continue the decades-long tradition of premium sub-compact coupes with impeccable driving dynamics when it makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2014. The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be offered at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i, including $925 destination and handling.

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.

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.

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.

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