This is the new BMW 2-Series coupe — details, along with a video and a boatload of pictures. For those that have not been keeping up with the news, the small two-door is essentially the 1-Series coupe with a name change. The 1 Series convertible will also adopt the 2 Series moniker.
The 2 Series has a sportier, more sloping coupe-like profile than the 1 Series Coupe. The front end looks familiar, but features a grille and headlight design similar to those found on the latest 3 Series. The sheetmetal is accented by subtle creases and an upward sweeping character line, while the taillights have an L-shape to them. In short, it looks less goofy and more substantial than the model it replaces.
Of all the available trim levels, the 2-Series with M Sport package will be the fiercest, thanks to an aerodynamic body kit, a restyled grille and a chrome exhaust finisher, as well as sport seats, aluminum hexagon trim, M-brand sill plates and a revised instrument panel. It will also have the best handling, thanks to its sport-tuned suspension and 17-inch M light alloy wheels.
Compared to the 1 Series Coupe, the 2-Series is 72 mm longer, 32 mm wider and has a 30 mm longer wheelbase. That of course means a more capacious cabin that offers better head and legroom for occupants, as well as a larger, 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) trunk for their luggage.
Room aside, the interior comes standard with cloth seats and satin silver trim. Buyers can spruce things up further with such optional features as more premium leather upholstery, brushed aluminum or fineline stream wood trim, and a 6.5- or 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment display.
As with the 1 Series, a comprehensive lineup of engines will be available. In North America, the 228i will have a 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the performance-tuned M235i offers a more exciting 322 hp 3.0-liter turbo inline-six that launches the car to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Pricing for the former starts at $33,025, while the latter begins at $44,025. Both include a $925 destination and handling fee.
European buyers will have a larger selection of engines. The base 220i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharge four-cylinder unit rated at 181 hp (184 PS) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, the 220d features a more frugal 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four diesel rated at 181 hp (184 PS) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft), and the top-of-the-line M235i makes a statement with a 322hp (326PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) 3.0L turbo’d straight six, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 (100 km/h) in 5 seconds when using the manual and 4.8 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic.
The engine lineup, particularly in Europe, will gain more gasoline and diesel units in the near future. An all-wheel drive system may also be tossed into the mix to spice things up.
Sales of the BMW 2-Series coupe begin in spring 2014.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is A Super Sedan With 617 HP
It can hit 60 mph in a supercar-like three seconds flat.
The BMW 8 Series family has welcomed its final two members, the M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe Competition.
Despite offering nearly eight inches of additional rear shoulder room and more than seven inches of rear legroom, the two extra doors and stretched body make the M8 Gran Coupe just 185 pounds heavier than its two-door counterpart.
Power comes from the lineup’s familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V8, tuned to produce 600 horsepower for the standard edition and 617 ponies for the Competition trim. Torque is rated at 553 pound-feet regardless of variant.
The V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the BMW M8 Gran Coupe to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.1 seconds, while the M8 Gran Coupe Competition matches the M8 coupe’s 3.0 seconds.
Top speed is electronically-limited at 155 mph (249 km/h) but can be increased to 190 mph (306 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package.
BMW has also announced the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition, a special build based on the Competition variant that pairs Individual Green Metallic paint and Goldbronze wheels and accents inspired by the M8 Gran Coupe concept vehicle.
It also gets unique 20-inch Forged M Star-Spoke wheels, while the interior features Ivory White/Tartufo Full Merino leather and a “First Edition 1/400” on the center console door.
Only 50 examples of the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition will be shipped to the U.S.
U.S. pricing for the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe starts at $130,995 and at $143,995 for the M8 Gran Coupe Competition, both including destination fees.
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.
Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have
It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.
BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.
Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.
The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.
There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.
The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.