BMW 2 Series Coupe







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 19, 2014
Categories: General News

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.

BMW 2 Series Coupe

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.