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by Tim Beissmann

The new BMW 228i will slot neatly between the entry-level 2 Series Coupe variants and the flagship M235i when it launches in Australia in September.

Priced from $64,400, the 228i Coupe will command a $13,900 and $11,900 premium over the 220i and 220d models respectively, and sneak in $16,000 beneath the high-performance six-cylinder M Performance model.

While it lacks any direct competitors, BMW’s new two-door luxury sports variant is priced to rival the all-new $62,200 Audi S3 sedan and $63,400 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport.

BMW 220i Coupé, Mineral Grey Metallic, Sport Line, 135/184 kW/PS

The BMW 228i’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder is identical to the engine employed by the $69,400 328i sedan and $80,500 428i Coupe. Producing 180kW of power between 5000-6500rpm and 350Nm of torque across a broad 1250-4800rpm range, the 228i claims to sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds and consumption of 6.3 litres per 100km – bettering the 428i by one-tenth in both measures. As with the rest of the 2 Series range, the rear-wheel-drive 228i will be available with either a six-speed manual or a no-cost-option eight-speed sports automatic transmission.

Based on the standard equipment of the entry-level models, the BMW 228i inherits auto headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, climate control, sports seats, anti-dazzle interior rear-view mirror, and Business navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen, six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming functionality.

Additional features over the base variants include 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, variable sports steering, and leather upholstery.

The 228i is available in either the Sport or Modern styling lines, and can be optioned with BMW’s ConnectedDrive online apps infotainment technology.

*Note: Above images for illustrative purposes only*

BMW 2 Series coupe range (plus on-road costs):
220i $50,500
220d $52,500
228i $64,400
M235i $80,400




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