Succeeding the 1 Series coupe, BMW's all-new two-door family will initially include three model grades: the entry-level petrol-powered 220i, the $52,500 220d diesel, and the high-performance $79,900 M235i.
The new pricing makes the 220i – which comes standard with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with paddleshifters and launch control – $220 more than its equivalent 120i coupe with a six-speed auto. It’s also $600 more than its nearest rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA200 four-door coupe.
With a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the 3 Series, 5 Series, X1 and X3, the BMW 220i produces 135kW at 5000-6250rpm and 270Nm at 1250-4500rpm – up 20kW/70Nm on the old 120i, and down just 25kW on the previous six-cylinder-powered 125i.
The BMW 220i coupe claims 0-100km/h acceleration of 7.0 seconds (down 2.2sec) and combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0 litres per 100km (down 21 per cent).
The new 220d is $8580 cheaper than the 123d coupe it replaces. Outputs of 135kW at 4000rpm and 380Nm at 1750-2750rpm leave the new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine 15kW/20Nm off the pace of the old twin-turbo motor, yet it’s just 0.1sec slower to 0-100km/h at a claimed 7.1 seconds, while 20 per cent more fuel efficient (4.4L/100km).
The flagship M235i coupe becomes the most powerful petrol model in BMW’s M Performance Automobiles sub-division. It’s turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six produces 240kW at 5800-6000rpm and 450Nm at 1300-4500rpm – giving it a 5kW advantage over the M135i hot-hatch and 15kW/50Nm more than its 135i coupe predecessor.
The M235i sprints to triple figures in 4.8 seconds, making it 0.1sec quicker than the hatch and 0.8sec faster than the old coupe. Consumption will also fall from the 135i coupe’s 8.6L/100km to closer to the hatch’s 7.5L/100km claim.
BMW M235i fans will be forced to dig deep, however, with the new coupe commanding a $15,000 premium over the M135i hot-hatch on which it’s based. The pricing somewhat mirror’s Mercedes-Benz’s strategy with its high-performance models, with the A45 AMG hatchback priced from $74,900 and the mechanically identical CLA45 AMG asking a steeper $86,900.
At 4432mm long, 1774mm wide and riding on a 2690mm wheelbase, the BMW 2 Series coupe is 72mm longer and 32mm wider than the 1 Series coupe, and is 30mm longer between the wheels. BMW claims the new car’s larger dimensions create around 20mm extra front headroom and rear legroom, while the boot grows 20 litres to 390L in total.
Full specifications of the all-new BMW 2 Series coupe range will be released closer to its Australian launch in March.
BMW 2 Series coupe manufacturer’s list prices:
- 220i – $50,500
- 220d – $52,500
- M235i – $79,900