Thursday 26 April 2018

And then there were 2 – BMW adds to expanding numbers

BMW's first 2-series coupe
BMW's first 2-series coupe
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

THIS is BMW's first 2-series coupe which is due here on March 8 after its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Prices will start from €38,480 on-the-road for the 220d SE Coupe, the most likely big-seller here.

The rear-wheel drive successor to the 1-series coupe will start with three models – a 220i (€39,480, 184BHP, 148g/km, €390 road tax), 220d (184bhp, 125g/km, €270) and an M235i (€57,660, 321bhp, 189g/km, €750 road tax). There will be a 218d and 225d by May.

I think it looks a bit more refined than the 1-series coupe. There will be four trim levels: SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport.

It is 72mm longer (4432mm), 24mm wider (1,774mm) and 7mm lower (1,418mm) while its wheelbase is 30mm longer (2,690mm).

BMW says there's good room for four inside as well as 390 litres of luggage capacity (20 more than 1-series). It claims front-seat headroom is better by 19mm and rear-seat passengers get 21mm more legroom.

Inside is much the same as the 1-series hatchback (front seats, switchgear, dashboard) but they have put in some trim elements to give it a different "feel".

Six-speed manual gearboxes will be standard – but the 225d gets the 8spd which is optional on the others.

As well as the standard suspension system, you can also choose, if you want a sharper feel, to have Adaptive M with electronically controlled dampers or M Sport with stiffer spring and damper settings and lower ride.

Standard equipment includes air con, Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone system, USB socket, DAB radio, BMW Emergency Call, rain-sensing wipers, multi-function steering wheel, rear park sensors, automatic dimming rear view mirror and LED tail-lights.

There will also be a fabric-hood cabriolet in the second half of next year.

Irish Independent

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