BMW is lauded as being one of the top luxury auto producers in the world, and for good reason. With a track record dating back to 1916, it's no wonder there is so much brand loyalty out there for BMW. The introduction of the new 2014 2-Series coupe will certainly do nothing to hurt the buzz that BMW continues to build around its vehicles, as it appears to be as stunning in operation as it is in looks. The car's official North American debut is to take place in January in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.
Those who love customization will be happy to know that the 2 Series coupe comes in two trim levels, which includes the 228i and the M235i, the latter option being the more powerful of the two. The difference lies in a 315-horsepower turbocharged engine (versus 240 horsepower in the 228i) and an in-line six-cylinder engine (instead of a four-cylinder). The M indicates that this model is more oriented towards performance than the 228i, although each vehicle appears to be quiet powerful.
Speed enthusiasts will find a lot to love about the 228i, which can reportedly go from zero to 60 MPH in 5.4 seconds, while the M235i can perform the same feat in just 4.8 seconds. This particular model tops out at 155 mph, with the 228i reaching a top speed of 130 mph. The M235i is equipped with plenty of proprietary features such as a large air intake, high-performance braking system and tuned sport suspension to help the car reach high speeds while maintaining a comfortable and safe ride, making it the better option between the two for those who are looking for a high-performance vehicle
It should come as no surprise that the M235i is not an inexpensive purchase at a MSRP of around $44,000. Those who are looking for a similar experience can save quite a bit of money by downgrading to the 228i, which is more than powerful enough for daily driving and starts around $33,000. With such a dramatic difference in price, it's likely that the 228i will perform quite well over its bigger brother.
Fans of Internet-based GPS systems will be happy to know that the 2 Series coupes will feature technology that allows drivers to integrate these types of software into their driving experience. As BMW is known for a sleek and stylish approach to hi-tech goodies, it's safe to assume this will be a streamlined, effective approach to GPS. No matter what, it's got to be safer than fumbling with a smart phone while driving down the road.
Both the 228i and the M235i will be shipping with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although it is said that a six-speed manual transmission can be installed as a replacement at no charge. In fact, most of the BMW's parts can be replaced pretty easily during routine maintenance. Provided you take care of it, there's no reason why this car can't live well over 100,000 miles.
Once the 2 Series coupes make their way to Detroit in January, Americans will get a much better look at what BMW has in store for the future. For now, people will have to be satisfied with salivating over the vehicles' statistics.