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PostHeaderIcon Test Drive – An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible

I test drove the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. The small BMW convertible showed me why I liked BMWs so much, it sparked the fire in my heart for BMWs once again, and I am not going back, ever. I love BMW, and now, finally, I definitely know why. It is for me. I am sure, if you had to chance to drive the M240i through a few bends on the mountain roads of the Gorges du Verdon canyon in France, the M240i would grow in your heart as well.

It is sublime!

I can’t even imagine what kind of a beast the M2 is. I haven’t driven it yet, but I am eagerly waiting to do so.

PostHeaderIcon I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.

I said yes.

This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.

1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.

The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking – 10 cars – two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.

FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.

PostHeaderIcon I Drove 1,780 Horsepower Worth Of Cars In France On Possibly The Best Tires On Earth

Continental AG invited me to spend three days in Nice, France, drive really nice cars, experience its #blackchili driving experience and gorge on vine and fish of all kinds prepared by some of the best chefs around.

I said yes.

This is what I saw, drove and experienced there.

1,780 horsepower worth of cars were parked down the alley of a hotel with a golf course. All of them were white, all of them had OEM Continental tires on them. UUHP tires, mind you. That is short for Ultra Ultra High Performance and all of them had striking, yet subtle Continental decals. Right from the get-go, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a classic journalist driving event. It was more of a celebration and a party. I liked it.

The weather was at nice 78 degrees Fahrenheit, without a single cloud on the perfectly blue sky over the Cote d’Azur. Down at that parking – 10 cars – two Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabrios, two BMW M240i xDrive Convertibles, two Porsche 718 Boxsters, two Tesla Model Ss, and two Audi RS3 Sportbacks.

FYI, the Porsche was the least powerful one there. And when the Porsche is the least powerful at a car event, things are off to a good start.

PostHeaderIcon Upcoming 2020 BMW 2 Series Dubbed the “Drift Machine”

The next-generation BMW 2 Series is going to be built to drift, at least if there’s anything to take away from its “Drift Machine” internal nickname. BMW development chief Klaus Frohlich revealed the nickname of the next-generation version of the 2 Series range, which will include a successor to the award-winning M2 Coupe. Frohlich also admitted that he fought for the next-gen 2 Series’ identity, in part because of how important the 2 Series is to establish the performance identity of BMW’s entry-level model.

PostHeaderIcon The Best Cars Under $35,000

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

PostHeaderIcon BMW Shows Off Its Updated 2 Series Tourer And Gran Tourer

BMW is giving its MPV duo, the 2 Series Tourer and Gran Tourer, the traditional mid-life refresh, adding in a few select tweaks to the exterior styling and features, as well as new tech in the cabin and small improvements to the powertrain. The people movers won’t see sales here in the U.S., but will continue in the U.K., Germany, and China as soon as March of this year.

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For those of you who may be unaware, the BMW 2 Series isn’t relegated to the coupe and convertible we get here in the states. Across the pond, Bimmer also sells the nameplate in Active Tourer guise with a five-seater MPV, or alternatively, as the longer-wheelbase 2 Series Gran Tourer packing a seven-seater interior. The duo are framed as a combination of expanded interior space and practicality, plus a good deal of comfort and engaging driving qualities to boot. BMW made the move to the MPV segment in 2014 as a means to combat the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, and so far, it’s been doing pretty well, selling some 380,000 units as of the end of 2017.

Now, the Bavarians are divulging details on refreshed models that offer updates on par with Bimmer’s traditional mid-cycle refresh.


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“Outside, we find headlight housings that are chunky and solid looking, and come equipped with optional adaptive LED lighting elements.”

Outside, we find headlight housings that are chunky and solid looking, and come equipped with optional adaptive LED lighting elements, plus an adaptive “dazzle free” feature. There’s also LED elements in the horizontal fog lights, as well. The nose of the two models uses a tweaked front air dam and rear apron, while the sporty M models are more aggressive thanks to pronounced creases that lend the whole thing a much meaner expression. Higher up, the usual kidney grille intakes are now larger, while in the rear, the twin tailpipes get a larger diameter, once again adding a little extra spice to the whole package (yes, we know these MPVs aren’t exactly tire-shredding track monsters, but they aren’t total snore-fests when it comes to the styling deparment, either).

The body panels are now offered in two new paint options, including Jucaro Beige and Sunset Orange. In the corners, buyers can choose between six new and different styles for the wheels, with sizing between 17 and 19 inches in diameter. These are mostly composed of complicated multi-spoke designs, with the simplest of the bunch being a split five-spoke look applied to the 766 M option.

Moving inside the cabin, there’s a new instrument display located behind the steering wheel, offering a simplified two-gauge layout that shows road speed on the left and engine rpm on the right. Complementing the gauges is a new shifter in the center console. The sitters get new covers focused on enhancing comfort, plus there’s Sensatec and cloth upholstery in two different color schemes. If you’re feeling saucy, you can also get yours in attractive mocha leather.

BMW ConnectedDrive is once again included, and arrives with updated features. Adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist lead the list of optional driver tech, while further options include a navigation system with a central screen measured between 6.5-inches and 8.8-inches. Voice control is tossed in as well.


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“Meanwhile, under the hood, the powerplant options get minor updates focused primarily on enhancing efficiency. However, in addition to a 5-percent fuel mileage increase, there's a few extra ponies and pound-feet for motivation as well.”

Meanwhile, under the hood, the powerplant options get minor updates focused primarily on enhancing efficiency. However, in addition to a 5-percent fuel mileage increase, there’s a few extra ponies and pound-feet for motivation as well. The drive type will once again continue to be FWD. Both diesel and gas options head the list, while updates include tweaks to the crankshaft, heat management systems, valve train, and turbocharger, all in the name of increasing efficiency. Power levels range between 109 horsepower and 231 horsepower for the Active Tourer, while the Gran Tourer ranges between 109 horsepower to 192 horsepower. There’s also a plug-in hybrid offering 28 miles of all-electric range and 224 horsepower.

Finally, there are two automatic transmission options, including either a seven-speed or an eight-speed. There’s also a six-speed manual on the table, depending on your trim of choice.


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All told, the MPVs sell quite well in Germany, the U.K., and China, but won’t see dealers in the U.S. However, interested buyers overseas will have a shot at one as soon as March of this year. Pricing is expected to slot in at around 26,000 pounds in the U.K., or $35,114 at current exchange rates (1/10/2018).

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PostHeaderIcon Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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Ford Mustang GT


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Price: $35,095

Still one of the best values in the market today, the Ford Mustang remains one of America’s most popular performance cars for good reason. The latest version of the iconic pony car can still get the job done on the performance end. It has 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque on tap courtesy of a 5.0-liter turbo V-8. It can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and do 0 to 124 mph in 13 seconds at 112 miles per hour. And don’t mistake its 164-mph top speed for a slouch. The Mustang is all business, all the time. It’s also one of the most customized cars in the business today so buyers who want to get a little extra on the ’Stang GT can still do so without burning holes in their bank accounts. Best of all, the Mustang GT starts at just $35,095, though if that price is still too steep, there is an option to get the base ‘Stang version, which starts at $25,585.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Chevrolet Camaro SS


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Price: $37,995

Any mention of the Mustang must be followed by a mention of the Chevrolet Camaro. There’s no rule against it, but the two have become synonymous with each other that referring to one without the other is like talking about pizza without cheese and pepperoni. In any event, the Camaro SS checks all the same boxes that the Mustang GT does. It’s capable of producing 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph. And if you’re comparing the Mustang GT with the Camaro SS, know that the latter can also hit a top speed of 165 mph. The Camaro SS is a little more expensive at $37,995, but again, if that’s too expensive, there is an option to get the base Camaro for just $26,900.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack


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Price: 41,090

I was tempted to put the Dodge Challenger in here to complete the muscle car troika, but I ultimately opted to go with the Challenger’s performance car sibling, the Dodge Charger. It’s not just the Charger too; it’s the Charger R/T Scat Pack, the gnarly variant that features a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its power output is complemented by a 475 pound-feet worth of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 16.1 seconds, and 0-to-a-quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 111 mph. Top speed has been rated at 160 mph, making it as potent as any “affordable” sports car in its segment. It’s priced at $41,090, which is a little pricier than the Mustang GT and the Camaro SS. There’s still no shame in getting the Charger R/T Scat Pack, though if the move is to only get a base version, the 292-horsepower base SE trim starts at just $27,995.

Read our full review on the 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.

Subaru WRX STI


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Price: $36,095

Let’s switch things up by featuring one of the best performance imports to come out of Japan: the Subaru WRX STI. It’s not the range-topping model – that would be the WRX STI Limited – but it’s arguably the best value for a customer’s money. Power comes from a 2.5-liter boxer four engine that pumps out 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. That allows the performance sedan to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 160 mph. It may not be the performance treat that it once was, but with extra features like limited-slip differential and torque vectoring, it’s still good enough to make for a memorable ride without buyers having to worry about explaining how much they spent for it.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


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Price: $37,995

Want something that’s new and different? Well, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is as good a choice as any. It may not have as much power and performance as the muscle cars on this list, but it still features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Those figures translate to a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. The numbers back up what would be a solid purchase, especially when you see that the cars the Giulia directly competes against are much more expensive than the Alfa. Take the BMW 340i for example. It has the numbers edge on the Giulia –
320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque – but it’s also around $10,000 more expensive.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

BMW 340i


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Price: $47,900

Speaking of the BMW 340i, the performance sedan still falls under the $50,000 threshold so technically; it qualifies on this list. And why wouldn’t it? If you had the budget, this is the BMW to get. There are cheaper Bimmers available, but the value for money is best on this variant of the 3er. It carries a lot of the elements of the 3 Series and packages all of it with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Those figures help carry the 340i to an acceleration time to 60 mph of just 4.8 seconds. Just as important, it’s quarter-mile time was clocked at 13.3 seconds at 106 mph, close to what the Mustang GT and Camaro SS are capable of. All of that for a car with a BMW badge at a price that barely reaches $50,000? Seems like a good deal to me.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 3 Series.

BMW M240i xDrive


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Price: $46,450

If you’re itching for a version of BMW’s M division, the best you can do at this price range is the M240i xDrive. Don’t be disappointed though because this coupe is very capable in a lot of different ways. It features the very best of BMW design, has advanced safety and performance techs, and is crowned by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are a good way to get from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. There is a way to get the price down to just $44,450 – a $2,000 savings – but that would mean opting out of Bimmer’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. That may be a good option for those who want a challenge out of their M240is, but I’d still suggest getting the xDrive unit just to make it worth the purchase of the sports coupe.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW M240i xDrive.

Audi S3


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Price: $42,900

For the record, if there was one model that I’d suggest a buyer gets from this list, it’s the Audi S3. I’m particularly impressed by how the S3 looks. Credit to Audi in that regard because it has managed to make its design language look applicable across its entire range. It doesn’t matter if its the S3 or the S7, the genetics of Audi styling is present in all of them. On top of that, the S3 is also a capable performance sedan, thanks in large part to a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine that’s good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s a little short of what the BMW 340i can produce, but the S3 makes up for it with a sprint-to-60-mph time of 4.7 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the 340i. Just as impressive is the fact that the S3 can also cover a quarter-mile distance in just 13.3 seconds, exactly the same as its BMW counterpart. Top speed is also rated at 155 mph, so the Audi sedan doesn’t suffer in that regard either. All that and you have a car that’ll only cost you $42,900.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi S3.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport


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Price: $48,700

If power is the be-all and end-all of your purchase preference, there’s no better sub-$50,000 purchase than the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. There’s a lot to like about the Q50 Red Sport. For one, it’s a range-topping model, which means that it boasts of every available technology that Infiniti is using for the Q50 line. There’s also something to be said better-than-expected design. It’s not as sporty-looking as the Audi S3, but there is a nice balance to its sporty design that also hints at a premium look without one trait drowning out the other. Oh, and as far as performance sedan goes, the Q50 Red Sport’s 400-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque output puts it in a league of its own as it offers the most power for a car of its size that costs under $50,000. All those ponies waiting to be unleashed can moveQ50 Red Sport spring from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to reaching a quarter-mile distance in 13 seconds at 109 mph.

Read our full review on the 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ


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Prices: Toyota 86 ($26,255) / Subaru BRZ ($30,515)

I debated on whether I should put these two cars on this list because quite frankly, they’re still a disappointment to me. But I am compelled to talk about them regardless because they do return good value for the price. Both the 86 and the BRZ only produce 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, but the catch is with these two is that they look like proper sports cars and they perform like one too. The 86, for example, can hit 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 147 mph while the BRZ can cover the same ground in 6.6 seconds before maxing out at a similar top speed. The best part about these two models though is that they’re cheap relative to the cars on this list. The 86, for example, sells for just $26,255 while the BRZ’s top-of-the-line 2.0 Yellow Series variant starts at just $30,515. As far as value for money, these two sports coupes are as good as anything you can get without having to pay a fortune for either one of them.

Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota 86 and the 2017 Subaru BRZ

PostHeaderIcon BMW 2 Series Coupe

A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.

Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 BMW 2 Series (Coupe & Convertible)

2018 BMW 2 Series-0

The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be amazing for BMW fans, as the Bavarian company is about to unleash an army of fun to drive cars. There is the new rear-drive 1 Series in some pretty hot guises, and then there is this, the 2018 BMW 2 Series which comes in both coupe and convertible forms and some hot engines to boot. 

Design-wise, the 2018 BMW 2 Series comes with revised front-end featuring bi-LED headlights, larger kidney grille, and sculpted air intakes for a more serious look. The rear end likewise cuts a muscular figure, the single-piece rear lights (LEDs as standard) with hallmark BMW L-shape extending well into the flanks.

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As for the interior, bot model benefit from an all-new design for the instrument panel with elegant details such as contrast stitching and high-gloss black surfacing for the centre stack and the chrome elements for the control panels in the doors, new cloth or leather seat upholstery variants, interior trim strips in aluminium or fine wood and high-gloss black panels with chrome accents.

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In terms of powertrains, although you get a range of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines for the 2018 BMW 2 Series, the one you want, is the M240i with 340 hp horsepower, preferably with Drive intelligent all-wheel drive. This setup will propel the coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW 2 Series Convertible

It’s been three years since BMW started rolling the 2 Series into dealer showrooms, effectively removing the coupe and cabrio body styles from the 1 Series lineup and giving those compacts a new name. Just recently we saw shots of a “facelifted” 2 Series coupe prototype heading out for some testing, and now we’re looking at the convertible version which, coincidentally, is wearing the same little bit of camo. As such, this so-called facelift isn’t bringing much in terms of change, but the car should get a new, smaller grille layout, slightly revised headlights, new graphics for the taillights out back, and maybe even a few changes inside as our photographers have reported that there was some covering over the dashboard. Word has it the engines that motivate the little cabrio that could even get an update, but you’ll want to take that with a grain of salt for now.

The updated 2 Series is expected to be revealed in late 2017 and go on sale for 2018 so there’s still a little while to wait before we get to see the few changes that come with the new model year. But, let’s take a closer look and see what’s going on with this prototype. There might be something interesting lurking in the finer details.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Working On New M2 GranCoupé

BMW is adding yet another model to its M performance division and this time, it looks like it’s based on the 2 Series. The company already has the M2 in the fold, so now it’s giving the 2 Series GranCoupé the M treatment with the impending launch of the 365-horsepower M2 GranCoupé.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing the M2 GranCoupé to serve as a direct challenger to the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, two cars that have been staking their claim in the compact performance segment. Not much is known about what the sports car is going to look like, but there have been a lot of discussions within BMW on how it plans to come up with a gameplay to tackle the issues the stand before them.

Crucial among these issues is the design of the M2 GranCoupé’s body. Senior BMW officials are apparently torn between a traditional four-door coupe design or a more radical five-door lift back. Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s R&D boss, is reportedly keen on taking the more traditional route of a four-door look, but it seems that there’s still a faction within BMW that is championing for a liftback version to create a unique and more practical model when compared to the four-door RS3 and AMG CLA 45.

What appears clear at this point is that the M2 GranCoupé will come with a longitudinally mounted engine and a rear-wheel drive system as opposed to the transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive systems that are being used by its counterparts in Audi and Mercedes-Benz. BMW believes that using this format provides a more engaging drive for future owners of the model, at least compared to the RS3 and the AMG CLA 45.

The M2 GranCoupé is also expected to have a new interior layout that will serve as the basis for the facelifted versions of the 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet. Both models are expected to make their respective debuts in 2020, so having the M2 GranCoupé be the first model to get this new interior look should help increase its appeal.

No actual numbers have been announced, but there’s growing sentiment that the M2 GranCoupé will make use of the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s expected to produce 365 horsepower. Likewise, BMW has kept mum on the performance capabilities of the M2 GranCoupé, although it’s likely that it will have similar numbers as the M2 Coupe, which carries an official 0-to-62-mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed manual transmission will come as standard on the M2 GranCoupé with an option to get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission also in the cards.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M240i Convertible

The 2 Series has been around since 2014, replacing the 1 Series coupe and convertible here in the U.S. After just a few short years on the market, a facelift should be coming for the 2017 model year. At first, we only had speculation derived from a leak on Bimmerpost.com, but now BMW has spilled a few of the beans, telling us a little about the upcoming facelift. We still don’t know any details regarding what the facelift brings in terms of aesthetic qualities, but we do know that the facelifted 2 Series will get an upgrade in the power department, so it certainly has that going for it.

For now, the best we can do is guess on what other changes are coming to the 2 Series. We know that the M235i will now be the M240i, and we’re expecting to see some new infotainment technology and a slightly revised exterior. Until Bimmer spills the rest of the beans on the M240i, let’s go ahead and talk about the upgrade in power and other changes. According to BMW’s most recent press releases, the M240i should break cover in July, so let’s get to speculating before BMW pulls the sheet of the facelifted M240i convertible.

Update 6/24/2016: BMW has announced pricing information for the M240i convertible. Check the prices section below for details.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 BMW 2 Series Unveiled

BMW just dropped a few details on the upcoming 2017 2 Series, including specs on its newest generation of turbocharged inline four- and six-cylinder engines. As expected, the model lineup includes the 230i Coupe and 230i Convertible, as well as their high-performance equivalents, the M240i Coupe and M240i Convertible. The non-M’s get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the go-faster models get a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

That’s 15 horsepower and 39 pound-feet more for the M’s. Peak torque for the aluminum six hits between 1,520 and 4,500 rpm, while power peaks at 5,500 rpm. Fuel consumption is lower thanks to an efficient electric coolant pump for the intercooler, an auto start/stop, and brake energy regeneration

Both RWD and AWD are offered. The M models get an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox as standard, while enthusiasts will be happy to know RWD models also get the no-cost option of a six-speed manual. The six-speed has rev-matching technology, while the eight-speed has a wider gear spread.

As for acceleration, the M240i Coupe does the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds with a manual, 4.4 seconds with an automatic, and 4.2 seconds with AWD. Meanwhile, the convertible hits the same speed in 4.7 seconds with a manual, 4.5 seconds with an automatic, and 4.4 seconds with AWD.

Standard spec on the M’s include suspension that’s both stiffer and lower, 18-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, upgraded brakes, variable sports steering, and new aero.

Pricing will be released closer to launch this summer.


PostHeaderIcon BMW M240i

For the moment, anyone who climbs the BMW 2 Series model ladder will eventually reach the M235i Coupe. Essentially the penultimate step before the top dog M2, the M235i offers copious sporting cues and performance-oriented hardware, but doesn’t bash the sensibilities (or bank account) quite like its hardcore sibling. Now at the halfway mark in its lifecycle, the compact is due for a refresh for the 2017 model year, which means an updated engine, and consequently, a new name – M240i. So far, official details from the Bavarians are limited, but given what we’re hearing from the rumor mill, you should also expect to see new equipment for the headlights and the cabin.

By all accounts, the M240i is exactly what we need from Bimmer, with more ponies, lower fuel consumption, quicker acceleration, and presumably, the latest gadgetry. Further details will drop this summer, but for now, read on for what we’ve learned so far.

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PostHeaderIcon Mcchip BMW 220i “MC320”

Mcchip BMW 220-0

The cool thing about Mcchip-DKR tuning kits is that they always offer what it says on the tin. So when they tell you their new Mcchip BMW 220i kit is called MC320, you know it makes 320 horsepower, which is remarkable actually as this particular 2 series has only a 2.0 liter engine.

But that’s the DKR magic. They can extract big lumps of power from small lumps of engine. In fairness though, the 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine in the Mcchip BMW 220i is a helluva four banger and has seemingly endless potential for upgrade. That’s why they offer the power upgrade in stages, so you can choose how many horses you need to feel happy.

The engine begins life with 184 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs torque, which isn’t bad by any standards. After a bit of fiddling, which include a level three software upgrade, downpipe replacement, larger intercooler, and a 200-cell sport catalytic convertor, that output jumps to 255 horsepower with 400 ft-lbs torque. If you are willing to spend more, Mcchip can keep fiddling and replace the turbos with higher performance ones, thus increasing the power to 320 horsepower and 435 ft-lbs torque. The full fat kit costs 6,400 EUR and delivers a top speed of 260 km/h.

This Mcchip BMW 220i is also equipped with a set of MBdesign LV-1 19-inch wheels and KW-coilover suspension Variant Three.

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PostHeaderIcon Gallery: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport-0

Granted, this thing looks like the result of a night of torrid love making between a BMW M4 and a vacuum cleaner. But as far small city cars go, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport Package is one of the best built and most well-engineered ones available in the market today.

It is also the most luxurious car of this class – with the exception of Aston Martin Cygnet which was a commercial flop – which is why BMW Abu Dhabi is proudly showing off this blue example at their showroom. Regardless of the mistakes inherent in he design of the Active Tourer, the M Sport touches featured on this car give it a somewhat serious look that does manage to improve thing at least to some extent.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport features a sports bumper up front with large air intakes and spoiler lip, side skirts, rear roof spoiler and custom bumper with sport apron as well as dual tailpipes. You also get a set of M design wheel. Just about the only thing letting down this little thing is those stupid, hideous, horrendous, unsightly, ghastly, ridiculous headlights.

The interior of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport is a much nicer job than the outside, what with the Merino leather seats which in the case of this example are Mocha colored, the Piano Black trim pieces, and the lovely M steering wheel. You almost get the feeling this car does not deserve such a classy cabin!

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts

The 2016 BMW M2 is barely out of the box, and it’s already making its debut at SEMA. The new high-performance coupe combines BMW’s 370-horsepower twin-turbo engine and the M Division’s racing expertise into a pint-sized package, and the result is getting rave reviews. Is it ever too early for aftermarket parts, though? The M2 showed up at SEMA displaying a host of new M Performance Parts designed for it. The show car is fully decked out with looks reminiscent of the classic race-bred 3.0 CSL, just in case the M2’s link to BMW’s racing heritage is too subtle.

It may be sitting on the show stand like a one-off concept, but this M2 is displaying parts that will be available in the spring of 2016. The M2’s performance is very well dialed-in already, and M Performance has focused on the car’s appearance instead, with a range of interior and exterior upgrade components.

Updated 06/02/2016: BMW dropped a new video in which it highlights the M Performance Parts offered in the new M2. Hit “play” to watch it!

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M2 Coupe With M Performance Parts.


PostHeaderIcon BMW 2 Series Could Get RWD Gran Coupe Version

According to a new report, BMW is seriously considering releasing a four-door version of the 2 Series dubbed the Gran Coupe. What’s more, the report indicates that it will retain the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings of its coupe and convertible siblings.

While the initial release of the Gran Coupe models, like the 4 Series and 6 Series Gran Coupes, confused me a bit, I am starting to get the hang of it. Regardless of my comprehension of the concept behind the Gran Coupe movement for Bimmer, I still don’t understand why BMW is moving into this micro-niche.

Sure, the CLA-Class, which will be the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s main competitor, sold great in its first year, but increased competition and a higher price will likely draw buyers away. The chances of the 2 Series Gran Coupe matching the sub-$30k that drew buyers to Mercedes lots in herds is highly unlikely though, considering the standard 2 Series Coupe starts at over $32,000.

One great thing that I can pull from this report is that BMW will likely keep the Gran Coupe, Coupe, and Convertible versions of the 2er on rear-wheel-drive platforms. This was up for debate as of late, as the 2 Series Gran Tourer uses a front-wheel-drive setup, leading some to speculate the base 2 Series models would follow suit. This should give the future Gran Coupe an advantage over the CLA when it comes to driving dynamics.

We’ll bring you more updates on this topic as info becomes available.

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BMW 2 Series Could Get RWD Gran Coupe Version originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 1 June 2015 15:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M2 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Take a look at the original E30 M3 next to the current M3 and M4 twins, and one thing is apparent: the current M cars are huge. The bigger the M3 got over the years, the bigger the gap grew for a smaller (and cheaper) M car in BMW’s portfolio. The fantastic 1 Series M Coupe rectified this to some extent, but it was built in such small numbers that it was nearly impossible to get your hands on one. Even today they’re selling for well over MSRP.

But relief is on the way in the form of the 2 Series-based M2, seen here putting in some hot laps on the Nürburgring. From the looks of these test mules, BMW appears to be in the final stages of M2 development. The psychedelic camouflage hides wider front fenders, similar to the ones seen on the M235i race car, and stylized M-specific front and rear fascias. Of course, there’s also the requisite quad exhaust exits.

Expect to see a detuned version of the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight six from the M3/M4 producing around 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque.The regular 2 Series is actually pretty heavy for its size, so expect the M2 to be put on a diet of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels and aluminum chassis components. That, combined with a short wheelbase, should translate to some agile handling characteristics too. Look for the M2 to be unveiled later in 2015 and to hit showrooms in 2016.

We’re really looking forward to this one.

BMW M2 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M2 Will Deliver 365 HP; Will Go Into Production In November

So far, news and speculation surrounding BMW’s highly anticipated M2 has certainly been enticing, and now we’re getting a few extra tidbits to further whet your appetite. The latest suggests that the small, up-and-coming Bavarian corner-slicer will arrive packing 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, with production ramping up this November.

The info comes courtesy of a post at the enthusiast forum 2addicts.com, which cites a source from “deep within BMW HQ.” The M2’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six N55 engine was originally believed to produce closer to 400 horsepower, but the post also says the engine will have an “over boost” function that adds 25 extra pound-feet of torque at the “low to mid range rpms.” This function is similar to that found on the 1M, which added 38 pound-feet for short durations. 

Color options include Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Long Beach Blue metallic, and Mineral Grey metallic. The post says more colors will be added later in production.

Expect deliveries to begin sometime early next year.

Details and rumors on the new entry-level sports car began trickling down in May of 2011. So far, we’ve gleaned the new M2 will be built on BMW’s F22 platform, will use the FR drivetrain layout, and feature a brand-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. Lightweight materials like aluminum, carbon fiber, and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics are expected to see extensive use. 

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M2.

BMW M2 Will Deliver 365 HP; Will Go Into Production In November originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 8 May 2015 12:00 EST.

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