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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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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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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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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.
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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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.
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!
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!
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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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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.
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.
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Norbert Reithofer is set to step down as the CEO of BMW on May 13th, but his successor and former production chief, Harald Krueger, is already starting to shake things up with the elimination of the i8S, M8, and other key Bimmer and Mini concepts.
The i8S was all but confirmed just months ago, but now this higher-output version of the already impressive i8 is on the scrapheap. Another high-profile BMW concept turned reject under the new regime is the M8. Initial reports about the M8 claimed it would share most of its styling elements with the i8, but under its hood, it would have a twin-turbo V-8 with about 600 horsepower.
While both the i8S and the M8 were awesome on paper, neither made too much business sense. Both would take away from potential i8 sales, despite the power and price differences, and there just isn’t much room in Bimmer’s customer base for this many supercars.
In the midst of all this spring cleaning, there was one concept that remained: the i5. According to the report, the i5 will receive the go-ahead later in 2015 as a traditional, three-box sedan with a pure-electric powertrain or a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The all-electric model will reportedly use a 225-horsepower motor in the rear and a 135-horsepower motor up front, while the plug-in hybrid would use a 275-horsepower electric motor and either a three- or four-cylinder engine.
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Built between 1985 and 1992, the first M3 model, which is based on the E30 3 Series, is regarded as one of the company’s most exciting products ever. It is also a highly sought-after collectible, especially in its Evolution and Sport Evolution trims, two uprated versions with up to 235 horsepower on tap. BMW is well aware of that and it is planning to use the E30 M3 as inspiration for a future M car project. That’s the word from BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk, who told AutoCar that a production car featuring cues from the E30 M3 is underway.
“The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product,” he said. Van Hooydonk wouldn’t elaborate on which model will be used to pay tribute to the E30 M3, but AutoCar claims the new M2, due to arrive later in 2015, is the likely candidate. Why not the M4 you may ask? Well, as a direct successor to the 1 Series Coupe, the 2 Series benefits from the 1 Series cachet among BMW enthusiasts. You see, the 1 Series Coupe was labeled the best vehicle Munich has made in the 21st century and the 2 Series checks all the right boxes in that regard. Add the fact the 2 Series is considered the spiritual successor to the iconic 2002 model, and it’s obvious why the compact two-door is better suited to represent the E30 M3 than the M4 is.
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Most BMW aficionados out there probably remember the so-called “Epic Driftmob” video from the summer of 2014, when five identical BMW M235i models performed a not-at-all-improvised drift-choreography in a traffic circle in Cape Town, South Africa. About six months later, the Driftmob is back again, only this time not in the real world but the virtual one. More specifically, the stunt is largely identical, only instead of being performed in Cape Town it was made in a virtual traffic circle from the Forza Horizon 2 game.
Aussie YouTuber DomesticMango was apparently approached by BMW and Forza Motorsport to virtually recreate the Epic BMW Driftmob, together with four other Forza Horizon 2 gamers. The result is not exactly identical in nature because of some obvious technical reasons, but there are five red BMW M235i Coupes drifting according to some planned-ahead choreography and snazzy camera angles.
The virtual stunt was put together to bring more attention to the fact that the M235i Coupe has been added to Forza Horizon 2, as part of the latest Top Gear car pack. Just like in the original video, no pedestrians seem to have been harmed during the shenanigans, but what I don’t get is why BMW appears to condone hooning and drifting on the street and not on a circuit. Sure, it’s a racing game, the cars look cool as hell doing those stunts and I’m not trying to sound like an old geezer, but the original video was shot on a real street, and that ain’t kosher.
BMW took the world by surprise in 2013 by unveiling the 2 Series Active Tourer, a five-seat MPV employing front-wheel-drive and a three-cylinder engine as an entry-level option. The MPV not only cheapened BMW’s image, but also provided yet another hint that Munich began to stray from its performance, RWD heritage. And while it failed to impress as an MPV, mostly because it’s not as spacious or practical as many other vehicles competing in the same segment, BMW decided the Active Tourer needs a seven-seat version, and, as we saw back in 2014, it began testing it soon after the former went on sale.
Come 2015 and Munich’s biggest MPV is here as the 2 Series Gran Tourer. Essentially a longer Active Tourer with a boxy rear end and seating for up to seven, the Gran Tourer presents itself as “the world’s first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families.” But is this German MPV setting any benchmarks in a segment that’s already crowded in Europe? Keep reading to find out.
Updated 02/11/2015: BMW unveiled the official version on the 2 Series Gran Tourer – aka the seven-seat version of the 2 Series Active Tourer. Details after the jump.
The 2016 BMW M2 is just over the horizon, and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only will it reportedly be powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six that puts down between 380 and 400 horses, but it will be as close to the 2002tii as we’ve come in recent years. It will be small, have two doors, and it’ll be much more powerful than it should be. Oh, and it’ll be rear-wheel drive, just to sweeten the pot a little. And now a new report from the folks at the 2addicts forums shows that the M2 may be even more awesome, as it appears as it will borrow some styling cues from the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
The folks over at the forum managed to do some Sherlock Holmes-style investigating on the most recent spy shots of the M2, and saw some striking similarities between the M2 and the Vision GT Concept. I must say, some of their sleuthing was downright impressive, but some of it is a tad assumptive, as the camo is so heavy in some sections your eyes can play tricks on you – hence that swirly camo… Some of the cues they saw include the air vents on the outer edges of the rear bumper, the rear diffuser, and the air inlets just in front of the rear wheels.
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Even though the BMW 2 Series was launched in 2014, it seems that the Bavarian carmaker is already hard at work testing some improvements to its smallest coupe. YouTube user Fred Khaz was recently minding his own business on an American highway when he came across a camouflaged 2 Series coupe that obviously stood out in traffic, so he decided to film it. As you can see from the resulting video above, it doesn’t seem that the model has any visual upgrades under that rather heavy camo, which in theory could only mean one of two things.
A first glance I would say that this is an old pre-production prototype that is simply being transported under its own power toward a BMW R&D center, something which is actually highly unlikely given how little time it has been on the market already. A much more probable guess would be that this prototype features some upcoming improvements to the 2 Series lineup. Since a new turbocharged, three-cylinder, gasoline engine has been recently added for the entry-level 218i model in Europe, with deliveries starting in March 2015, it could mean that BMW wants to test this version on U.S. soil as well.
This is no new and fancy engine either, as this 1.5-liter, 136 horsepower three-cylinder is actually borrowed from the latest MINI, where it is fitted transversally as it powers the front wheels. If BMW decides to bring it to the U.S. as well it would make for the cheapest entry-level Bimmer in the current lineup. The current cheapest is the 228i Coupe, which starts at $32,100 MSRP.