BMW 2 SERIES AUSTRALIA PRICE
BMW's sharp new 2 Series Coupe is now on sale in Australia, kicking off at $50,500 for the entry 220i and maxing out at $79,900 for the M235i performer.
As the first BMW to wear a 2 Series badge, the new coupe arrives as a companion to the still-fresh 1 Series Hatch range, replacing the 1 Series Coupe that came before.
Pricing for the new range is at a premium over the 1 Series Coupe line, however - and also sits above the Hatch range that it joins, where the M135i is currently priced at $64,900.
BMW will be counting on the 2 Series' genuine coupe shape to win buyers away from its price and power rivals. The carmaker also promises a generous spread of standard features to go with the sporting lifestyle looks.
Three models are offered from launch, and all are equipped with an eight-speed sports auto as standard, including shift paddles and launch control.
And, for those that prefer to row their own, a six-series manual is also available as a no-cost option.
The range kicks off with the $50,500 220i, powered by a 135kW/270Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol engine. BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.0 seconds, while fuel use is listed at 6.0 l/100km.
In the middle of the range is the $52,500 220d, motivated by a 135kW/380Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre diesel. Official fuel figures drop to just 4.4 l/100km, while acceleration climbs slightly with a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds.
Sitting well above those twins is the new $79,900 M235i M Performance coupe, driven by BMW's 240kW and 450Nm turbocharged inline petrol six.
The 'not quite a true M car' - but still blisteringly quick - M235i boasts a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds, just two-tenths short of the full-AMG CLA 45 sedan. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.1 l/100km.
Beneath the new coupe is a double-joint spring-strut front axle and a multi-link rear setup, along with electric power steering.
Go for the M235i and you'll get variable sport steering, M Sport braking package and Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
Features & Dimensions
The entry 220i petrol and 220d diesel models are offered with identical feature lists, including 17-inch alloy wheels (in BMW Sport and BMW Modern design choices), along with 'Sensatec' trim, auto climate control, 6.5 inch colour display, 'Business' satellite navigation, iPhone/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, halogen headlights with auto on/off, auto wipers and tinted windows.
Both models get the choice of BMW Sport and BMW Modern styling packs, each bringing unique exterior and interior highlights.
There's also Park Distance Control, dynamic stability control, dynamic braking lights and an active bonnet for improved pedestrian safety.
For the M235i, there's sharpened styling and handling elements, along with 18-inch alloys, bi-xenon headlights, additional interior lighting, 'Professional' navigation system with iDrive touch control and internet functionality, and a seven-speaker 205w audio pack.
Among the 2 Series Coupe's optional extras are the Parking Assistant pack with front and rear parking sensors (standard with M235i), and a rear view camera.
The 'Professional' navigation pack also adds DAB+ digital radio and a harman/kardon sound system, while the Comfort Pack adds electric adjustable and heated front seats.
The 220i and 220d can both also be had with the familiar M Sport package, adding 10mm lower sports suspension, 18-inch wheels, sports stying pack inside and out, chrome exhaust tip and M badges all around.
The 2 Series Coupe is larger than its 1 Series Coupe predecessor, measuring 4432mm long (up 72mm) and 1774mm wide (up 26mm), however the 2 Series is 5mm lower at 1418mm.
The 2690mm wheelbase is 30mm longer, and the tracks have been widened to 1521mm (up 41mm) at the front and 1556mm (up 43mm) at the rear.
Interior space is improved as a result - meaning a 19mm boost in headroom and 21mm of extra rear legroom - and the luggage capacity grows 20 litres to a reasonable 390 litres.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW 220i Coupe - $50,500
- BMW 220d Coupe - $52,500
- BMW 228i Coupe - $64,400 (added May 2014)
- BMW M235i Coupe - $79,900