BMW 2 Series Coupé – Australian pricing & specs

BMW 2 Series coupe

The BMW 2 Series Coupé is about to arrive at your local dealership, if it hasn’t already. BMW Australia has previously confirmed pricing for the three models it will offer at launch, listed below:

BMW 220i Coupe (135kW/270Nm)– $50,500*
BMW 220d Coupe (135kW/380Nm) – $52,500*
BMW M235i Coupe (240kW/450Nm) – $79,900*
*Manufacturer’s list pricing (includes GST & LCT).

BMW also detailed some of the included specifications in its press release below, but you’re still better off referring back to our exclusive info we brought you back in November last year.

BMW Motorsports

Real photos of the BMW M235i Racing

BMW M235i Racing

The we-just-want-one BMW M235i Racing was launched to the media at the Las Vegas International Speedway recently. So here’s a handful of pics showing the car in the flesh for the first time. Follow the source link for larger versions.

[Source: Bimmerpost | Thanks to John for the tip]


BMW 2 Series – Australian pricing confirmed

BMW M235i

BMW Australia has today confirmed basic pricing for the new 2 Series Coupe range, which will go on sale here in March. This confirms the exclusive pricing info we brought you back in mid-November.

As we told you back in November there will be three models in the 2 Series range down under:

BMW 220i Coupe (135kW/270Nm)– $50,500*
BMW 220d Coupe (135kW/380Nm) – $52,500*
BMW M235i Coupe (240kW/450Nm) – $79,900*
*Manufacturer’s list pricing (includes GST & LCT).

There’s still no official specifcation details released, other than all 2 Series models will have an 8-speed automatic transmission fitted as standard. You’ll need to refer back to our previous post to get an insight as to the expected specifications.

BMW Motor Shows

What to expect from BMW in 2014

BMW M3 and M4 on display in Detroit

As well as the launch of the highly anticipated M3 and M4 in Detroit this week, BMW has much more in store during 2014. Make sure you follow the source link from BimmerFile for more detail:

2014 North American International Auto Show (January)

  • M3 (F80) and M4 (F82)
  • M235i (F22)
  • 228i (F22)

2014 Geneva Motor Show (March)

  • 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36)
  • FWD Active Tourer (F45)
  • MINI Four-door concept (F55)

2014 New York Auto Show (April)

  • X4 (F26)
  • X3 LCI

2014 Moscow Motor Show (August)

  • X6 (F16)

2014 Paris Motor Show (September)

  • X5 M (F85) and X6 M (F86)
  • 2 Series Convertible (F23)
  • MINI Four-door (F55)

[Source: BimmerFile | Pic: Bimmerpost]

Accessories & Tech BMW

BMW shows off self-drifting skills

BMW self-drifting cars

“Look mum, no hands!”

BMW showed off some pretty cool things at CES in Las Vegas last week, but we don’t think anything was cooler than the M235i and 6 Series Gran Coupé which both featured what BMW calls ActiveAssist, or “highly automated driving”, part of its ConnectedDrive system. You and I would call it self-drifting!

BMW says ActiveAssist is designed to act as “a safety assistance system which brings the vehicle back into line in demanding driving situations without any input from the driver.”

On the one hand it’s pretty clever that car makers can develop driver assistance systems that are able to step-in and regain control of the car in an emergency. On the other hand, of course, we’d all like to keep driving thanks. If we want to catch a cab we’ll do that, and have the added bonus of having a driver to tell us what’s wrong with the government of the day.

Anyway, you can read more about ActiveAssist after the break. Right now we know you just want to see the video of the M235i and it’s mad self-drifting skillz. It’s first up after the break.


Of course they’re going to make an M2, right?

BMW M235i Racing

Ever since BMW decided to introduce the 2 Series badge it’s been assumed (by us at least) that would pave the way for the eventual introduction of an M2 as the replacement for the rather clumsily titled 1 Series M Coupé.

According to BimmerFile the official word out of Munich when asked about the M2 is, “There are no plans and we’re not working on it.”

We don’t like the sound of that at all. If nothing else the M235i Racing, with its flared guards, has teased us as to what an M2 might look like. And we like what we see!

As BimmerFile speculates, the willingness of AMG to “age-down” its brand with models like the A45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG should force BMW’s hand on the M2.

That’s if Munich’s hand needs forcing at all. The 2 Series is still very new and with a multi-year life cycle ahead of it we can probably expect BMW to hold off on the release of the M2 for a few years yet. That’s often been the way with the brand’s high-end M products.

Yes, BMW is launching the M4 pretty much straight after the release of the 4 Series Coupe, but we still think BMW will do the right thing and deliver us an M2.

[Source: BimmerFile]


BMW Australia to price M235i from $79,900

BMW M235i


BMW Australia is arming its dealers with pricing and specification details for the forthcoming 2 Series Coupe. Local allocations will begin production in January 2014, meaning you could start seeing them in showrooms by March, possibly late February.

Let’s get straight into it then, thanks to a reliable tip-off, we can reveal there’ll be three 2 Series models offered in Australia:

BMW 220i Coupe – $50,500*
BMW 220d Coupe – $52,500*
BMW M235i Coupe – $79,900*
*Manufacturer’s list pricing (includes GST & LCT), correct at time of publication.

We’ll focus on the M235i for now. Costing well over 80-grand driveaway, at full retail price, we’re seeing the reality of BMW’s aim of placing a higher premium on the 2 Series Coupe compared with the 1 Series hatch. The M135i currently has a list price of $64,900 and $15,000 buys a lot of options. On the other hand you get an extra 5kW and a pretty face in the M235i.

Like the F20 M135i, standard pricing for the F22 M235i includes the well received 8-speed auto transmission. Other base equipment includes Professional navigation, extended Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise Control with braking function and dual zone climate control.

Crucially, for performance-minded buyers, the M235i pricing will position it in between the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG hatchback ($74,990) and four-door CLA 45 AMG ($86,900).

Further details for the Australian 2 Series range can be found after the break.


A quartet of BMW M2 renderings

BMW M2 rendering

Now that we’ve had official pics of the BMW M235i for a couple of weeks it’s high time we started seeing renderings for the M2. And so we bring you four amateur interpretations of what the M2 could look like.

BMW hasn’t officially confirmed they will be making an M2 coupe—of course they will. For starters they’ve already trademarked the name and Dr Friedrich Nitschke, boss of M GmbH, has spoken openly about an M2 in the past: “I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.”

So will the M2 be powered by a detuned M4 six-cylinder turbo, or perhaps feature an A45 AMG-killing four-cylinder heart?

[Source: Bimmerpost]


VIDEO: Andy Priaulx hams it up in the M235i

Andy Priaulx

Aside being forced (presumably) to treat his car like a love interest in the terribly cheesy start to this clip, we’re guessing British racing driver Andy Priaulx had fun working with BMW UK to thrash about in a new M235i for the day.


BMW 2 Series Coupe revealed

BMW M235i

Finally the BMW 2 Series is here. We’re not going to pretend it’s the prettiest coupé we’ve ever seen, but with the revised styling on the front-end alone, it’s a great leap forward in aesthetics from the 1 Series hatch on which it is based.

If you’re itching to get yourself into a 2 Series you’ll have to cool your heels until its market launch in March 2014. The public debut of the F22 coupé will take place in Detroit next January and its Australian sales launch is scheduled for the middle of next year.

BMW has published details on five models, which we’ve listed below:

BMW M235i
Power/torque: 240kW @ 5800–6000rpm / 450Nm @ 1300–4500rpm
Engine: 2979cc six cylinder turbo
Weight (unladen): 1455kg (manual), 1470kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 5.0s (manual), 4.8s (auto); 0–1000m: 23.8s (manual), 23.7s (auto)

BMW 220i
Power/torque: 135kW @ 5000–6250rpm / 270Nm @ 1250–4500rpm
Engine: 1997cc four cylinder turbo
Weight (unladen): 1350kg (manual), 1365kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 7.0s (manual), 7.0s (auto); 0–1000m: 27.3s (manual), 27.7s (auto)

BMW 220d
Power/torque: 135kW @ 4000rpm / 380Nm @ 1750–2750rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
Weight (unladen): 1375kg (manual), 1390kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 7.2s (manual), 7.1s (auto); 0–1000m: 27.5s (manual), 27.4s (auto)

BMW 225d*
Power/torque: 160kW @ 4400rpm / 450Nm @ 1500–2500rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
0–100km/h: 6.3s (auto)
*Provisional figures

BMW 218d*
Power/torque: 105kW @ 4000rpm / 320Nm @ 1750–2750rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
0–100km/h: 8.9s (auto)
*Provisional figures

Like us you’re probably most interested in the M235i. Until the M2 arrives, it is the closest thing we’ve got to a replacement for the much loved 1 Series M Coupe after all. So you’ll be pleased to know, among its kit bag of M Performance Automobile tricks, it gets a proper slippery diff. BMW says, “the mechanical rear axle differential system optimises traction in suitably dynamic driving situations.”

You can read more about the M235i and the full 2 Series range after the break.


Another naughty look at the BMW M235i

BMW M235i

Today is the official launch date of information for the new BMW 2 Series. Already, we’re up to our third round of leaked images after shots of the M235i emerged from a BMW dealer presentation and the 220d was shown to the world ahead of schedule by AutoBild.

And let’s not forget, technical specs revealing the F22 M235i will have 5kW more than the M135i hatch were leaked a couple of weeks ago. Details for the 220i and 220d were also shown at the time.

Now, we’re looking at what’s certain to be just a handful of the photos of the M235i which BMW will release later today. So there’s not really a lot left for the BMW marketing department to do. But when they do reveal all we’ll bring you plenty of 2000px goodness and all the press guff we can get our hands on.

Oh yeah, the car itself, we reckon this new M235i coupé looks pretty good. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Source: 2addicts | Thanks to John for the tip]


Here’s another BMW 2 Series leak

BMW 220d

German title Autobild has likely got itself in BMW’s bad books by revealing this 220d ahead of tomorrow’s official launch. It follows leaked pics of the M235i revealed after a dealer presentation earlier this week.

There was a video showcasing the 220d, which these still have been taken from, but it has since been removed. But the internet doesn’t forget what the eyes have seen and thanks to 2addicts we can show you what you may have missed.

In this crappy light gold paint the F22 2 Series doesn’t look its best. Which is a good thing, because overall BMW’s small coupé still looks quite good; although clearly better with the M Sport kit seen on the M235i. It helps restore faith in their design team, following the series of unfortunate events which delivered the F20 1 Series hatch.

[Source: 2addicts]