The BMW 2 Series.
The BMW 2 Series.

BMW 2 Series Coupe starts from $50,500

MUCH trumpeted driving dynamics are reportedly back in the new BMW 2 Series.

The sexy little two-door has been launched this week, starting from $50,500 for the entry level petrol model.

Three variants are available Down Under - all boasting twin turbo powerplants.

Following in the tyreprints of the 4 Series, this is another BMW to wear even-number badging. All coupes and convertibles feature even monikers, while sedans and wagons retain odd numbers.

According to Phil Horton, managing director for BMW Group Australia, the successor to the 1 Series Coupe offers an even more engaging drive.

"The 2 Series Coupe blends stunning good looks with the kind of incredible dynamic talent that can only be delivered by a truly refined driver's car," he said.

"Add to this the generous specification levels loaded with the latest in innovative technology and we are very confident that we have a winner on our hands."

The BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe.

Both the 220i and 220d Coupes can be optioned as "Sport Line" or "Modern Line" as standard.

Sport Line and Modern Line include 17-inch light-alloy wheels in exclusive designs, depending on the which line is selected, which also dictates ambient lighting with variable use of colours and special seat upholstery, interior trim strip and car key designs.

BMW Sport Line brings a high-gloss black finish for the outer air intake surrounds, the front of the kidney grille bars, the cross rib in the centre air intake and the rear apron. Modern Line uses matt aluminium for the design elements mentioned above and a body-coloured paint finish for the cross rib in the centre air intake.

There are also an array of options and packages for those wanting bespoke vehicles. 

Being performance-focused, the 235i gets all the athletic essentials including Adaptive M suspension, four-piston fixed callipers at the front and two-piston callipers at the rear and variable sport steering.

Ensuring it stands out from the crowd, it also gains the "M" aerodynamics exterior body kit with mirror caps in grey, front kidney grille with eight vertical slats in black high-gloss, 18-inch alloys and the BMW Individual high-gloss shadowline.

The interior has an anthracite roof liner, door sills with M designation, Dakota leather upholstery on the standard sports seats, 205-watt HiFi audio, better sat nav system, M leather steering wheel and aluminium hexagon interior trim with blue highlights.

Larger than the outgoing model, the coupe actually shares the same platform as the 3 Series.

The 2 Series measures 4432 mm in length (+72 mm) and 1774 mm in width (+ 26mm), but is 5mm lower than the outgoing model. The chassis has undergone similar adjustments, gaining 30mm in the wheelbase at 2690mm, as well as wider front and rear track with 1521 mm at the front (+41 mm) and 1556 mm at the rear (+43 mm).

The result is an increase in interior space and 20 litres of extra luggage capacity (now 390 litres).

It has 60-40 split-fold seats as standard.

BMW 2 Series Coupe. 
Details: Two-door rear-wheel drive compact coupe.
Engines: 220i in-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol generating maximum power of 135kW @ 5000-6250rpm  and peak torque of 270Nm @ 1250-4500rpm; 220d four-cylinder turbo diesel 135kW @ 4000rpm and 380Nm @ 1750-2750rpm; M235i six-cylinder in-line turbocharged petrol 240kW @ 5800-6000rpm and 450Nm @ 1300-4500rpm.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic.
Consumption: 220i 6.0 litres/100km (combined average); 220d 4.4L/100km; M235i 7.6L/100km.
CO2: 139g/km; 117g/km; 176g/km.
Performance 0-100kmh: 7.0 seconds; 7.1; 4.8.
Bottom line (plus on-roads): 220i $50,500, 220d $52,500, M235i $79,900.

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