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The new 2 series is slightly larger than the outgoing 1 series coupé that it replaces, having gained 30 mm in the wheelbase, now at 2690 mm, and 72 mm in length to 4432 mm. On a model by model basis, the kerb weight remains virtually identical, ranging from 1425 kg (EU) for the manual gearbox 220i to 1545 kg for the automatic transmission version of the M235i Coupé.
The BMW 220i Coupé has a turbocharged 4 pot producing 184 PS (181 bhp, 135 kW) of power and torque of 270 N·m (199 lb·ft, 27.5 kg·m) at 1250-4500 rpm. Equipped with a six speed manual shift transmission, the claimed 0-100 km/h time is 7.0 seconds, and CO2 emissions are 142 g/km. With the eight speed automatic option box ticked, those figures are 7.0 seconds and 134 g/km respectively.
The BMW 220d Coupé is the sole diesel version available at launch. It has a 2 litre 4 cylinder common-rail diesel engine that produces 184 PS (181 bhp, 135 kW) of power and 380 N·m (280 lb·ft, 38.8 kg·m) of torque at 1750-2750 rpm. It too is available with either a six speed manual or eight speed automatic 'box, and the 0-100 km/h times and CO2 emissions are 7.2 seconds and 119 g/km respectively for the manual version, and 7.1 seconds and 111 g/km for the automatic.
The most powerful 2 series coupé will be the BMW M235i Coupé, with the same turbocharged 3 litre 6 cylinder powerplant found in the M135i hatchback. This engine produces 326 PS (322 bhp, 240 kW) of power and 450 N·m (332 lb·ft, 45.9 kg·m) of torque from 1300 rpm to 4500 rpm. This enables the manual M235i to cover the benchmark sprint to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, the standing kilometre in 23.8 seconds, and on to a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. CO2 figures are 189 g/km. The automatic version of the M235i is claimed to be slightly faster still, with the 100 km/h sprint covered in a scant 4,8 seconds, the standing kilometre dispatched in 23.7 seconds and the top speed also limited to 250 km/h. Claimed CO2 emissions are 176 g/km for the eight speed automatic.
The initial lineup is likely to be supplemented by more petrol and diesel variants, as well as select models with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive.
Pricing in Germany is as follows, inclusive of 19% MwSt. (tax):
BMW 220i Coupé: €29 950
BMW 220i Coupé Automatic: €32 050
BMW 220d Coupé: €32 500
BMW 220d Coupé Automatic: €34 600
BMW M235i Coupé: €43 750
BMW M235i Coupé Automatic: €46 000