The heir to the BMW 1 Series Coupe has been revealed, and in keeping with its policy of naming coupes and cabrios with even numbers (odd numbers are employed on its four, five door saloons and hatches), it is called the 2 Series. The new car out-sizes its predecessor in most of all aspects. To be specific, the 2 series is 72 mm longer and 32 mm the wider of the two cars. The wheelbase 0f 2690 mm is 30 mm greater than on the previous version. The 2 series is also 110 mm longer than the earlier edition.
Similar to the 4 Series, the rear track is the widest part of the car. BMW claims that the large rear and greater length give the 2 Series an undeniably sporty look. The enhanced dimensions result in larger boot and cabin space- the headroom in front by 19 mm, rear legroom 21 mm and boot by a whole 20 litres.
But BMW’s new car isn’t just a girthier version of the 1 Series. The rear-wheel driven car gets the choicest of engines from the BMW stable and the beefiest one available will be the M235i 3.0-litre twin-turbo six engie with a peak power of 326 bhp and will send the speed dial from 0 to a 100 in a hard-to-notice 5 seconds.
The company will be offering three rims to choose from- Sport, Modern and M Sport. While the upgraded proportions assure greater stability and a more comfortable ride, BMW is also giving a number of modifications to the driving dynamics such as a a ride height lowered by 10 mm, 17 inch tires and larger brake discs on the M Sport variant. Additionally, there will be custom chassis settings, mechanical slip differential for the axle and a Sport edition of the 8-speed auto transmission to select from.
There is no news if there will be be an M2 version yet. We will have to keep ourselves content with the M235i, which has a 3.0-litre turbo 6-pot engine with 326 bhp of max power that can go from 0-100 kmph in just 4.8 seconds; with launch control engaged (the manual gearbox is slower by 5 seconds).
The 2 series is also making quite a splash with its virtual avatars. BMW created an online configurator for its latest released and the tool allows users to mess around with the cars styling and get a look at the many variations on offer for the interior and exterior of the car.
How the car will be priced in India remains to be seen. The 1 series has base price of 20.90 lakh INR (ex-showroom New Delhi). With Mercedes being more aggressive with the cost of its cars, we are sure to see BMW follow suit. The 1 Series just reached Indian shores recently so it will be a while before we can actually get out hands on the car, reasonable pricing or not.