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2013-10-29 10:46

RACY 2 SERIES FOR SA: BMW’s 2 Series coupe will arrive on our shores in 2014. In November however, fans can look forward to the local launch of the automaker’s 4 Series. Image: BMW

BMW continues its trend of splitting its two-door coupe and four-door sedan/hatchback models as the automaker reveals its new 2 Series coupe headed for South Africa.

BMW is playing with numbers again as it ditches its 1 Series coupe and introduces a new model to its line-up – the 2 Series Coupe. The automaker has begun a trend of “replacing” models with new digits, namely its new 4 Series (set to arrive in SA in November 2013) which replaces its 3 Series convertible and coupe.

Image gallery: BMW 2 Series coupe

HEADED FOR SA


The new 2 Series will arrive early in 2014 and the local line-up will comprise of the 220i, 220d and M235i.

Compared to the 1 Series coupe, the new model measures 4.4m (7.2cm longer), 1.7m wide (2.6cm wider) and 1.4m tall (0.5cm lower). Its wheelbase has increased by 3cm (2.6m) and the front and rear tracks are wider. The design changes translate into increased boot capacity of 20 litres to 390.

Powering the 220i is a 135kW/270Nm 2.0 four-cylinder turbo petrol, which makes its debut in a compact BMW. The 220i sprints from 0-100 in seven seconds and fuel consumption is rated at 6.0-litres/100km.

M-POWER

The beastly M235i is powered by a 240kW/450Nm 3.0 TwinPower turbo petrol. Mated to an eight-speed auto, the M-version can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, adding 0.2sec in manual guise. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.6-litres/100km.

The M-badged variant receives an M-specific chassis and an enhanced body kit.

There are three 2.0 four-cylinder diesels available - the 160kW/450Nm 225d, 135kW/380Nm 220d and 105kW/320Nm 218d.
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