BMW has expanded its 2 Series range with the new 228i Coupe. Slotted between the entry-level pair of diesel and petrol 220d Coupe and 220i Coupe models and the top-of-the-range M235i Coupe that were launched in February, the mid-range 228i Coupe is priced from $64,400.
BMW Group Australia general manager of sales, Tom Noble, said the arrival of the new BMW 228i Coupe with its superb powertrain and very high level of standard equipment will significantly boost the appeal of the 2 Series Coupe.
“With its supreme combination of performance and efficiency, the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine in the new BMW 228i Coupe has already proven a hit with buyers in the 3 Series and 4 Series ranges and is set to be the sweet spot in the stylish and sporty 2 Series Coupe lineup,” he said.
“This engine, with its impressive power, rorty exhaust note and remarkable efficiency has already received critical acclaim from automotive experts winning its category in the international engine awards for the past two years and is a perfect fit for the sporty two-door BMW 228i Coupe.”
Powering the BMW 228i from 0-100km in just 5.7 seconds is the company’s widely used 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that combines Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double VANOS variable camshaft control to generate a maximum power of 180kW at 5000-6500rpm and peak torque of 350Nm between 1250rpm and 4800rpm.
BMW’s benchmark handling, agility and ride comfort are provided by a sophisticated lightweight chassis that uses a double-joint spring strut front and five-link rear suspension combined with variable sport steering and an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with gearshift paddles for manual mode and launch control function.
With a full suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including Auto Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, gear shift indicator and ECO PRO driving mode to optimise fuel consumption, the 228i Coupe has a fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km in the combined cycle.
The BMW 228i Coupe comes standard with 18-inch light alloy wheels wrapped with low profile 225/40 front and 245/35 rear tyres. The purposeful front end is distinguished by Bi-Xenon headlights with a headlight washer system; and at the rear, the sports intent of the car is denoted by the dual exhaust pipes. Depending on the choice of either Sport Line or Modern Line packages, the exterior window and mirror trim is finished in either High-Gloss Shadow Line or Chrome Line highlights.
Inside, the four-seater cabin features sports front seats and the rear 60/40-split bench seat upholstered in Dakota leather, automatic climate control, multi-function sport leather steering wheel, cruise control with braking function, automatic lights and rain sensor windscreen wipers, keyless start/stop and front and rear Park Distance Control all standard.
Standard safety equipment in the BMW 228i Coupe includes six airbags; Dynamic Stability Control with ABS, Brake Assistant, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control; and thanks to its built-in SIM card, an Intelligent Emergency Call function that automatically transfers vehicle data and initiates a phone call to the ConnectedDrive call centre in the event of an accident.