More powerful BMW 240i leads updated 2 Series range

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BMW has revised the 2 Series coupe and convertible with more powerful engines, improved fuel economy and better equipment level across the range.

Headlining the refresh is the substantially updated M240i flagship, which replaces the previous M235i with an updated 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine that now produces 10kW and 50Nm more power and torque than before. The new engine generates peak outputs of 250kW at 5500rpm and a huge 500Nm of torque between 1520rpm and 4500rpm.

Driving through the standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Launch Control function, the added power has been enough to shave 0.2 seconds off the 0-100km/h time with the M240i Coupe covering the sprint in 4.6 seconds and the Convertible in 4.7 seconds with both cars limited to a top speed of 250km/h. A six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option.

Despite the increase in power, the M240i benefits from lower fuel consumption – a reduction of 0.6L/100km compared to its predecessor – and now averages 7.0L/100km for the coupe and 7.4L/100km for the convertible.

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In line with the M240i models’ performance credentials, both also feature the latest M technology to deliver a sporty drive with 18-inch M alloy wheels, Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes with four-piston front and dual piston rear callipers and the four-mode driver-selectable Driving Experience Control.

Both cars maintain the same stylish visage as their predecessors but given a boost in equipment level, along with a $2,600 price reduction to bring the sticker down to $74,900 for the M2340i coupe and $83,900 for the M240i convertible. Both prices exclude on-road costs.

For improved night vision both models now feature Adaptive Headlights with Selective Beam, along with anti-dazzle exterior mirrors with electric fold-in and auto park functions, and keyless Comfort Access system.

Inside, there is a new harman/kardon 12-speaker system for the audio unit, Navigation system Professional with the latest generation iD5 software and electric adjustment for position and lumbar support for the front seats with the Coupe, which now also gains front seat heating (already standard on the previous Convertible). For improved safety, both models now feature BMW Driving Assistant incorporating Approach Control, Lane Departure and Pedestrian Warnings with light city braking function and Attentiveness Assistant.

These features add to the existing standard fitment in the M240i Coupe and Convertible. This includes climate control, Dakota leather upholstery, cruise control, Rear View Camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, Rain Sensor automatic wipers and lights, M leather multifunction steering wheel, DAB+ Digital Radio audio and full Bluetooth with extended smartphone connectivity.

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Replacing the mid-range 228i models, the new 230i Coupe and Convertible now offer an additional 5kW of power and reduced fuel consumption from the updated 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Peak power for both models is now 185kW at 5200rpm with the maximum torque of 350Nm on tap between 1450rpm and 4800rpm. This enables a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds for the Coupe and 5.9 seconds for the Convertible.

Combined fuel consumption for the 230i Coupe is cut to 5.9L/100km while the 230i Convertible consumes 6.2L/100km.

Reflecting the cars’ sports performance, both hardtop and soft-top models are now fitted standard with the M Sport package that includes M Aerodynamics package with an M rear spoiler for the Coupe, 18-inch M alloy wheels, M Sport suspension and M Sport brakes with four-piston front and dual piston rear callipers.

For those wishing for a more luxurious finish, the Luxury Line package is available as a no-cost option for the BMW 230i Coupe and Convertible and now includes the harman/kardon 12-speaker audio system and front seat electric lumbar support.

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Both 230i Coupe and Convertible models also gain electrically adjustable heated front seats, anti-dazzle exterior mirrors with electric fold-in and auto park functions, keyless Comfort Access system, Navigation system Professional with the latest generation iD5 software, Driving Assistant with Approach Control, Lane Departure and Pedestrian Warnings with light city braking function and Attentiveness Assistant, Interior Lights Package and upgraded upholstery with a cloth/Alcantara combination for the Coupe and Dakota leather for the Convertible.

Like the 230i 2 Series models, the upgraded 220i Coupe and Convertible also benefit from the efficiency gains made by the latest generation 2.0-litre turbo engines with a 0.2L/100km reduction in fuel consumption for the 220i Coupe to 5.8L/100km. The 220i Convertible also delivers frugal fuel figures using 6.1L/100km.

Power and torque outputs for the upgraded 220i models remain at 135kW at 5000rpm and 270Nm between 1350rpm and 4600rpm. This delivers a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds for the Coupe and 7.7 seconds for the 220i Convertible.

As with the rest of the updated 2 Series range, the 220i models also benefit from an increase in standard equipment with the addition of Bi-Xenon headlights with washer system, the folding electric exterior mirrors, Interior Lights Package and the safety features of the Driving Assistant.

These additional features further extend the 220i’s offering, with climate control, Sport Line trim package with 17-inch alloy wheels, sport leather multifunction steering wheel, full Bluetooth with extended Smartphone connectivity, Rain Sensor automatic wipers and lights, Cruise Control, Rear View Camera, and rear Park Distance Control as standard.

2017 BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible Australian Pricing

220i Coupe: $51,300
230i Coupe: $61,900
M240i Coupe: $74,900
220i Convertible: $58,300
230i Convertible: $71,900
M240i Convertible: $83,900

 

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