"The BMW M235i subcompact coupe is bigger, better looking, faster and more fun than the 135i it replaces, but a disappointing lack of standard features quickly drives the price up and the desirability down," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.
Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
Forget kid in a candy store; these "kids" got to spend the day someplace much sweeter: the racetrack. The Cars.com Editorial team took its annual pilgrimage to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Midwest Automotive Media Association's spring rally.
With two days of track, street and off-road driving and nearly 100 cars available for testing, there were plenty of favorites from the event. Continue below for a gallery of the highlights.
BMW's new rear-wheel-drive coupe seats four and replaces the 1 Series coupe in the automaker's stable. It's just shy of 3 inches longer than the outgoing model, boasting a bit more rear-seat legroom and slightly more cargo space.
The 2 Series will be available in 228i and M235i trims. The amped-up M version uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder good for 322 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque as well as an M specific adaptive suspension, M Sport braking system, variable sport steering and specially tuned exhaust. Check out the photos of the M version below.
BMW's new 2 Series replaces the 1 Series in the automaker's lineup and is the brand's new entry-level offering. With styling similar to the larger 3 Series sedan, the new coupe fits right in and is actually a little bigger than the car it replaces. Inside, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the interior is attractive and well put together, but watch out for some cheap-feeling plastic panels in this $33,000 car. Check out the video for more.
Competes with: Audi A5, Infiniti G37 coupe
Looks like: The BMW 1 Series coupe
Drivetrain: A 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i) and a 322-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions
Hits dealerships: Early 2014
BMW is continuing its confusing numbers game and will welcome the 2 Series to its lineup in early 2014. The rear-wheel drive coupe seats four and replaces the 1 Series coupe. The 2 Series will be available in 228i and M235i trims starting at $33,025 and $44,025, respectively; prices include a $925 destination fee. That's slightly more than the 2013 i28i, which starts at $32,425, including destination.
Powering the 228i is a 240-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; BMW says it's good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds with the eight-speed automatic; a six-speed manual is also available. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the eight-speed are 23/35/27 mpg city/highway/combined and 22/34/26 mpg for the six-speed manual.
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