The 2017 BMW 2 Series may be one of the brands entry models, but many driving enthusiasts consider it the pinnacle of compact sport coupes. Performance comes in two levels, the fast 230i and powerful M240i.
Even when it has an acknowledged leader in its line, BMW never stops enhancing it. The 2017 BMW 2 Series offers the perfect example of that approach. Youll find even higher performance standard across the board in a model line that offers coupes, convertibles, rear-wheel drive, xDrive all-wheel drive and a choice of potent new engines.
In all 2017 2 Series models, youll also find such technology upgrades as optional Wireless Charging and Wi-Fi Hotspot, and a new iDrive 5.0 system when equipped with optional navigation.
The biggest news for 2017 lurks beneath the 2 Series hoods. This year, the 228i morphed into the 230i when it gained a new generation 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine. The driver gets 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, gains of 8 hp and 3 lb-ft of torque, respectively.
The 230i will run from zero to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds with the standard 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission. With that 258 lb-ft of torque unleashed at just 1,450 rpm and sustained through 4,800 rpm, you dont have to rev the engine to redline to extract its impressive performance. The 230i just feels powerful and quick in all circumstances.
More proof that BMW caters to the driving purist is that it still offers a 6-speed manual transmission in the 2 Series (on both models) at no extra cost. Naturally, the 6-speed operates with the ease and precision for which BMW manuals are long renowned.
Not only is the 2017 BMW 230i a pure joy to drive, but it also makes an outstanding everyday car with solid fuel economy. Choosing the available xDrive all-wheel drive gives the 2 Series added performance regardless of weather, while still posting impressive fuel figures.
You can raise the fun quotient, and your pulse, with the new top model in the 2 Series, the 2017 M240i. The M means enhanced by BMW M, and the 240i indicates a new 335 hp TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine that piles on another 15 hp over the previous 235i, plus a significant 39 lb-ft of torque for 369 lb-ft.
When equipped with the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission and available xDrive, the M240i can streak from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, performance rivaling much more expensive dedicated sportscars. And yes, BMW will let you build one of these road warriors with the 6-speed manual (when equipped with rear-wheel drive).
The fun of driving any BMW has always gone far beyond raw acceleration performance. With near 50:50 weight distribution and masterfully designed four-wheel independent suspension, the BMW 2 Series turns any curvy road into a joyride. The M240i earns that M not just with its high-powered engine, but also with such performance equipment as standard Adaptive M Suspension, M Sport Brakes, Variable Sport Steering and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on 18-inch wheels. You can endow the 230i with all that special performance hardware by choosing the available Track Handling Package.
While the 2017 BMW 2 Series will put a grin on the most ardent driving enthusiasts face, it also treats you to the comfort, luxury and quality you expect from BMW. For example, the 230i comes standard with adjustable front sport seats that integrate 2-way power-adjustable side bolsters. The Premium Package brings additional features like ambient lighting, Comfort Access keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a moonroof. The M240i, meanwhile, features exclusive standard power front sport seats. A smorgasbord of BMW luxury, infotainment and safety features is available to build a 2017 2 Series coupe or convertible to your own specifications.
For an unforgettable taste of pure BMW driving passion, come in to test-drive one of the newly enhanced 2017 2 Series models.This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.