German luxury carmaker BMW has released details of its latest compact sportscar ahead of its official global debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2014. The BMW 2 Series is essentially a curvy, angular, two-door version of the 1 Series, but one with solid road-holding and increased performance despite its size.
The M235i, which will make its global debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, is a massive attempt by the German manufacturer to crack the US ‘sub-compact’ market in the way that it already has the premium executive sedan sector.
At $44,000 it is on the expensive side, but as well as the ferocious engine, prospective owners will get a specially tweaked suspension set-up, serious brakes and a host of electronic gadgetry — including dynamic traction control, cornering and dynamic brake control — to keep the car pointing straight and true even as grip levels reach their limits. Serious drivers can also go crazy with the options catalogue and choose adaptive suspension, electronically controlled shock absorbers and even specify a 10-20mm lower ride height.
BMW also offers a less expensive model too, the 228i coupe at $33,000. with a four-cylinder twin-turbocharged 240hp engine.
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