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Two Is The New One (Series)

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On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Two Is The New One (Series)

Come the spring of 2014, BMW will once again debut a "new" model. Why the quotation marks? Well, BMW has been on this kick recently of delving into even number models (the most recent being the 4-Series)  as opposed to their more traditional odd-numbered Series. The 4-Series is essentially a two-door version of the 3-Series and this newest rendition of the Ultimate Driving Machine has been deemed the 2-Series. It should come as no surprise that BMW has announced it will not make a 1-Series for the 2014 model year because, as you can imagine, the 2-Series  is essentially the new 1-Series with a few slight differences.

Going with the larger number motif, the 2-Series is, in fact, larger than the 1-Series. The Two comes in four inches longer, and subsequently adds almost an inch more head and rear legroom. BMW has also given the Two the typical Bimmer interior, replete with posh surroundings, leather, and owner's choice of brushed aluminum or wood trim.

The Two will have (ironically) two engine choices: The 235i will sport a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder motor that produces a respectable 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque or opt for the 235i and you'll enjoy a 3.0-liter turbo six that makes a commanding 322 ponies and 332 lb-ft of twist. Transmission choices are the same for either engine—either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Of course, if you opt for the 3.0-liter motor, you are also privy to significant chassis upgrades like M-specific tuning, M-brakes, Michelin Sport tires, and an adaptive suspension. The M Sport package also includes a flashier body kit and chrome exhaust tips.

Acceleration numbers are very impressive, especially for an entry-level BMW. The 2.0-liter version can hustle to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph unless you opt for the M Sport package. The 3.0-liter car is just flat out fast—running to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds—and we have no doubt it could reach its governor at 155 mph with relative ease. Performance at the pump also impresses almost as much as the 2-Series' speed. The 228i chimes in at 22/34 city/highway mpg, while the more powerful 235i does cost you a little at the pump, but not much—19/28 city/highway mpg is still pretty good for a 300+ horsepower sports car.

Although it is considered an entry-level Bimmer, the 2-Series still isn't cheap. The 228i is very reasonable, starting at $33,025, while the 235i starts at $44,025. Just like the 1-Series, we are bound to see other variants coming down the pike—a convertible no doubt, and maybe, just maybe (fingers crossed), an M-version of this little car would be very exciting. While we may have a little trouble initially differentiating the new 2 from the old 1, given a little time, and perhaps a little behind-the-wheel time, we will learn to appreciate this... ahem... new... car for all it's worth.

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