A New Sub-Compact Addition to the BMW Family– 2016 BMW 228i Coupe and Convertible

The BMW 2 Series is a lot like that new kid on the block who always want to make a noisy entrance.

However, this new kid actually exceeds expectations by delivering every promise. In January of 2014, at the North American International Auto Show, BMW brought about this “new comer,” another brand new coupe model to its family – the new BMW 2 Series Coupe 228i.

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Debuted alongside its 2-Series “baby” sibling was the M powered variant fitted with a special M Performance 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The new BMW M235i has outdone itself with its loaded torque which surpasses that of the predecessor, BMW M1 Coupe and the last generation M3. Talk about being the “black sheep” of the family!

Available 2016 228i Models

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The latest BMW 228i model line-up includes the following. 

  • 228i Coupe (2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder, 240 hp engine, MSRP $32,850)
  • 228i xDrive Coupe (2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder, 240 hp engine, MSRP $34,850)
  • 228i Convertible (2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder, 240 hp engine, MSRP $38,650)
  • 228i xDrive Convertible (2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder, 240 hp engine, MSRP $40,650)

What is so special about the 2016 BMW 228i? 

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The latest 228i is a perfect sized sporting model in the premium sub-compact division. It packs enough power for the ride and features the driving comfort of any BMW. In addition to the standard BMW amenities offered such as the iDrive, dual-climate control, and the optional Navigation with Touch Controller, the 2016 version receives more upgraded standard equipment from the prior year model. 

BMW Sport seats are now standard in the cockpit, while the newly available Luxury Package (a $350 option) offers choices of wood or brushed aluminum trims and premium Dakota Leather upholsters at additional cost (a $1,450 upgrade). Furthermore, the rigid and athletic body design based on the forerunner 1 Series has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Its safety equipment includes front, knee, side and head airbags. In addition, pedestrian protection is optimized by the front end deformation zones. 

A Brief History of the BMW 2 Series 

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The inspiration behind the BMW 2 Series was its infamous ancestor – the BMW 2002 first introduced in 1968. The compact two-door Coupe was rated at a 100 hp with peak torque of 106 lb-ft, it powers through the 0-to-60 mph race in around 12.8 seconds. The agile sports Coupe with its customized powertrain and chassis quickly became the shining star in the compact car segment. It was one of the signature BMW models that made a tremendous uproar and success in the auto industry in BMW’s early ages. 

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During the 2002 era, the most impressive model was the BMW 2002 Turbo premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1973. This infamous model was the very first European turbocharged production version and only 1,672 units were produced. The car was instantly perceptible from its exterior racing stripes, flared wheel arches to the distinctive rear spoiler. This model was fully boasted of racing characteristics.  Equipped with the Kuhnle, Kopp and Kausch turbocharged engine, the car held 170 hp, 173 lb-ft of torque, and dashes from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds.  It was the first turbocharged vehicle released in Europe, and the end of production was drawn during the 1970’s Oil Crisis. 

BMW 228i Engine

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The BMW 2 Series is all about achieving the ideal balance between the agility of a compact-sized coupe and the power of twin turbo. The 228i Coupe receives a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine outputting 240 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 255 lb-ft which is on tap between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The Coupe holds a 5.4-second score for the 0 to 60 mph sprint. The TwinPower Turbo engine technology consists of a winning BMW power-formula: a twin-scroll turbocharging system, the High Precision Direct Injection system, Valvetronic fully variable intake valve regulation, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control. Thanks to the unique chassis technology tuned customly to the engine output and the rear-wheel drive configuration, the driving efficiency is optimized without compromising driving experience. 

BMW 228i Transmission

The entire 2 Series family comes standard with the 8-speed sport automatic transmission and steering wheel paddle shifter pairing. BMW EfficientDynamics and Driving Experience Control are also part of the standard features. Driving preferences can be easily adjusted at the driver’s disposal under different driving situations.  A six-speed manual gearbox is available as a no cost Performance Option. In addition, Variable Sport Steering, M Sport Brakes, Adaptive M suspension as well as two variants of 18-inch alloy ferric grey wheels can be specified with the addition of the Track Handling Package (a $2,300 optional package) in the 228i. We will be looking into these performance add-ons and how they spruce up this ride in just a bit. 

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The 8-speed sport automatic transmission promises seamless gear-shift accentuating the sporting aspect of the novel coupe. Combined with Launch Control as well as the addition of ECO PRO mode with coasting function, maximum energy saving and drive efficiency are achieved. Utilizing the Driving Experience Control, COMFORT, SPORT, SPORT + and ECO PRO modes can be selected to bring on different drive selections. According to BMW, the Driving Experience Control switch can also be used to modify the car’s accelerator mapping and steering characteristics as well as – depending on specification – the responses of the automatic transmission and shock absorbers.

BMW 228i Fuel Efficiency

The Preliminary EPA estimated fuel economies for the 228i are within expectations as far as the recent- years BMW models go. 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic, and 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the 6-speed manual. 

Fuel savings are achieved through the standard BMW EfficientDynamics package which includes Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, an Optimum Shift Indicator, and the Auto Start/Stop function.

Even further consumption reduction can be achieved by adding the Active Driving Assistant, a $700 add-on from the Driver Assistance Plus option. Note the addition of Driver Assistance Plus will require the mandatory selection of the $1,950 Technology Package and the $2,950 Premium Package. Partnered with the Navigation system during ECO PRO mode, the system calculates and analyzes the most ideal driving style in order to reduce gasoline intake.  Alerts such as warnings of upcoming speed-zone changes and potential stops ahead are displayed as suggestions to drivers in an effort to maximize efficiency. 

BMW 228i Custom-Tuned Chassis

The sophisticated chassis technology that was developed for the BMW 2 Series consisted of a double-joint spring strut front suspension with anti-roll bars, as well as a five-link rear suspension. Like the transmission, the 2 Series chassis was specially tuned to the engine’s output to attain full efficiency. The aluminum construction achieves low center of gravity and contributes to the 50:50 perfect BMW weight distribution. The precisely engineered chassis helps to keep the journey comfortable while unleashing the maximum driving potential. 

A Greater Versatility of 228i Driving and Handling Personalization

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According to the latest BMW release on the 2 Series, here are the technical details that allow the 228i’s agile sporting aspect to shine through:

The standard DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system comes complete with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC). These tools are complemented by Brake Assist, Fading Compensation, the Brake Drying function, and Start-Off Assistant. In DTC mode, the response threshold of the driving stability system are set at a higher level. This allows the driver to make use of controlled slip through the driven wheels to pull away on snow or loose surfaces and when taking a particularly dynamic approach to cornering. In DSC Off mode, the Active Differential Brake (ADB- Sport) on the rear axle is activated. Here, a carefully calculated degree of braking force is applied to a spinning driven wheel under acceleration through tight bends, so that drive can still be channeled through the other wheel on the axle and traction levels will be optimized.

BMW 228i Performance Options

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The M Sport Brakes (Part of the $ 2,300 Track Handling Package): The M performance brake system standard in the M version of the 2 Series (M235i) can now be added onto the 228i. The U.S. model M Sport Brakes come in a blue caliber with M logo indication. The setup entails of fixed calipers, four piston at the front wheels and two pistons at the rear with comparably large brake discs. Additionally, the Original BMW Accessories supplies alternative M Performance brakes with even larger, compound cross-drill discs and calipers painted in red, orange or yellow. 

Adaptive M Suspension (Part of the $ 2,300 Track Handling Package or as part of the $2,500 M Sport Package):  The performance suspension system is fitted with electronically controlled shock absorbers. Vehicle height is reduced approximately 10 mm. 

M Sport Suspension (Part of the $2,500 M Sport Package): This is the alternative M performance suspension available to boost brake performance. The option can also be chosen from the Original BMW Accessories. The setup comes with extra-stiff spring and shock absorber settings. A 20 mm vehicle height reduction is apparent. A greater braking performance can be accomplished by this set of brakes which offers bespoke shock absorbers and shorter, red-painted coil springs for the BMW 2 Series lineup. 

Words cannot truly justify driving experience of any BMW. When we look at this reputable brand, we think of the wide range of options that BMW has provided to drivers. No matter what style you opt for; whether it is supercharged performance, ultra luxury, or even green energy sustainability, uncompromised handling is the key component offered in all BMW models. The 228i is setting a new bar in the economic compact-coupe segment to deliver a perfect concoction of affordability and driving power.