Sunday, June 23, 2024
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Super-sporty driving pleasure

Izah Azahari

QAF Auto, the sole importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in Brunei, is holding a showroom launch for the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé until tomorrow, from 10am to 5pm.

BMW is opening a new chapter in its tradition of super-sporty compact models. In the process, it will set a new benchmark for driving pleasure – a brand speciality – at the premium end of this vehicle class.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé embodies sporting prowess in a particularly concentrated form, with a vehicle concept focussed squarely on dynamic excellence, an athletic design, powerful engine and sophisticated chassis technology.

Its standalone appearance, a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine at the sharp end of the line-up, rear-wheel drive and chassis components carried over from the BMW 4 Series put clear water between the new BMW 2 Series Coupé and the compact BMW 1 Series, while also laying the foundations for performance attributes beyond the reach of any segment rival.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé follows in the tyre tracks of the legendary BMW 02, which 55 years ago lit the fuse for the brand’s recent history of compact and irresistibly sporty two-door models.

As well as noticeable gains in dynamic ability, the new BMW 2 Series Coupé also offers a premium cabin ambience of even greater class, and cutting-edge innovations in the areas of operation and connectivity.

The advances made over the predecessor model are also reflected in a much wider range of driver assistance systems.

ABOVE & BELOW: The all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé; and a significantly broader selection of driver assistance system. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

The new BMW M240i xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km (32.1 – 34.9 mpg imp) in the WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions combined: 200 – 185 g/km in the WLTP cycle) uses its 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line engine and intelligent all-wheel drive to generate a driving experience of rare emotional richness.

The fresh, youthful and extroverted aura of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé is complemented by thoroughly engineered and perfectly balanced driving attributes. Its vehicle concept is geared squarely offering agile and precisely controllable handling in highly dynamic situations.

Compact dimensions, intelligent lightweight design for the body and chassis, an up to 12 per cent increase in static torsional rigidity compared to the predecessor model, almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution and optimised aerodynamics create an ideal blueprint for a vehicle character majoring in sporting excellence.

The agility, steering precision and cornering dynamics of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé represent a significant step forward from the predecessor model. At the same time, optimised ride comfort and acoustics enhance the car’s abilities both in everyday driving and over long-distance journeys.

The exterior dimensions of the new compact sports car provide the ideal starting point for excellent driving dynamics.

A vehicle length of 4,537 millimetres and width of 1,838 millimetres represent increases over the measurements for the predecessor model of 105 and 64 millimetres. However, the new car stands 28 millimetres lower, with a vehicle height of 1,390 millimetres. Other factors in the powerful and athletic appearance of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé are its wheelbase, which is now 51 millimetres longer at 2,741 millimetres, and the wide tracks.

Track widths of 1,575 millimetres (an increase of 54 millimetres) at the front axle and 1,587 millimetres (an increase of 31 millimetres) at the rear axle (BMW M240i xDrive Coupé: +63 millimetres at the front, +35 millimetres at the rear) are ideal for excellent cornering dynamics.

Three-dimensional surfaces, triangular forms and diagonal lines shape the striking front end of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé. Prominently flared wheel arches and a muscular power dome at the centre of the bonnet give a clear indication of the 2 Series Coupé’s dynamic driving characteristics.

The BMW kidney grille is horizontal in design and features vertically arranged air flaps at its heart in place of the classical bars. These open electrically when the engine behind the scene has an increased need for cooling air.

The standard-fitted full-LED headlights are positioned in the outer reaches of the front end and, inspired by the legendary BMW 02 models, have a single unit and circular design.

Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant can be specified as an option.

These are also available in optional M lights Shadow Line specification with darkened inlays.

The all new BMW 2 Series Coupé also sees a side view with crisp lines and powerful rear, sporting flair and refined premium ambience for the interior, advanced chassis engineering with technology transfer from the BMW 4 Series, unparalleled driving pleasure powered by four and six cylinder in-line engine, significantly broader selection of driver assistance systems, as well as advanced connectivity and new digital services.

The Ramadhan and Hari Raya promotions are still ongoing until the end of the month, which include low monthly installment, complimentary warranty up to five years, complimentary service package up to 10 years, cash vouchers and many more with terms and conditions applied.

Those visiting the BMW showroom this weekend will be able to view the M240i xDrive Coupé on display in Mineral White with Black and Blue contrast stitching and also be able to enjoy light refreshments.

Other models on display are the BMW M2 and M235i Gran Coupé.