BMW 2 Series Coupe Proves The Gas Is Always Greener In Europe
BMW has widened its diesel offering in Europe with the new 2014 2-Series lineup that includes a diesel 2 Series Coupe with more than 300 ft-lbs of torque. The company that prides itself on being the Ultimate Driving Machine wants you to be able to get a little more mileage out of those machines.
The 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe made its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Unfortunately, the US market will only see a pair of gas-powered models at first. We’ll get $32,100 (and up) 228i with a 240 horsepower 2.0 liter, four-cylinder turbo, and the M235i starting at $43,100 powered by a twin-turbo inline-six cylinder and offering 320 horsepower While certainly nothing to scoff at, denizens of BMW’s home country of Germany will be able to get their hands on three additional models, all with ever-so-popular diesel engines. It’s enough to leave one green with envy.
Over in Europe, the BMW 218d, 220d, and 225d Coupes all weigh in with 2.0L engines with varying turbocharger configurations, putting out a breathe-easy maximum of just 125 CO2/km. The 218d starts off at €29,800($40,975) in 6-speed manual or 8-speed Steptronic automatic varieties, putting out 143 horsepower and 236 lb/ft of torque.
For a little more of your hard earned Euros, you can opt for the €32,500($44,687) 220d package, which will provide more get up and go in the form of 184 horsepower and 280 lb/ft. The 220d also includes the chance to purchase the additional €4,150 aggressively tuned “sports automatic Steptronic” transmission option.
Finally, at the price of €37,950($52,181), the 225d comes out to play with 218 horsepower and 331 ft-lbs of torquey goodness mated to the aforementioned sport tranny. It isn’t just the power we’re attracted to though; the gas-powered 2.0 liter 2 Series Coupe has a fuel economy rating of 24 MPG city and 36 MPG highway.
Respectable for a performance coupe, but the diesel versions range from 67.3 to 60.1 MPG on the European standard, or about 49 to 56 MPG on the U.S. testing cycle. This is the hot setup we really want, and with BMW’s recent devotion to bringing diesel power to America, there remains the hope that athissporty diesel coupe could make its way to the U.S.
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the first diesel BMW, the 1983 524 tD, and while BMW’s EV efforts date back an extra decade, the German brand has doubled down on diesels like few others. Diesel variants of their 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 models currently available in the US, along with the top-of-the-line 740Ld making its way over here this spring, it makes sense that a diesel 2 Series Coupe would be soon follow.
For now though, it looks as though these efficient and powerful diesels will remain available in Europe only. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that someday they will grace this side of the Atlantic with their presence.