That will be for the BMW 230i Coupe. The launch version will be available only in rear-wheel drive guise and with an automatic transmission. The specs show that the 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood should be good for 255 HP and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This should allow the new 230i to reach 60 mph from standstill in 5.5 seconds. Later on, those interested will be able to buy a 230i with xDrive all-wheel drive too.
The other model available from the get go will be the M Performance version, the BMW M240i xDrive. This one comes with xDrive as standard for now but BMW promised that a pure rear-wheel drive model will also be made available later on. The B58 engine under the hood is good for 382 HP and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque which, combined with the 8-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive, make this monster a fast car to 60 mph – 4.1 seconds.
Pricing for the M240i xDrive will kick off at $48,550 MSRP. Both prices – for the 230i and the M240i xDrive – do not include the $995 shipping and destination fee. Standard equipment will include 18″ wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, 3-zone climate control, Active Driving Assistant, Active Blind Spot detection, Lane Departure warning, Frontal Collision Warning with braking and Pedestrian detection and Rear cross-traffic alert, among many other things. The M240i also gets bigger wheels as standard, M Sport rear diff, adaptive M suspension and Comfort access.