It’s a new year, and with it, BMW PH is giving their 2-Series lineup 2 new variants to spruce things up. Last year saw the launch of a lone model, the 220i M Sport, and 2023 is bringing in the 218i Coupe M Sport and the M240i XDrive Coupe. Let’s have a look at these two new specimens, shall we?
2023 BMW 218i Coupe M Sport
A notch lower than the 220i, the 218i now slots in as the base model 2-Series. But being “base” doesn’t mean you get less. Upgrades to the 218i include a lot of M bits like M High Gloss Shadow Line, M Sport Suspension, M Rear Spoiler, and 18” M Light alloy wheel Double-spoke Style 848 M Bicolour with mixed tires.
Interior bits of the 218i include Sport Seats and a BMW M leather steering wheel highlighted by the gear shift paddles that come as standard. A combination of Alcantara – Sensatec upholstery enhances comfort together with the Aluminum Rhombicle Anthracite M interior trim.
The 218i also features the BMW Live Cockpit Plus, which includes the BMW Curved Display that seamlessly integrates a 12.3” digital instrument cluster and 14.9” widescreen display and runs on the latest BMW iDrive software, Operating System 8.0.
These allow the driver and passengers to experience the best-in-class intuitive infotainment system. It comes with Smartphone Integration – Apple Carplay and Android Auto, as well as connectivity options to let passengers seamlessly integrate and enjoy their entertainment preferences in the vehicle.
Power comes by way of a TwinPower Turbo 2.0L In-line 4-cylinder petrol engine paired with an 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission with Gearshift Paddles. It is good for 250 Nm of torque and puts outs a maximum of 156 HP. These enable the 218i Coupé M Sport to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds.
The 218i Coupe M Sport retails for PHP 3,590,000 and comes with a 5-year comprehensive warranty.
2023 BMW M240i XDrive Coupe
As for the M240i XDrive Coupe, its exterior also features the M Aerodynamic Package and M Rear Spoiler. It also comes with the BMW M 50 Years Badge, M Sport Brake in Dark Blue Metallic, and 19” M Light alloy wheel Double-spoke Style 792 M Bicolour with mixed tires and run-flat tires to complete its look.
Inside, the M240i is fitted with Leather Vernasca Décor Stitching upholstery in three colors that customers may choose from which are Tacora Red, Black, and Oyster.
The heart of the M240i is the B58 engine. It is a TwinPower Turbo 3.0L inline-6 petrol engine that produces 374 HP and 500 Nm of torque mated to a ZF 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission which sends power to all four wheels via the xDrive all-wheel drive system. It’s 0-100 km/time? A quick 4.3 seconds. And if you want to have fun with it on-track, the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system combined with the Adaptive M Suspension and M Sport Differential gives the M240i sharp handling with a very high level of grip.
The M240i xDrive Coupe retails at PHP 4,890,000 and comes with the industry-leading comprehensive 5-year warranty as well.
3 variants for the venerable 2-Series. If you’re in the market for a BMW that makes you look good on the road and go fast on the track, you just got 2 more options to choose from. Budget-permitting, of course.