Germany's worst keep secret is finally official as BMW has taken the wraps off the 2014 2-Series Coupe.
Designed to replace the 1-Series Coupe, the 2-Series Coupe promises to raise the bar in terms of "dynamic ability, aesthetic appeal and emotional allure."
Looking sporty and luxurious, the model has a distinctive front fascia with a unique grille, bespoke headlights and large air intakes. There's also subtle contours, an upward sweeping character line and L-shaped taillights.
The 2-Series is slightly larger than its predecessor as it is 72mm longer, 32mm wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 30mm. This results in a more accommodating cabin that boasts additional head- and legroom as well as a larger trunk that holds up to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) of luggage.
The cabin is heavily influenced by the 1-Series and comes equipped with cloth seats and satin silver trim. Options include Dakota leather upholstery, brushed aluminum or fineline stream wood trim and a 6.5- or 8.8-inch iDrive display.
As usual, the 2-Series will be offered in Sport Line, Modern Line and the M Sport trim. The latter adds an aerodynamic body kit, a revised grille and a chrome exhaust finisher. There's also a sport-tuned suspension (which reduces the ride height by 10mm) and 17-inch M light alloy wheels. The model also boasts sport seats, aluminum hexagon trim, M-brand sill plates and revised instrumentation.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. The 220i has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder that develops 184 HP (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds and hit a top speed of up to 235 km/h (146 mph).
On the diesel side, the 218d has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that churns out 143 HP (105 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to dash from 0-100 in 8.9 seconds (8.6 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and max out at 213 km/h (132 mph).
Likewise, the 220d has a 2.0-literTwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine with 184 HP (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to run from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds (7.1 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and top out at 230 km/h.
The 225d also uses the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine but it develops 218 HP (160 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The extra power allows the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph).
Lastly, the M235i has a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six that cranks out 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (322 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to run from 0-100 in five seconds (4.8 seconds with the optional eight-speed automatic) and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 2014 BMW 2-Series will go on sale in Germany in March.
Update: BMW USA has announced the 228i will be priced from $33,025 while the M235i will retail for $44,025.