Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly known as BMW (German pronunciation: (about Benting), is a German multinational company that produces luxury cars and motorcycles. The company was founded in 1916 and is an aircraft engine manufacturer. From 1917 to 1918, and from 1933 to 1945, cars were sold under the BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce brands, and motorcycles were sold under the BMW Motorrad brand. In 2017, BMW was the 14th largest automobile engine manufacturer in the world with 2,279,503 cars.
The company has a good track record in motorsports, especially in passenger cars, Formula One, sports cars, and the Isle of Man TT. BMW is headquartered in Munich and has locations in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the Netherlands. The Quandt family in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States are long-term shareholders of the company (the remaining shares were invested by the brothers Herbert and Harald Quandt in 1959 to save the company from bankruptcy.
The starting lineup of BMW’s new 2 Series Coupe includes rear-wheel-drive 220i and 220d, followed by the spicy M240i xDrive. The 230i will be launched next summer. The three have one thing in common: there is no manual gearbox. Our friends at BMW BLOG learned that the Bavarians are planning to expand the range by launching a rear-wheel-drive version of the M240i, but even this version will eliminate the gear lever. In early 2022 or early 2022, it is equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. As in the case of the xDrive version, the RWD version may get a Steptronic Sport gearbox version with steering wheel paddles and start control. BMW seems to want people to be closer to the complete M2.
For the manual, as many rumors suggest, the range bowler will have a three-pedal setting. In addition, the Series 2 flagship is considered to only adopt the RWD form, which is different from the older M4 brothers that now provide xDrive for the first time. At the same time, we should point out that the M Performance model is more powerful in the United States than in Europe. , Maybe because the version sold in the Old World must comply with stricter emission regulations.
The American-spec M240i xDrive provides 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters), while its European cousin must meet 369 horsepower (275 kilowatts) and the same torque. There are also differences between the two. The North American variant of the M240i delivers full horsepower at 5,800 rpm, while Euro unlocks all horsepower earlier at 5,500 rpm. In terms of torque, the situation is just the opposite, because the US-spec model provides full torque at 1,800 rpm compared to the European-spec 1,900 rpm coupe. The M2 is believed to have up to 450 horsepower and 400 pound-feet (542 Nm) of power and will arrive sometime in 2023.