The German automaker is quite busy as the summer is almost ready to kick in – it has introduced the flagship of flagship diesels in the 750d and has even brought out a new couple of M-branded models from the internal playground.
Now we’re also finding out the 228i model is about to go for an elderly cruise and in its place we’ll be finding soon the new 230i. The new version is available for the coupe and convertible 2 Series and comes with a little bit of extra oomph. Now the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is able to deliver 252 horsepower (185 kilowatts), an increase of 7 hp (5 kW) compared to its predecessor, the 228i. The power increase comes courtesy of the B48 engine taken from the 330i model, which also has a maximum torque of 258 pound-feet (350 Newton meters). As always, the 230i will be offered with a standard six speed manual transmission or an eight-speed Steptronic automatic that can also be honed in Sport mode.
As far as performance goes, the 230i Coupe with the standard box will do the 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 5.8 seconds, which is then taken down to 5.6 seconds if you go for the automatic. If you like to bask in the summer sun you’ll go for the convertible, which due to the added heft is a tad slower at 6.1 seconds with the manual and 5.9 seconds with the automatic box. BMW is taking orders starting July for both versions and aside from the badge change there are no noticeable differences from the outgoing 228i.