Track Handling Package for 2015 BMW 228i Coupe available in July 2014

Article by Christian A., on April 16, 2014

The all-new Track Handling Package for the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe will be available starting July 2014. The new Track Handling Package – inspired by the original formula of BMW “S-package” vehicles -- includes the M Adaptive Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on distinct 18-inch light-alloy wheels, Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes.

The package will be available by July for 2015 BMW 228i Coupe fitted with either six-speed manual or eight-speed Sport Automatic gearboxes. The Track Handling Package may be installed to any 228i Coupe during the ordering process.

The Adaptive M Suspension brings the starting stance around 10mm lower than the suspension of a standard BMW 228i Coupe, resulting to lower center of gravity.

The Adaptive M Suspension features front axle and central accelerometers that gather data instantaneously. This and the collected data from the existing steering angle sensor, throttle position, and brake pressure sensors would result to a comprehensive real-time damping profile to read and adapt to the road more effectively.

The damper valve adapt in milliseconds to the conditions of the road to minimize vehicle squat, dive, and roll. The driver can select the desired suspension using the Driving Dynamics Control switch in the center console.

On the other hand, BMW Variable Sport Steering features a mechanical steering rack with a directness ratio that varies throughout its range of travel.

For steering angles near center, the ratio is slower thus resulting to maximum vehicle stability for highway travel and straightaways. For managing corners, the ratio becomes faster, resulting to precise yet quick response for mid-corner adjustments to “the line.” For handling extreme steering angles, the ratio is quickest.

The package’s M Sport Brakes system features fixed, four-piston calipers at the front axle and two-piston calipers at rear as well as large brake discs with a diameter of 13.4 inches for the front and rear 13.6 inches for the rear.

The dark blue calipers carry the M logo at the front axle. The Track Handling Package will also include ultra-high performance, non-run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. BMW will announce the pricing of the package closer to the on-sale date.

BMW revealed that the 2-Series Coupe utilizes the brand’s very own tradition of compact models that are able to offer driving engagement in a fulfilling manner. Further by having a 2 in the designation, it allows this model to have a close relationship with this tradition. A good example of this was in 1966 when the brand first introduced the 1600-2.

This particular model started what would become an entirely new vehicle segment. Already seen as a unique model for its class, the specific vehicle concept implemented on the 2-Series Coupe is accurately mirrored in the design of the body. Essentially a Coupe, the two-door version comes with design features that identify it as part of this special breed.

Particularly, this is the three-box body with a low-slung profile and clearly defined boot. Then there are the doors having the frameless windows, long bonnet, and the stretched roofline which flows dynamically to the rear section.

All of these have been placed on a compact version with more intent and greater enthusiasm. As a result of hand-picking a choice of engines and chassis technology that have been tuned to result in a perfect pairing, the 2-Series Coupe is able to deliver ultra-sporty driving qualities. This is also explicitly expressed in how the exterior is designed. With overall length measuring 4,432 mm, the new 2-Series Coupe is longer by 72 mm compared to the outgoing 1-Series Coupe and longer by 108 mm versus the 1-Series.

Width has been increased as well. This new model has a total width of 1,774 mm, making it wider than the current model by 72 mm. Wheelbase on the other hand has been increased 30 mm and now measures 2,690 mm. The tracks on the front meanwhile have been upped by 41 mm and are now 1,521 mm, with the rear tracks at 1,556 mm, an increase of 43 mm.

Height has been lowered though by 5 mm and is now at 1,418 mm. The overall result is that the space in the interior has been increased and boot capacity has an additional 20 liters, totaling 390 liters. These changes also mean that unlike the 1-Series, and even the previous versions, the new model offers more efficient aerodynamics.

The BMW 220i Coupe for instance has a Cd of 0.29. Even with a sporting tradition, the new 2-Series Coupe remains to have a compact footprint. BMW revealed that the 220i Coupe will be officially making its debut in a compact version.

Powering this will be the four-cylinder engine capable of 184 hp (135 kW). For the BMW M235i Coupe, it will have the in-line six-cylinder engine that can deliver 326 hp (240 kW). This model in particular has been identified to have the top billing as it is clearly the most powerful petrol model to come from the brand’s very own M Performance Automobile range.

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