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Interview on the BMW 2 Series Coupé: “Getting in and grin!”

Sport+ mode, Selector lever to Position S, release the break, hit the gas and go! The BMW 2 Series Coupé in an exciting, compact sports car - with Launch Control. What distinguishes the newest Coupé in the BMW family? That‘s what we‘re here to talk about in this interview!

Interview at the BMW 2er Series Coupe - BMW M235i

In this interview we spoke with Carsten Pries, Head of Product Management , BMW M GmbH, about the historical roots of the new BMW 2 Series – and about its future. A small journey through time from yesterday to tomorrow. And right in the middle: the BMW M235i Coupé.

The 2 Series Coupé signals the return of a famous number into the BMW universe – what connections does this car have with the legendary BMW 2002?

Conceptually, here we have a very close resemblance. We have a two-door vehicle and very compact sportiness. Sportiness brought to a point.

Both models come with relatively powerful engines in conjunction with a lightweight base concept.

The BMW 2 Series Coupé translates the dimensions of the BMW 2002 in to the present. Its 4.43 meters corresponds more or less to the BMW 2002 of the early 1970s. That is why we think that the new BMW 2 Series will ensure just as much driving pleasure and sportiness as the legendary 2002 models.

A technological highlight in the BMW 2 Series Coupé is surely the Launch Control-system, which is celebrating its premiere in the compact BMW segment. Why specifically in the BMW 2 Series?

Launch Control has a long history with BMW M and can be found in various BMW M models. Th e system makes it possible to fully exploit the acceleration possibilities.

The BMW M235i Coupé is not only the youngest member of the BMW M Performance family. It is also the sportiest with a truly impressive dynamic – which fits the Launch Control system perfectly.

Lets to a look in to the future. How will we look back on the BMW 2 Series Coupé – say in 20 years time?

I think the BMW 2 Series Coupé well be remembered in 20 years as a truly authentic BMW model. One that is representative of the values for which BMW has always stood, brought to a very compact and concentrated point.

It will be remembered as a model that brought a grin of anticipation to its driver‘s face simply by opening the car door. I have been driving one of the BMW M235i test cars for a few weeks now and I can absolutely confirm that feeling. The M235i is very light-footed, precise and agile. In short, everything that a BMW should be.

Published: 16. January 2014

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Thomas Gigold has been writing about cars for more than ten years. He loves long road trips, is father of three and lives in Germany. Thomas is the Editor-in-chief at the MOTOR SHOW BLOG. Learn more.

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