The 2017 BMW 2 Series Models Get Bigger And Slightly More Confusing Names

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Were you attached to the BMW 228i and M235i? If so, I’m about to shake up your fragile grip on reality. The agile and ridiculously fun 2 Series is about to get a name change in line with the updated 3 Series.

According to BMW, that means the four-cylinder 228i is now the 230i, and the six-cylinder M235i is now the M240i.

Make sense? Of course not, but BMWs haven’t in a while. These tweaks include the coupe and convertible 2 Series, and their all-wheel drive variants.


Still, the name change doesn’t stop the 2 Series from being an awesome car, one of the best on the market (and in my humble opinion the best enthusiast BMWs you can buy right now.) On the plus side, they get slightly more power too: the 230i is now up slightly to 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and the M240i is up to 335 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, nearly 40 lb-ft over the old car.

More power! More numbers! More more, hopefully. Sounds fun, but my money’s on the M2.

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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I love how the 2 door 1 series had to become the 2 door 2 series to make room for a 4 door 1 series. Much like how the 2 door 3 series became the 2 door 4 series, but there’s still a 4 door 4 series if you want 2 more doors than the 2 door 3 series. Luckily, the 2 door 5 series was always the 6 series, but the 2 door 6 series can also be a 4 door 6 if you really want the 6-series’ 4-door version of a 5-series.