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One of the cars that we tracked in the past was the BMW 228i Coupe. This car is within a couple inches in all directions of the classic E46 M3, and some say it’s one of the best bimmers for the money.
The BMW 228i Coupe is equipped with a smaller 2.0 liter, turbocharged-four that makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque at a suitably low 1,450 rpm. When equipped with the M Sport package, the 228i gets bespoke suspension tuning (including a 10-millimetre drop in ride height and 17-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design), aerodynamically optimized body elements (including large front air intakes, striking side skirts and a diffuser for the rear apron), plus a special design for the BMW kidney grille and an exhaust tailpipe embellisher in high-gloss chrome.
The base price for the BMW 228i Coupe is $32,100, without the $925 destination and handling fee.
The Audi S3 is powered by an EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has been massaged to produce an even 300 hp. Force-fed by a single turbocharger, the 2.0-liter engine serves up its 280 lb-ft of twist from 1800 to 5500 rpm. Power peaks at 5500 rpm, and the long-stroke four-banger has a 6800-rpm redline.
0 to 62 mph is said to take 5.1 seconds with the optional six-speed dual-clutch box and 5.4 seconds with the six-speed manual.
While the 228i is down on power compared to the 2015 Audi S3, the 228i Coupe proves its worth in straight-line acceleration at a mile above sea level. Let’s have a look.