Turner Motorsport unveils their BMW 228 Coupe project car.
The F22 2 Series is BMW’s latest and best attempt to bring that E36 and E46 contingent back into the fold as the “little brother” to the 3 and 4 Series. Dimensionally, the new 2 Series is just slightly larger than E46 3 Series coupes, available with similar power also. Both the new 228i and M235 measure in with a 105.9 inch wheelbase and a 175.9” length, almost identical to that of the E46 3 Series. Unfortunately, even with near identical dimensions the 2 Series still weights in at about 200 lbs heavier depending on drive line and options. The relatively smaller size combined with the sporty styling make the 2 Series a perfect platform for a performance oriented project car.
Turner chose to go with the N20 4-cylinder turbo engine. The N20 is quite impressive producing 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque from just 1450 rpm sending the 228i 0-60 in just 5.0 seconds. The engine is extremely light weight and smooth running featuring BMW’s award winning precision direct injection, Valvetronic and Double Vanos technologies.
The 2 Series also boasts the near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution which lends a hand in the car’s nimbleness and precise steering and handling. The double pivot spring strut front suspension and five link rear suspension is tailored to agility and performance. The sharp road feel, precise steering and handling combined with the rear wheel drive drive line gives the 2-series that familiar feeling of it’s predecessors.
Turner prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of performance and technology for all BMWs, both new and old. The exciting new 2 Series is the logical next step in BMW’s current model offerings. For starters, a set of Apex EC-7 Wheels were fitted to the car, with more upgrades planned in the near future.