Editorial

BMW Should Give America the 2 Series Diesels

If Americans give up some power - they could gain incredible efficiency in the beautiful baby Bimmer.

In the new 2 Series lineup, the M235i is doubtless theenthusiast’s choice. Its 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six packs the baby BMWwith 320 hp creating a pocket rocket that’s screaming to bedriven. Even the lesser model slated for America - the 2.0-literfour-cylinder 228i - makes an impressive 240 hp. But in Europe, BMW builds thecar with three diesel engines, offering outputs that aren't aswhopping, but making up for that with efficiency numbers that create an extremely appealing car.

The diesels are all based on the same 2.0-liter,direct-injected four-pot, but tuned for different performance numbers. The 218d’s turbocharger produces 141 bhp and 236 lb-ftof torque, with 0-62 mph times of 8.9 seconds. Hardly impressive in BMWstandards, but get this: it offers 64.9 mpg, making it an excellent choice for adaily drive. The top-of-the-line diesel, the 225d, gets a dual-turbocharger, goodfor 215 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Now that’s more like it! Even so, BMW promisesfuel economy of 60.1 mpg. If this car made it to America, it could offer theultimate combination of performance and efficiency for anyone stillscared of EVs.

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