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BMW Should Give America the 2 Series Diesels

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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 the enthusiast's choice. Its 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six packs the baby BMW with 320 hp creating a pocket rocket that's screaming to be driven. Even the lesser model slated for America - the 2.0-liter four-cylinder 228i - makes an impressive 240 hp. But in Europe, BMW builds the car with three diesel engines, offering outputs that aren't as whopping, 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-ft of torque, with 0-62 mph times of 8.9 seconds. Hardly impressive in BMW standards, but get this: it offers 64.9 mpg, making it an excellent choice for a daily drive. The top-of-the-line diesel, the 225d, gets a dual-turbocharger, good for 215 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Now that's more like it! Even so, BMW promises fuel economy of 60.1 mpg. If this car made it to America, it could offer the ultimate combination of performance and efficiency for anyone still scared of EVs.

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