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New Package for 2015 BMW 228i is Made for the Track

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/15/2014 Erick Ayapana

If you’re torn between the 2015 BMW 228i and the M235i, perhaps this new package will convince you to go for the former and save some cash. BMW announced it will offer the 2015 BMW 228i with a new Track Handling Package, which will include many of the components found in the M235i.

Included in the package is the M Adaptive Suspension, 18-inch rims wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport brakes. The package will be available with either the six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, and pricing will be announced closer to the package’s on-sale date of July 2014.

The M Adaptive suspension gives the 228i a ride height that's 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) lower than stock, and uses a number of inputs to adjust the dampers. Meanwhile, the Variable Sport Steering adjusts the ratio to be faster (more direct) the further the steering wheel is turned away from center. Sport brakes feature fixed, four-piston clampers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear. Brake discs measure in at 13.4 inches up front and 13.6 at the back.

We have yet to test a 228i, which is powered by a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. A 2014 BMW M235i, however, did spend some time at our office for some testing, where we launched the coupe from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and completed the figure-eight course in a fairly quick 24.9 seconds. Hopefully we soon get the chance to try out Track Handling Package-equipped 228i to see how it stacks up against the M235i.

Source: BMW


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