- The 2015 BMW 228i with the new Track Handling package will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
- The package includes the adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, improved brakes and performance tires.
- BMW says it will announce pricing closer to the package's launch date in July.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — BMW is spicing up the 2015 228i Coupe with a new optional Track Handling package designed to add a bit of edge to the company's most affordable offering.
The Track Handling package can be added to any 2015 BMW 228i Coupe, with either the six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, during the ordering process.
BMW says it will announce pricing closer to the package's launch date in July.
The latest BMW 2 Series replaced the outgoing 1 Series as the company's entry-level line.
Although BMW has kept the starting price down to $33,025, including $925 destination fee, the 2015 228i Coupe is no slouch straight out of the box.
The 228i comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive, factory-tuned suspension and 50-50 weight distribution ensure typically spirited BMW handling.
But the Track Handling package layers on still more responsiveness and, says BMW, "embraces the desires of the most enthusiastic BMW drivers."
The fun starts with a stance that's 0.39 inch lower than standard. Then, BMW's Adaptive M Suspension, with strategically placed sensors, adds the ability for all four corners of the vehicle to respond to road conditions and driver input within milliseconds. Suspension settings are driver-selectable via a switch on the center console.
Next up is BMW Variable Sport Steering. With this system, steering ratios range from straight-line highway slow (stiff), to faster in turns, to quickest for hairpin turns or during extreme maneuvers.
BMW's M Sport Brakes provide performance-level stopping power with four-piston calipers up front and two-piston at the rear, gripping larger 13.4-inch front and 13.6-inch rear discs. Brake pads also receive an upgrade, and the system is highlighted with dark blue paint on the calipers with the M logo at the front.
The Track Handling package is capped off with non-run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, wider at the rear, which BMW says provide "massive grip in both wet and dry conditions." Also included is a Mobility Kit, which contains tire sealant and a portable 12-volt air compressor, packed in a nylon carrying case.
Edmunds says: Interested car shoppers should check in with their BMW dealer this summer for pricing and next steps.