June 28, 2014, 12:08 pm
BMW stylist just puffed up the Two to create the Four, or they let some air out of the Four to get the Two. As I see it, the creation of the Two was a sad event!
The One was created to celebrate the iconic 1969 1600 or 2002, the cars responsible for BMW's eventual success in the automotive industry. The One certainly emulated its famous predecessor, a tall narrow car with a big greenhouse, and compared to vehicles of its day, it was an ugly duckling. One interesting thing about the One was its size. By today's standards, it is considered a small car, but once upon a time this was how big cars were!
But getting back to the Two. In my area, the One wasn't a hot seller. A Three was just a lot bigger, and I suppose a lot more impressive while not costing much more. While the One was a unique vehicle with a lot of character with a compliment of some very nice options, the Two followed a standard formula of longer, lower, and wider. I suppose it is prettier too, but I see it as a boy racer vehicle with the M badge plastered all over it in 16 places. Notice that the oil temperature gauge is missing, and there isn't a water one! Another missing element is the replacement of the hydraulically assisted steering with electric resulting in the absence of road feel! And finally does a straight six need two exhaust pipes?
One biggie missing is the DCT. I think a 6-spd is available which is what I'd opt for. The 8-spd steptronic is kind of an odd choice, but the top gear coupled with the econ setting is for fuel economy? I should also mention that BMW is slicing and dicing the M badge into two distinct areas - Performance and Sport. Shortly M won't mean anything with every car built sporting at least 16.