121 x 2: Understanding Multiplication and Its Applications


BMW introduced the X2 in October 2023 with the base version being the sDrive20i with a three-cylinder engine, producing 154 horsepower. However, there is an even lower-powered version of the crossover-coupe mashup, the X2 sDrive16i, with the same three-pot dialed down to just 121 horsepower. This small turbo engine produces 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, or 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) less than the X2 sDrive20i.

The X2 sDrive16i is available in more and more markets, including Singapore, where BMW also sells the equivalent X1 sDrive16i. Both luxury crossovers route the three-cylinder engine’s power to the front wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. However, the X2 sDrive16i is not the least powerful BMW in the country, as that role goes to the 116i with the three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline engine rated at just 107 hp and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque.

While the X2 sDrive16i may be deemed too weak by some to be worthy of the BMW badge, it is still a luxury crossover with a hefty price tag. Due to taxes on new cars in Singapore being among the biggest in the world, the X2 sDrive16i M Sport retails for S$233,888 or a whopping $173,000 / €161,000 at current exchange rates. One can spend even more by upgrading from the standard 20-inch wheels to a 21-inch set and by ordering the adaptive M suspension that lowers the ride height by 15 millimeters.

Despite its high price tag, it is unlikely that many people will line up to buy the X2 sDrive16i. However, it is still an interesting addition to BMW’s lineup, offering a unique combination of luxury and low power.

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