The new, second-generation BMW 2 Series Coupé has actually been unwrapped ahead of a debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a market launch in early 2022.
Retaining rear-wheel drive as standard and a cab-rear silhouette, the brand-new two-door design is pitched at “clients at the stylish end of the driving system looking for a mentally abundant driving experience”.
From launch, it will be offered in 3 guises: the fuel 220i, with a 2.0-litre turbo 4 sending 221lb and 181bhp ft to the rear axle; the 220d, with a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre diesel 4 making 188bhp and 295lb ft; and the M240i xDrive, which has a 3.0-litre gas straight 6 and 4×4. This will top the line-up with 369bhp and 369lb ft till the full-fat M2 Coupé gets here later in 2022.
Each model uses an eight-speed automatic transmission with Launch Control and Sprint mode performance. The M240i, which Autocar recently drove in prototype guise, includes an electronic rear differential in line with its heightened handling focus, and its xDrive 4×4 system is set to offer a rear bias in real BMW sports cars and truck style. A mid-rung 241bhp 230i variant, due in summer season 2022, will also be available with a differential on the rear axle.
With 34bhp more power than the previous M240i, the brand-new range-topper hits 62mph from rest in just 4.3 sec and peaks at an electronically minimal 155mph. Performance, on the other hand, is pegged at 32.1- 34.9 mpg, which compares with 41.5-44.8 mpg for the 220i and 55.4-60.1 mpg for the 220d.
Developed with dexterity and dynamism as top priorities, the coupé is slightly bigger than its predecessor, at 4537mm long and 1838mm broad, but stands 28mm much shorter, at 1390mm tall.
Its wheelbase has likewise been extended by 51mm for a “powerful and athletic appearance”, while wider front and rear tracks together with a 12% enhancement in torsional rigidness and a near-50:50 frontto-rear weight balance aid to improve cornering abilities.
While staying real to the overall silhouette of the previous vehicle, the new 2 Series Coupé has been adequately revamped to bring it into line with newer BMW models, such as the 3 Series and Z4.
Especially, though, the large, vertically oriented grilles that decorate the brand-new 4 Series, M3 and M4 are missing. Rather, the 2 Series embraces a set of more traditional horizontal kidneys, with engine-cooling air flaps behind. Performance-inspired design hints for all designs extend to a low front apron, flared wheel arches and inflamed rear haunches.