BMW has unveiled its new 2 Series Coupe – a two-door sporting model that promises ‘exceptional sporty talent’.
Sitting as BMW’s most affordable coupe, the new 2 Series gets an overhauled design and raft of technology compared to its predecessor, along with greater differences from the 1 Series hatchback it’s loosely based on.
Unlike the 1 Series, BMW has retained rear-wheel-drive for most 2 Series models, while the flagship M240i model will have all-wheel-drive and will retain its six-cylinder engine – a 369bhp 3.0-litre in-line six (34bhp more than before). BMW says it will be capable of going from 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds.
At launch, a 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol (220i) and 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel (220d) will also be available. All new 2 Series models will feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox, too.
The new 2 Series Coupe is wider and longer than its predecessor, which enables a larger 390-litre boot, 20 up compared to the previous car, and retains an arguably more attractive look than the larger 4 Series model. That’s notable with its smaller kidney grille, which also contains an active air flap system that aims to channel the air more effectively. Familiar 2 Series styling cues like a long bonnet, steeply sloping roofline and small boot lid remain, though.
To highlight the M240i’s sportiness, these models also come with trapezoidal exhaust tips, black front splitter and Cerium Grey detailing – the latter a familiar touch on BMW’s M models.
Inside, the new 2 Series interior is a big step forward compared to its predecessor, with a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen system included – mirroring the layout on BMW’s latest models. A head-up display is also available for the first time in a 2 Series, while further digital services are enabled, including a ‘Digital Key’ that allows you to use your smartphone to unlock the car, as well as a ‘Personal Assistant’ voice control service operated using the words ‘Hey BMW’.
Behind the wheel, BMW is promising ‘class-leading driving dynamics’, with the new 2 Series featuring ‘almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution’, along with a range of chassis tweaks that come from more expensive BMW models. An M Sport differential is also available on the M240i, which is able to split power between individual wheels to maximise cornering agility.
Regular 2 Series models will only be available in M Sport trim, with prices starting from £34,980 for a 220i and £36,900 for the 220d. Meanwhile the top M240i is available from £45,795. First UK deliveries are expected at the start of 2022.Enquire on a new BMW 2 Series