BMW has lifted the lid on the all-new 2 Series Coupe and like its predecessor it remains something of a driver-focused black sheep in the ‘1 and 2’ compact family, as the only model still built around a rear-wheel drive platform.
Due to reach South Africa in early 2022, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe is somewhat larger than its predecessor, being 105 mm longer and 64 mm wider, yet for a more road-hugging stance BMW has lowered the car by 28 mm.
The newcomer is also offering an all-wheel drive configuration for the first time, with a rear-biased xDrive system being fitted as standard to the new M240i variant, which will top the range until the next BMW M2 arrives.
The M240i xDrive is powered by a brawnier version of its predecessor’s 3-litre straight six turbopetrol, now producing 285 kW (which is 35 kW more than before) and 500 N.m. 0-100 km/h now takes 4,3 seconds (a 0,3 second improvement) while the top speed remains limited to 250 km/h.
BMW has also announced two rear-driven four-cylinder models, in the form of a 220i petrol model with 135 kW and 300 N.m, and a 220d diesel that pushes 140 kW and 400 N.m. According to BMW the two models will sprint from 0-100km/h in 7,5 and 7,0 seconds respectively. All engines in the line-up are paired with the familiar eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.
M Sport suspension, as well as variable sport steering, are standard on the new 2 Series Coupe, while the M240i xDrive gets a model-specific version of the aforementioned suspension, as well as an M Sport rear axle differential, additional front axle struts and M Sport brakes. Adaptive M suspension is an option on the flagship model. The M240i rolls on 19-inch alloys and upgraded high performance tyres are offered as an option. Those opting for the four-cylinder models with an M Sport package will also get to enjoy 19-inch rims with mixed-size tyres. Furthermore, buyers can order an M Sport package ‘Pro’, which includes ‘M’ alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, a front spoiler lip and rear spoiler.
Step inside and you’ll find BMW’s latest electronics, including the Live Cockpit Professional that includes a 12,3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10,25-inch central infotainment system. Available for the first time in a 2 Series Coupe is Head-Up Display and the BMW Drive Recorder. Other highlights include cloud-based navigation and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with extended capabilities. Customers can also look forward to a “significantly expanded” range of driver assistance systems, including Driving Assistant with Lane Change Warning, Rear Collision Prevention, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, Surround View and Remove 3D View, to name just a few.
The South African model line-up, pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.