The second-generation BMW 2 Series Coupe has been revealed ahead of a debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a subsequent introduction in international markets in early 2022.
- The new BMW 2 Series Coupe’s styling is in line with the 3 Series and Z4
- It comes with 2 petrol and 1 mild-hybrid diesel engine options
- The M240i variant features BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system
- It is slightly larger than its predecessor
2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe: design
While remaining true to the overall silhouette of the previous car, the new 2 Series Coupé has been comprehensively redesigned to bring it into line with newer BMW models, such as the 3 Series and Z4.
Notably, though, the large, vertically oriented grilles that adorn the new 4 Series, M3 and M4 are absent. Instead, the 2 Series adopts a pair of more conventional horizontal ‘kidneys’, with engine-cooling air flaps behind. Performance-inspired design cues for all models extend to a low front apron, flared wheel arches and swollen rear haunches.
The sportier M240i is marked out specifically by its squared-off sports exhaust, a bespoke front splitter, colour coded rear spoiler, grey trim elements and unique 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels.
The M Sport styling package brings 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, variable sports steering and a host of other optional extras.
The range-wide performance connotations are carried across to the four-seat cabin, where standard-fit front sports seats, optionally heated and electrically adjustable, are mounted low in front of a sports-style multifunction steering wheel and a “driver-focused” dashboard.
2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe: engine and gearbox
From launch, it will be offered in three guises: the petrol 220i, with a 2.0-litre turbo four sending 184hp and 300Nm to the rear axle; the 220d, with a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre diesel four making 191hp and 400Nm; and the M240i xDrive, which has a 3.0-litre petrol straight six and four-wheel drive. This will top the line-up with 374hp and 500Nm until the full-fat M2 Coupé arrives later in 2022.
Each model uses an 8-speed automatic gearbox with launch control and sprint mode functionality. The M240i adds an electronic rear differential in line with its heightened handling focus, and its xDrive four-wheel drive system is programmed to give a rear bias in true BMW sports car fashion. A mid-rung 244hp 230i variant, due in summer 2022, will also be available with a differential on the rear axle.
With 34hp more power than the previous M240i, the new range-topper hits 100kph from rest in just 4.3sec and tops out at an electronically limited 155mph.
2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe: dimensions
Designed with agility and dynamism as top priorities, the coupé is slightly larger than its predecessor, at 4,537mm long and 1,838mm wide, but stands 28mm shorter, at 1,390mm tall. Its wheelbase has also been extended by 51mm.
BMW 2 Series in India
The German carmaker is yet to announce any official plans regarding bringing the new 2 Series Coupe to India. However, BMW India did launch the 2 Series Gran Coupe in our market earlier this year and it even launched the first-generation of the M2 Competition Coupe in late 2018.
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