Although the compact coupé is struggling to hold its own in the SUV-dominated car market, Munich is coming up with a successor to the BMW 2 Coupé. And that should be a treat for the seasoned BMW fanatics, a model that is once so sacred Freude am Fahren want to pay tribute. The technology and design are once again subordinate to the driving pleasure, as was the case with BMW in the past.
The BMW 2 Coupé, built in the Mexican factory of San Luis Potosí, will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 8, 2021, with Belgian deliveries scheduled for early 2022. We already have prices:
- BMW 220i Coupe: 36,700 euros
- BMW 220d Coupe: 41,500 euros
- BMW M240i xDrive Coupe: 57,250 euros
Rear or four-wheel drive
The new BMW 2 Coupé builds on the rear-wheel drive base of the 3 and 4 Series, and not on the front-wheel drive Mini platform on which both the 1 and 2 Series stand. Compared to its predecessor, the body is 28 millimeters lower and the wheelbase grows by 51 millimeters, the track width at the front and rear increases by 54 and 31 millimeters respectively – or even 63 and 35 mm for the BMW M240i. The weight distribution on both axles maintains a perfect 50/50s split.
The new BMW 2 Coupé promises more steering precision, a better balance between a lot of sport and some comfort, and a predictable handling, where you would have the choice between high cornering speeds or controlled drifting tricks. The M240i raises the bar even higher and comes with a reinforced M Sport chassis with M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential between the rear wheels. The adaptive M Sport suspension remains optional. You have the choice between 17- and 18-inch wheels, the BMW M240i Coupé stands on 19-inch wheels – if desired, shod with adapted sports rubber. And of course, 20-inch wheels are also possible.
Only with automatic?
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé debuts with three engines: the rear-wheel drive 220i or 220d and the standard M240i with xDrive all-wheel drive. In the summer of 2022, the range will be expanded with the BMW 230i Coupé, which you will be able to optionally equip with the M Sport differential from the M240i.
Striking, but not unexpected: there is no manual gearbox, the BMW 2 Coupé always switches with the Steptronic eight-speed automatic transmission. The M240i gets the Steptronic Sport transmissions as standard, which remains optional for the other motorizations.
The BMW 220i Coupé is powered by a 2 liter turbo petrol that produces 184 hp and 300 Nm, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and consumes about 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers (150 grams of CO2 ). The 230i has the same engine, but increased to 245 hp. The BMW 220d Coupé has a mild hybrid 2 liter diesel engine at 48 volts, good for 190 hp and 400 Nm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h succeeds in 6.9 seconds, the average standard consumption is 5 liters per 100 kilometers (125 grams of CO2).
In anticipation of a new BMW M2 Coupé, the M240i functions as a top version. In the nose is an inline six that combines a displacement of 3 liters with a peak power of 374 hp (between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm) and a maximum torque of 500 Nm (between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm). Aided by the electronic launch aid and the additional traction of the xDrive all-wheel drive, 4.3 seconds is enough to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h.
Slim BMW face
The gigantic grille that decorates the 4 Series is missing on the BMW 2 Coupé. The headlights and rear light blocks also look remarkably modest, as if the designers have realized that they have gone a bit out of hand with the design of the M3 and M4. The silhouette is similar to that of its predecessor, but the longer wheelbase and wider track create a sportier pose. BMW is also developing an extensive package of M Performance Parts for a wilder look.
The interior combines well-known design elements, displays and services with a remarkably low seating position. The rear seat has two seats and the trunk has a load volume of 390 liters, a gain of 20 liters compared to the previous generation of the BMW 2 Coupé. There is also a 40/20/40 rear seat and a lower sill, with which Munich seems to want to say that it remains a daily usable sportsman.