The second-generation BMW 2 Series Coupé has made its debut. Said the German manufacturer, “[the] new edition of the 2 Series Coupé is focused squarely on dynamic performance”, with its striking exterior design cues, which include a new iteration of BMW’s iconic kidney grille, a range of powerful engine options, “sophisticated” chassis technology and rear-wheel drive, with the M240i gaining rear-wheel-biased xDrive.
According to BMW, the G42-generation 2 Series Coupé’s exterior styling is a contemporary take on the traditional concept of a compact, performance-focused two-door that dates to the BMW 02 Series. The most distinguishable design cues up font are the new 2 Coupé’s redesigned kidneys, flanked by sculpted LED headlamps, and more prominent front bumper. Round back, the pronounced wheelarches lend the two-door a muscular stance.
Compared to its predecessor, the G42 measures 105 mm longer and 64 mm wider. The wheelbase, meanwhile, has increased by 51 mm, while ground clearance has been lowered by 28 mm. The front and rear tracks have been widened, too, with the former now measuring 54 mm wider (63 mm more in the M240i xDrive Coupé) and latter up by 31 mm (35 mm more in the M240i xDrive Coupé).
Borrowed from its 4 Series sibling and given bespoke tuning, the new 2 Series Coupé’s, BMW says, “sophisticated” chassis technology offers a “clear improvement” in agility, steering precision, and corning dynamics over the previous 2. As standard, the 2 Series is now fitted with two-joint spring front and five-link rear suspension, and Servotronic functionality for its electric power steering. Standard on the M240i xDrive Coupé, M Sport suspension can be specified on other derivatives. In addition to the latter, the M240i features additional front axle struts, an M Sport rear diff and M Sport brakes. 17-inch light alloy wheels come as standard, with 18-inch M items included with M Sport specification. Riding on 19-inch M alloys, the M240i xDrive Coupé can be had with the option of high-performance tyres.
At launch, the new 2 will be offered with the choice of three engine options, two 2,0-litre inline-fours, linked to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, in the 220i and 220d and a 3,0-litre six-cylinder powerplant, linked to BMW’s Sport Steptronic, in the M240i xDrive. The 220i model produces 135 kW and 300 N.m, the 220d 140 kW and 400 N.m, and M240i 275 kW and 500 N.m. A 230i variant, featuring a 185 kW four-cylinder, will join the line-up at a later stage.