The rear-drive 2 Series coupe is one of the few fun cars left in BMW’s lineup. When the front-wheel-drive-based 2 Series Gran Coupe debuted back in 2019, we here at Road & Track were scared the company wouldn’t replace the current 2 Series coupe with another compact RWD fun machine. We’re happy to report that’s not the case. Meet the 2022 2 Series Coupe.
If you were worried BMW would slap the massive double-coffin-like grille found on the bigger 4 Series onto the entry level 2, consider yourself lucky. Designers went in a different direction here, using a more traditional horizontally apposed kidney grille setup. The headlights sport their own unique shape, though, as do the taillights out back. The lower portion of the bumper utilizes a lot of sharp angles, while the rear portion looks to be near-identical to the last-gen car’s design. The inside is pure BMW, with a cabin design that shares most of its layout with the 3 and 4 Series.
The 2022 2 Series will be offered in two trims in the U.S.: A base 230i and a sportier M240i. Both will be available with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system as an option.
The 230i will get the latest version of BMW’s widely used 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, rated at 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while M240i gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six making 382 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The base model will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the xDrive-equipped M240i can get the job done in just 4.1 seconds, according to the company. Top speed for both cars is electronically limited to 130 mph or 155 mph, depending on options selected. Purists will be sad to hear the only choice of transmission is the ever-popular ZF eight-speed automatic.
BMW says it was able to squeeze a 12-percent increase in static torsional rigidity over the outgoing 2 Series coupe. Weight distribution is a perfect 50-50 thanks to aluminum fenders and an aluminum hood. Adaptive M suspension, optional on the 230i and standard on the M240i, means continuously adjustable damping force at each wheel individually for the best ride possible. There’s also the M Sport rear differential, a fully variable locking unit that can go from zero to 100-percent locked depending on the situation. Like the adaptive ride, it’s standard on the M240i and available on the 230i.
Strangely, the rear-drive 230i and the xDrive M240i are the models we’ll be getting first, with a planned November 2021 launch in the United States. The xDrive 230i and the rear-drive M240i are expected to arrive at dealerships next year. The full-on M2 should arrive sometime after that—hopefully with a true shift-it-yourself gearbox.
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