BMW revealed the new 2 Series coupe on Tuesday and honestly the biggest news is that you can get it in purple. Okay, technically that’s Thundernight Metallic, but we love expressive colors, and this one really works on the bigger, bolder bodywork in the Series 2.
Like the current 2 Series, BMW will initially offer its compact coupe in 230i and M240i xDrive variants, with rear-wheel drive 230i xDrive and M240i models to follow. All Series 2 models are slightly larger than before: the 230i is 4.3 inches longer while the M240i is 3.5 inches longer, but both versions are 2.6 inches wider and have a distance 2.0-inch longer wheelbase. Unfortunately, this increased size means that the coupes are a bit bulkier, with the 230i gaining around 100 pounds and the M240i at roughly 200 pounds.
As before, the 230i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo I4, but a small increase in power results in a total output of 255 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque – increases of 7 hp and 37 pounds. -foot on the current 230i. . The M240i, meanwhile, uses a 3.0-liter turbo I6 with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, increases of 47 hp and 1 lb-ft. Regardless of the engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available, which is a bummer since the current 2 Series is one of the few BMW models you can buy with a manual gearbox.
Due to the additional coupe brochure, the 2022 Series 2 models don’t really perform better than before, despite the increased horsepower. The rear-wheel drive 230i will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which is actually 0.2 seconds slower than the current version. BMW estimates a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds for the M240i xDrive, which is just 0.1 seconds faster than its predecessor.
All 2 Series models have the lift-related dampers that BMW first introduced in the new 3 Series sedan, which should make them quite pleasant to drive. An M Sport suspension is optional, and the M240i comes with its own Adaptive M setup, complete with electronically adjustable dampers. The 230i has 18-inch wheels as standard with optional 19-inch wheels, and the M240i only comes with the latter.
Fortunately, the 2022 Series 2 comes with a host of standard driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The BMW Parking Assist Package is available for both the 230i and M240i, adding park distance control, a 360-degree camera system, and automatic parking assist.
Inside, the 2 Series does not have BMW’s sleek new iDrive 8 software, instead it is based on iDrive 7. Standard configuration includes an 8.8-inch center touchscreen and analog gauges with a 5.1-inch center screen, but buyers can opt for BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional Package, which is upgraded to a 10.3-inch center screen and 12.3-inch all-digital gauge cluster. Regardless of the configuration, the built-in navigation,other they are all standard.
As for the rest of the interior, it is normal. It looks like a scaled-down version of what you’ll find in all other new BMWs, but we certainly expect the two-door 2-Series models to get better materials than those offered in the four-door 2-Series Gran Coupe. The 230i and M240i have two USB outlets and a standard Wi-Fi access point, and there’s an optional 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, for people who really want to get up to speed.
We could go into detail about the exterior design, but all of that is subjective, and BMW styling is a hot topic these days. No, the Series 2 doesn’t have the crazy new grille found on the Series 4, but the chunky exterior isn’t as attractive as the current coupe. At least there is still a long dash-to-axle relationship, which gives this coupe good proportions.
When Series 2 of 2022 arrives in November, it will be priced at $ 37,345, including $ 995 for the destination. That will be for the RWD 230i, and the M240i xDrive will retail for $ 49,545. Expect the 230i xDrive and M240i to sit somewhere in between these two when they arrive, and stay tuned for a full, also, which should be released sometime in 2022.