Price from 39,700 euros: market launch of the BMW 2 Series Coupé in early 2022
BMW 2 Series Coupé is getting longer, wider and flatter
● Length: 4537 mm (plus 105 mm)
● Broad: 1826 mm (plus 52 mm)
● Height: 1393 mm (minus 25 mm)
● Wheelbase: 2741 mm (plus 51 mm)
● Front track: 1573 mm (plus 52 mm)
● Rear track: 1587 mm (plus 31 mm)
The taillights are positioned strangely low
The interior is strongly reminiscent of the BMW 4 Series
Open the door! Frameless side windows – the coupé world is still in order here. Splendid. And it goes on happily. The seating position on the sports seats of the M240i is what BMW fans are used to: deep! The sports steering wheel is standard. If you let your eyes wander from the driver’s seat, you have to keep saying quietly to yourself: This is the 2 Series Coupé. Why? If you didn’t know better, you could also sit here in the big brother, the 4-series. Should hardly bother anyone, because the usability is intuitive, the ergonomics perfect, even for tall people; the ambience for the driver and front passenger is sporty without pressing. We don’t need to waste long words about the back seats, because no halfway licensed person wants to sit there voluntarily. On longer stages for two, you can fold the standard 40/20/40 divisible rear seat bench and that Trunk volume of 390 liters expand accordingly.
BMW M240i still with in-line six-cylinder
Traditionally, however, utility value is a minor matter with coupés from Munich. So let’s get to the real inner values. In the new M240i A straight six can still boast. 374 hp, 500 Nm maximum torque and all wheel drive ensure proper driving performance: 4.3 seconds from 0 to highway speed and 250 km / h Top. However, there is no longer a manual gearshift, regardless of the engine. Instead, the excellent ZF eight-speed automatic transmission across the board.
More power than the first BMW M2
Adaptive M sports suspension for a surcharge
However, one of the developers also reveals that he personally has the standard on the M240i M sports suspension (was not available for the test) preferred because it is a touch sportier. One thing becomes clear pretty quickly: With the new 2 Series Coupé, all signs point to driving pleasure. So get out of the “comfort mode” and hit the country road!
In order for the M240i to live up to its reputation as a driving machine and to trump its predecessor in all respects, BMW went to great lengths. The new platform allows one larger track width – on the front axle it is 52 millimeters and on the rear axle 31 millimeters more than on the F22. In addition, the 2 Series Coupé takes over the double-joint tension strut strut front axle and the five-link rear axle from the 4 Series. The M240i is fed up on fast, winding country roads and always gives the driver a feeling of security. This is where it makes itself felt through additional striving for driving dynamics increased torsional stiffness noticeable, which means that there is hardly any tendency to roll.
A rear-wheel drive M240i is to follow
The one on the M240i standard all-wheel drive xDrive is fully variable and, depending on the selected driving mode and the driving situation, sends up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. That ensures maximum grip M sport differential with electronically controlled locking function (up to 100 percent). In everyday life this means: The M240i almost always brings its power to the road without any loss of traction. With Launch Control falls the 100 km / h mark after just 4.3 seconds, which means that the M240i is also on par with the 370 hp M2 in this discipline.
The 2 Series Coupé is not a flyweight
After all, the people of Munich have managed to hide the extra kilos well. When driving dynamically feels the 4.54 meter long coupé handy to. With the standard variable sport steering it is an electromechanical rack and pinion steering with which the BMW can be positioned with pinpoint accuracy. If you plan in 1500 euros for the 19-inch rims (double spoke 893 M bicolor), you won’t just get that Michelin Pilot Sport 4S sports tiresbut also one larger wheel dimension on the front axle (245/35 ZR 19 instead of 225/40 R 19). Thanks to the larger contact surface, the steering behavior is very direct – that’s how it should be!
Just this much about the well-known engine / gearbox combination: The Reihensechser is a poem. The maximum torque of 500 Nm is available in a wide speed range between 1900 and 5000 rpm and, together with the Eight-speed sports automatic a perfect duo. In “Sport Plus” mode, the automatic converter slams the gears with such force that the car jerks slightly every time. The thrust is accompanied by one sonorous bass sound from the two trapezoidal tailpipes at the rear.
BMW 220d Coupe ● Engine: four-cylinder diesel (with 48-volt system) ● Power: 190 PS (+11 PS) ● maximum torque: 400 Nm ● transmission: eight-speed automatic ● drive: rear-wheel drive ● top speed: 237 km / h ● acceleration 0-100 km / h: 6.9 s ● Price: from 42,800 euros