BMW has unveiled the 2 Series Coupé, with a character focused squarely on dynamic performance. Making use of a sophisticated chassis technology originally developed for the BMW 4 Series Coupé, this rear-wheel drive and six-cylinder in-line engine are unique in the segment; translating to superior sporting ability and hallmark BMW driving pleasure.
This modern take on the traditional concept of a compact, performance-focused two-door model tries to be different from the BMW 1 Series models. Also, we’re glad to see a new BMW without a large grille, and have to say, with its distinctive proportions and wide tracks, it sure looks like a lot of fun.
Boasting of excellent body rigidity and a perfectly balanced 50 : 50 weight distribution, the new 2 Series is expected to be just as much of a performer as its fun-to-drive predecessor. Unlike the 2 Series Gran Coupe, this is a rear-wheel-drive car (or one with a rear-biased AWD system in the case of xDrive variants).
Compared to the outgoing 230i, the new 2 Series in 230i guise is 4.3 inches longer, 2.6 inches wider, an inch lower, and rides on a wheelbase that has been lengthened by two inches. The 230i uses a tweaked 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with outputs of 255 horsepower and 400 Nm, increases of 7 hp and 37 lb-ft. In RWD guise, it’ll scoot to 100kmph in 5.5 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control is standard.
The M240i xDrive – the only other model to be offered at launch – uses the familiar 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 382 hp and 500 Nm. Torque is negligibly better but power is up by a nice 47 hp. With AWD traction, the M240i will reach 100 kmph in only 4.1 seconds. Both models can reach a top speed of 250kmph if properly equipped. BMW says that the latest eight-speeder introduces sharper shift patterns and also improves efficiency. Shift paddles add to the fun and an optional Sprint function for the 230i switches the gearbox into the lowest possible gear following a tug of more than a second on the left shift paddle.
After the thoroughly reworked look of the exterior, the interior almost comes as a bit of a disappointment. At first glance, it looks identical to the cabin in the 3 Series. While that should ensure a notable step up in quality, the design seems especially staid for a sporty coupe. Thankfully, there are some fun textures and lighting patterns on the doors that you won’t find in a 3 Series. As standard, the 230i gets power front seats, three-zone climate control, active blind-spot detection, and lane departure warning.
For infotainment duties, the new 2 Series uses the iDrive 7 operating system with an 8.8-inch central touchscreen. Analog gauges and a 5.1-inch driver information display are standard, but the BMW Live Cockpit Professional is optional with its 12.3-inch digital display. This upgrade will also add a larger 10.25-inch central touchscreen. For the first time, a head-up display is available on BMW’s smallest coupe and projects information like speed and warnings for the driver-assist systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while the default 10-speaker Hi-Fi sound system can be upgraded to a 14-speaker Harman Kardon unit.
We expect BMW to introduce this punchy looking little fighter in India, but when? Hopefully soon