It isn’t out yet, but the BMW 2 Series Coupe is being readied for the world and will be in showrooms abroad later this year. In its final development stint, which involves the tuning of the drive and suspension system under racetrack conditions, the upcoming sports coupe is set to be one of the most driver-centric cars in the BMW stable. It is after all inspired by the legendary BMW 2002 that was known for its compact dimensions, and a fantastic drive.
The 2 Series Coupe has been testing on the race track and the everyday roads as well to find the optimum balance between performance and everyday driveability. However, there is more weightage given to the former in this case.
Powering the 2 Series Coupe will be multiple engine options with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine pumping out 245bhp and the bigger in-line six-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine churning out a healthy 369bhp mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. However, it is to be noted that the top-of-the-line M240i xDrive model will be an all-wheel drive. It is biased towards the rear, but will also give you safety and stability along with the grip of the all-wheel-drive function. Also available will be an M Sport fully variable differential which will ensure stability and cornering prowess. It also helps you to power out of corners with ease and a lot faster. And yes, it also allows one to drift the car with supreme control. In a safe environment of course. That said, we are confident that the rear-wheel-drive version is likely to be the more popular choice.
In terms of ride and suspension, expect a high amount of firmness and stiffness in the chassis as it is all done with handling in mind. Still, you won’t really be rattling about in there thanks to a lot of testing on public roads with everyday traffic.
The other thing that helps the handling is the 50:50 weight distribution. This means you have a lot more control and the car doesn’t feel out of place while you attack and tight bends.
In terms of appearance, there is little that is revealed, but you do see a familiar silhouette with the classic three-box shape of a sedan. The interior too won’t be too much of a departure from the older version, but of course, there will be some special bits for the Coupe. Is it coming to India? Not anytime soon, but we assure you once it does come, we will give it the full beans.