Larger, longer, wider new 2 Series is here
3.0L six gains 47 hp to make 382 total
BMW has just revealed an all-new 2 Series coupe. If you’ve not been happy with BMW’s latest large faces, then we’ve got good news. This one has a traditionally small set of kidneys sitting in front of a 382 hp inline-six.
The car is being introduced in hot form as the BMW M240i xDrive. The model starts with a bolder design that shrinks the front headlights and changes the traditional grille bars into active air flaps.
Optimised aero on the BMW 2 Series including a new rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and new side skirts help cut lift by 50 percent, and the car sits on a wheelbase 51 mm longer than before to add stability and more passenger space. The car overall is 88 mm longer, and the front and rear tracks have grown just over 60 mm for better handling.
Setting the M240i apart from other upcoming 2 Series cars are twin trapezoidal exhaust tips. Up to seven colours of tips are offered if you really want to customise your car. The engine itself will help set the BMW apart, a 3.0L turbocharged I6 with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s 47 hp more than last year, and the torque curve is flat from 1,800 rpm all the way to 5,000.
BMW’s eight-speed auto will be the only gearchange, but for those bemoaning the lack of a third pedal, BMW has made some changes. Quicker and sharper shifting and a new shift strategy that looks at topography and traffic data to let it do things like hold gears through a series of corners or downshift ahead of intersections.
All-wheel drive is standard, but it is rear-biased and is capable of sending every bit of power through the M Sport rear differential. The stability control system can send all of that to the outside rear wheel, which sounds like a drift mode to us.
On the inside, sports seats are standard as is three-zone climate control and a new sport steering wheel. This will be the first time for the 2 to offer BMW’s head-up display and BMW Live Cockpit Professional will also be on the list.
The cars are expected to start to arrive at dealers in November, with Canadian pricing from $56,950.