No big grille, but also no manual for new 2 Series Coupe
After a long teaser campaign, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe is finally here. The best news? It’s still the same rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe we loved from before. However, all-wheel drive is now available as well.
Powering the new 2 Series Coupe is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill with a 48V mild hybrid. The former is standard on the 230i, and it produces 245 horsepower and 400 Nm torque.
Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter engine is offered on the range-topping M240i with 374 horsepower and 500 Nm torque on tap. The lone diesel mill is rated at 190 horsepower. All engine options are mated with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The bad news? No more manual transmission. Well, at least for now.
The other good news is the design. It seems the leak yesterday was real, and the 2 Series Coupe doesn’t have the radical makeover from the 4 Series and the M3/M4 models. No big vertical kidney grilles here. The grille is roughly in line with the new uniquely shaped headlights.
Unlike other BMW models, there are lots of sharp angles on the front bumper, giving the two-door coupe a meaner look. Interestingly, the rear portion of the vehicle is nearly identical to that of the previous-generation model.
The lower-tier models of 2 Series Coupe are available with an optional M Sport suspension with stiffer springs and dampers. Meanwhile, the M240i comes standard with Adaptive M suspension and larger brakes. 18-inch wheels are standard on the 230i but can be upgraded to 19-inch units as an option. The latter comes as standard on the M240i, however.
Inside, it’s similar to what you’d find in the cabin of the new 3 Series and 4 Series. In front of the driver sits a large digital instrument cluster. Placed at the center is BMW’s signature hexagonal touchscreen infotainment system with iDrive 7. Interestingly, the door panels are embossed with an unusual pattern to set the 2 Series Coupe apart.
The 2 Series Coupe will carry on where its predecessors left off. Thankfully, BMW showed some restraint in the styling department and kept the rear-wheel-drive layout alive. Hopefully, the manual gearbox returns in the future, possibly in the form of the all-new M2.