Retaining rear-wheel drive and a lively straight six, BMW has pledged to keep the new compact two-door a proper enthusiast’s car. Promise kept?
BMW’s case that the brand-new 2 Series Coupé occupies a “certainly particular niche position” in the brand’s profile may make followers of the fantastic original model anxious. After all, international auto titans in business of selling as several cars as feasible do not have a tendency to focus sources on tiny niches.
In this instance, “defiantly particular niche” suggests that after the 1 Collection hatchback switched over to a front-driven platform (additionally used by the 2 Collection Gran Coupé), the 2 Series Coupé is the single compact BMW entrusted to rear-wheel drive. That sounds like a dish for an absence of investment, given that the cars and truck’s sales will be overshadowed by every one of the about 374 various SUVs that BMW now markets. However in truth, it has actually functioned as a liberation.
With the link to the 1 Collection it was originally spun out of (changing the 1 Collection Coupé) currently damaged, the 2 Collection Coupé remains on an adapted version of the CLAR system used by the 3 Series as well as 4 Series. That suggests it retains a rear-drive format as well as enables BMW’s 3.0-litre straight 6 tobe utilized in performance variations. According to the 2 Series Coupé’s engineers, both of those were non-negotiable musts.
That’s just one instance of exactly how the 2 Collection Coupé feels like an automobile that has actually been made by fanatics for fanatics. Which makes feeling, considered that the bulk of the initial design sales were of the warm M240i and also fiery M2 versions. The new 2 Series Coupé will be released in the UK very early next year, in three roles: the 220i gasoline (₤ 34,980), the 220d diesel (₤ 36,900) and also the four-wheel-drive M240i xDrive driven below (₤ 45,795). The M Performance version uses a version of the straight six tuned for 369bhp– a substantial rise on its precursor– as well as will function as the range-topper until the brand-new M2 shows up in 2023.
The new 2 Series Coupé might be based on an entirely brand-new system, yet its design is pleasingly familiar, retaining the timeless three-box body, although snappy that’s sharper as well as much more shaped. The kidney grille has actually grown, as well as while the stretched horizontal styling could not be to the preferences of every BMW classicist, it’s refreshingly limited by the firm’s modern-day standards. This is an indicator that this cars and truck is interested in catching the interest of those inside it, rather than those checking out it. The M240i variation also includes a series of wind resistant turning vanes as well as splitters to minimize lift.
The brand-new system change implies the 2 Collection Coupé has actually expanded a little: it’s 105mm longer and also 64mm bigger than its precursor, although likewise 28mm reduced. But that extra width serves an objective: the track width has been raised (by 54mm at the front and 31mm at the rear) to enhance stability while cornering. The M240i’s 19in tires are also bigger to go along with that.
Plenty of focus has gone into conserving weight and raising tightness, making use of understandings from the advancement of the latest Z4 roadster. BMW claims the brand-new coupé has 12% even more torsional rigidness and also keeps 50:50 weight distribution. It features the aluminium spring shows off as well as engine side members from the 4 Series, while the bonnet as well as front side panels are also made from the light-weight metal.
Every version includes two-joint spring-strut front suspension and a five-link rear axle, plus the M240i gains M Sport adjusting including additional front axle struts, a brand-new back differential and also upgraded brakes.
The inside is where the links with the 3 Collection and also 4 Collection show: while there are one-of-a-kind styling details, much of the control panel and front cabin style is rollovered from those cars and trucks. Which is a very good point, making it comfy, large and well provided. A natural leather sporting activities steering wheel and sporting activities seats are basic, plus the M240i obtains lots of flashy Alcantara and also M Sport trim aspects.
The cars and truck’s additional length has enabled the boot to expand to 390 litres, although room in the rear naturally remains restricted. Not unduly so for an automobile of this size, though: 2 grownups will fit in all right, but they would not wish to invest an unwanted of time back there.
Still, if you desire a 2 Series and rear-seat functionality is a main concern, you would certainly get the Gran Coupé or the Energetic Tourer. If you’re acquiring the Coupé, you possibly aren’t much stressed over rear leg room: you will be staying up front, in the low-slung, preferably placed vehicle driver’s seat. Due to the fact that, of course, this is a driver’s car.
As well as what a driver’s cars and truck. BMW has, to utilize a technological term, absolutely shattered it. From the moment you push the begin switch and bring that gloriously resonant straight 6 to life, it’s clear that the M240i has actually been made by enthusiasts for lovers.
The engine is wonderfully instant, with superb throttle response. As well as because all 369lb ft of torque is available from just 1900rpm, strong efficiency is conveniently accessible.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is well tuned to the power delivery, and supplied immediately when gotten in touch with. While the M240i utilizes BMW’s xDrive system, it’s tuned to send the bulk of the power to the rear axle in the majority of situations, which imbues the car with the pleasing sensation of a rear-driven sports coupé. It constantly seems like there’s an unwanted of grasp, giving you the self-confidence to push on need to you intend to.
This makes the M240i an authentic joy to handle. Its guiding is preferably weighted, and it really feels settled as well as made up when collaring at any kind of speed. It’s eager to kip down, its body control is superb as well as its adaptive dampers just take in little bumps. And also while some compact performance coupés can be overly rigid and brittle, the M240i manages to maintain a solid side without any concession on trip quality.
There are Eco, Comfort and Sport driving settings, which change the guiding aid, throttle level of sensitivity, transmission setups as well as dampers as required.
That said, we presume drivers will mostly use Flexible, which skillfully changes those settings based on the vehicle’s rate as well as your inputs. It exhibits the duality of objective the M240i has: get to a community after a blast on quiet country roads as well as, as you reduce, the machine transforms from a proper sports car right into a wonderfully hushed and also comfy metropolitan cruiser.
There’s no question that the 2 Series Coupé is currently the weird one out in BMW’s compact cars and truck line-up. However definitely not laid-up. It resembles a quadruple coffee in a sea of frothy coffees: a pure selection for perfectionists. You get the sense that BMW’s designers have actually been given the freedom to make the auto they desired. “Certainly niche”? I would concur– which’s an excellent point.