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All-new BMW 2 Series Coupe revealed

Take a look at the new BMW 2 Series Coupe - a car that’s bigger, sleeker and more powerful than its predecessor.

New BMW 2 Series Coupe side angle

You can enjoy the 2 Series in a host of different guises, from the four-door Gran Coupe to the family-oriented Active Tourer, or even as a convertible.

But it’s the two-door Coupe that dominates the range. And it’s been reinvented for 2021.

First thing to note is that the 2 Series has grown, inching ever close to its older sibling, the 3 Series.

It’s now 105mm longer and 64mm wider than before, with an extended wheelbase. It’s also 28mm lower with a wider track, improving cornering dynamics.

New BMW 2 Series Coupe Side angle 2

It’s also more practical. The boot has grown by 20 litres, now standing at 390 litres, and which falls just short of the Audi A3 Saloon.

When it comes to the 2 Series’ new styling, BMW has concentrated on optimising aerodynamics, which means an active air flap control system for the BMW kidney grille, a lower intake in the front apron, plus air curtains, flush-fitting door handles, aerodynamic light-alloy wheels and an almost completely sealed underbody.

The 2 Series Coupe has also been on a diet, as it’s now almost 10 kg lighter than before, thanks in part to die-cast aluminium spring struts and an engine side member made from extruded aluminium profiles.

BMW talks about the car having a ‘low-slung look’, and it certainly appears more purposeful than the old model, with a long bonnet, short overhangs, and a swooping roofline.

New BMW 2 Series Coupe front angle

The range-topping M240i xDrive model also gets sporty extras like side skirts, a bigger rear spoiler and diffuser.

Inside the cabin, base ‘M Sport’ models feature everything from heated sport seats to ambient lighting, while equipment such as front-collision warning and lane departure warning with lane return are all fitted as standard. BMW’s well-received ‘Operating System 7’ comes as standard, while a swanky Head Up Display is an option.

New BMW 2 Series Coupe Interior

When it comes to power, there’s a spectrum that runs from ‘frugal’ to ‘fast’.

The 2.0 litre petrol ‘220i’ sprints from 0-62mph in just 7.5 seconds while still returning 45 miles to the gallon. The 2.0 litre diesel is both quicker and more economical - boasting 60mpg while also hitting 62mph from zero in 6.9 seconds.


If you want something even more ballistic, you’ll have to opt for the full-fat, four wheel drive M240i xDrive. Here a six cylinder 3.0 litre petrol engine gives you power of 374 hp and a 0-62mph time of just 4.3 seconds.

BMW says of that impressive mill:

“Developed using the motor-racing expertise of BMW M GmbH, the engine features an aluminium crankcase with a closed-deck construction and an alloy cylinder head. Internal engine efficiency is increased by weight-optimised pistons and con rods and a forged steel crankshaft. Power development and efficiency also benefit from the latest BMW M Twin Power Turbo technology. The standard M Sport exhaust system provides the perfect soundtrack to the engine’s spirited power delivery.”

An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted as standard in all BMW 2 Series Coupé models.

And because there’s a near perfect 50:50 weight distribution with all 2 Series Coupes, it should prove extremely good fun in the twisties.

Priced from £34,980, it’s due for UK launch in early 2022.

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