The redesign of the new BMW 2 Series coupe goes more than skin deep, incorporating improvements to ride, handling, and weight balance, as well as more interior room and up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features. Both the four- and six-cylinder models are turbocharged, but the sportiest version—the M240i xDrive Coupe—is laser-focused on performance.
BMW claims inspiration in the diminutive 2002 coupe it built in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but the new 2 Series is longer, wider, lower, and a little heavier than its most recent predecessor, to say nothing of its diminutive distant ancestor, putting it in another league altogether. The visual cues that might tie it to the 2002 are faint indeed. But lineage isn’t all in looks, and the new 2 looks to be a performer. Depending upon how it’s equipped, the 2022 2 Series will hit 60 mph from a dead stop in as little as 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed as high as 155 mph, according to the automaker. Throw down the coin for the top-of-the-line M240i xDrive and you’ll also get bigger brakes and a computer controlled suspension system, among other goodies. Unlike the previous 2 Series, a convertible version is not available.