The 2022 BMW 2 Series coupes are on their way. Dynamic testing, drivetrain, and suspension tuning on the two-door compact are nearing conclusion. Production begins in the late summer of 2021.
The new BMW 2 Series is being described as more nimble, agile, and powerful than previous models.
Tuning and testing at Nurburgring’s Nordschleife and on public roads around Munich, the new 2’s drivability is key.
The 230i and M240i AWD will be the first out of the gate, with the 230i xDrive and M240i to follow.
The M240i xDrive has a 3.0 liter, inline 6-cylinder TwinPower turbo under hood, producing 382 horsepower. Backed up by a standard 8-speed sport Steptronic automatic, alas there’s no mention of a manual transmission option.
xDrive AWD systems have an M sport rear differential to add traction and stability while accelerating, according to BMW.
There’s a front lip spoiler, splitter, air curtains, deflectors, and underfloor covers for the fuel tank and rear differential. BMW attributes a 50-percent reduction in front-end lift to the aerodynamic package.
Twelve percent more torsionally rigid than its predecessor, BMW has also increased front and rear tracks to add rigidity.
New shocks enhance ride comfort, while better responding to road conditions. The optional Adaptive M suspension adds electronically-controlled shocks with settings that are more dynamic or comfort-oriented.
Improved road feel comes from new, stiffer front axle support bearings. Another option, variable sports steering, reduces steering effort while improving driving feel.
Meanwhile, the 2 Series is out there killing cones in pursuit of fine-tuning the suspension. We’ve not yet reached the point of cone conservation.