The original 2 Series (and the 1 Series coupé before it) were both based on a winning recipe. Balanced handling, a light, two-door body shape and the option of a large, powerful engine made it the car of choice for numerous enthusiasts.
Expected in South Africa in 2022, the latest 2 Series builds on the original recipe, with an overhaul to keep things exciting and refreshing. Even though the latest 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupé are based on a front-wheel drive platform, BMW has elected to develop the two-door coupé as a rear-wheel drive based car.
All-wheel drive will for the first time, be fitted to the range-topping M240i, while the lower-rung models will send their power to the rear atleast keeping that winning recipe. Powered by a 3.0-litre, straight-six turbopetrol (used in the Z4 M40i, M340i and Toyota Supra), it produces 285 kW and 500 Nm of torque.
Four-cylinder derivatives will be made available too, in the form of the rear-wheel driven 220i ( 135 kW/300 Nm) and 220d (140 kW/400 Nm). All derivatives will be mated to the excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox.
While still a relatively compact coupé, the 2 Series has grown slightly. It's now 105 mm longer and slightly wider, by 64 mm. But for a more aggressive, more taut stance, BMW has also lowered the car by a considerable 28 mm.
Highlighting the sporty persona of the new 2 Series is the standard M Sport suspension package and variable sport steering, across the range. While the The halo M240i receives an M Sport differential, brakes and numerous other performance add-ons.
The interior is packed with the brand's latest technology, you'll find the new Live Cockpit Professional, which makes use of a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and digital instrument display.
BMW is yet to announce official pricing, models and optional extras, but it'll be announced closer to the launch date next year, 2022.