The world of sporty coupes is rapidly shrinking, and fans of the segment have fewer and fewer options to choose from these days. The Ford Mustang is of course a stalwart in the segment and will continue to offer V8 power for the foreseeable future, even if its chief rival – the Chevrolet Camaro – seems destined to be discontinued. Then there are the more luxurious offerings like the new 2022 BMW 2 Series coupe, which was just revealed with more subdued styling than the controversial 4 Series.
The 2022 BMW 2 Series also retains its rear-wheel-drive layout – though all-wheel-drive is available as well – which is great news for enthusiasts, along with the smaller kidney grilles. The new 2 Series also sports headlights inspired by the classic BMW 2002 sedan, triangular air intakes, short overhangs, and wide rear fenders with pronounced flares.
The 2022 2 Series is a bit larger than its predecessor – 4.3 inches longer and 2.6 inches wider, with a wheelbase that’s 2.0 inches longer. As a result, the interior also gains three cubic feet of passenger space. The cabin is standard BMW fare, with a touchscreen and analog instrumentation or an optional 12.3-inch digital cluster, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment.
In the powertrain department, the 2022 BMW 2 Series offers two options. The RWD 230i is powered by the automaker’s turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, which is rated to produce 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. BMW says that 0-60 takes around 5.5 seconds, while the car is limited to either a 130 or 155 mile-per-hour top speed depending on what tires it’s equipped with.
Meanwhile, the AWD M240i xDrive is equipped with BMW’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six that’s rated to produce 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which powers the car to a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, though top speed is once again limited to either 130 or 155 mph. Both engines are backed up exclusively by an 8-speed automatic transmission, though it’s possible that the forthcoming 2022 M2 will offer a manual option.
When it launches in the U.S. this November, the 230i will feature a base MSRP of $37,345, while the M240i xDrive will start out at $49,545.