All-new 2021 BMW 2-series specs revealed – topped by new M240i
The brand new era mannequin is certainly to diverge from the present 1- and 2-series Gran Coupe mannequin traces and their front-wheel drive platforms, retaining a rear-wheel drive chassis shared with the BMW 3-series. This won’t solely make the usual 2-series extra carefully related to BMW’s rear-wheel drive heritage, but in addition type a base as the subsequent M2, which can be in improvement.
For now although, BMW has solely given us perception into its commonplace 2-series Coupe, and extra particularly the brand new M240i xDrive, which as its title implies will solely be out there with all-wheel drive. Peak energy has been confirmed at 369bhp, similar to the present M340i. This similar determine alludes to the very fact it is going to be the closed-deck B58 unit, which on this type additionally produces a 369lb ft torque peak between a 1850 and 5000rpm. Serving to produce these figures is the standard twin-scroll turbocharger.
This can be related to BMW’s regular eight-speed ZF-sourced automated transmission, powering the wheels by way of the aforementioned all-wheel drive system. Just like the M340i saloon, it is going to be closely rear-biased, and likewise characteristic a restricted slip differential on the rear axle – a barely ironic inclusion given the earlier rear-drive mannequin’s determined want for an LSD that just about feels defunct given the four-driven wheels. BMW has not launched efficiency figures, however given the bigger M340i will hit 62mph in 4.4sec, we suspect the brand new M240i will dip beneath that determine due to a smaller footprint and subsequently in all probability weight saving.
We anticipate the brand new 2-series to be marginally larger than the present 2-series coupe, with a wider observe becoming a member of the normal lengthy bonnet, cab-back silhouette and brief entrance overhang typical of a rear-driven BMW mannequin. An fascinating element is the usage of a brand new simplified door deal with that cleans up the door profile – it is a design ingredient already revealed within the newest BMW i4. These of you with a specific dislike of the brand new 4-series grille will even be glad to see extra conventional kidneys in use.
What particular powertrain a future M2 would possibly embrace is extra of a thriller although, as whereas the present mannequin began life with a heavily-modified model of a ‘regular’ BMW straight-six, its transfer to a de-tuned model of the M3’s S55 engine in later Competitors and CS fashions introduced a giant enchancment in efficiency, and repute. Along with this, present emissions laws makes it a better course of to detune a high-specification engine than modify a lesser one, making a future M2’s use of a full-fat M engine much more doubtless.
This implies a possible inclusion of the S58 in BMW’s new M3 and M4, which breach 500bhp in Competitors type. Because of the smaller measurement and cheaper price level of the M2, we anticipate energy to be decreased, hovering round 420-450bhp. So whereas we’re nonetheless on a excessive from the present M2 in its very good CS type, we will relaxation secure within the information that it’s not the ultimate sign-off of the compact BMW M coupe, somewhat a celebration of the present mannequin earlier than we get to get pleasure from an all-new one.