The final phase of the series development process for the new BMW 2 Series Coupé has begun with the dynamic testing and tuning of its drive and suspension systems under racetrack conditions.

The unique selling points of the new edition of the two-door compact sports car, which will be manufactured from late summer 2021, include the rear-wheel drive setup, an in-line 6-cylinder engine, almost 50:50 balanced axle system, enhanced body rigidty and chassis technology consistently designed for agile and dynamic driving behaviour.

New BMW 2 Series side view with driver


As a driver-oriented, compact two-door model, the new BMW 2 Series Coupé continues a tradition that has been going since the legendary BMW 2002.

During the development of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé, the test and tuning drives on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife serve as the ultimate test for wheel suspension, chassis, damping, steering and braking system.

In addition, testing on public country roads around Munich and at the BMW Group test site in Maisach ensure that the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé can also be experienced in everyday traffic and under different road conditions.

New BMW 2 Series 3/4 rear view


The new BMW 2 Series Coupé's focus on driving dynamics is embodied particularly by the BMW M version at the top of the range – the new BMW M240i xDrive Coupé. With an in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, it generates a maximum output of 374hp and is combined with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.

The BMW M model puts its power to the road using the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system. The system's rear-wheel oriented design ensures hallmark BMW driving pleasure in conjunction with a power distribution that adapts perfectly to adverse road and weather conditions.

The driving dynamics tests also conducted on the Nürburgring, are ideally suited for refining the interaction of the all-wheel-drive system with the M sports differential in the rear-axle transmission.

New BMW 2 Series rear view


Regardless of the engine, all model variants of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé benefit from a particularly torsion-resistant body structure. Static torsional stiffness has been increased by around 12 per cent compared to the predecessor model, for example through the use of dynamic driving struts in the rear of the vehicle, which contribute to the exceptionally high agility of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé.

In addition, the vehicle concept offers significantly increased track width at the front and rear axles. This effectively reduces body roll and wheel load fluctuations during sporty cornering.

New BMW 2 Series 3/4 front view


The body design of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé not only reflects the brand's modern and reduced design language but also help optimise the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle, especially in the BMW M model variant.

These measures can be found throughout the design, including the model-specific front spoiler lip, front splitter and air curtains; plus air deflectors, a rear axle cover, and contours of the air-flow-optimised underbody, which all ensure that lift on the front axle has been reduced by 50 percent compared to the predecessor model.


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