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BMW G42 2 Series Coupe Unveiled - Thank The Lord It's Still A RWD

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BMW G42 2 Series Coupe Unveiled - Thank The Lord It's Still A RWD

The 2022 G42 2-Series is a pleasant surprise, as BMW has retained the car's RWD layout and sensible grille.

When BMW introduced the front wheel driven 2 Series Gran Coupe back in 2019, everyone thought that would be the end of the rear wheel driven 2-Series Coupe. We all figured BMW would embrace the FWD recipe for the 2 Series Gran Coupe and cook it on to the new 2 Series coupe.

2022 BMW 2-Series Coupe

So news of the 2022 2 Series retaining its RWD layout is music to our ears!

Unveiled recently, the 2022 2 Series Coupe not only retains its RWD layout but also manages to avoid the coffin-like grille found on its brother, the 4 Series, as it adopts a more traditional sihouette. The headlights also sport their own unique shape, as do the taillights at the back.

2022 BMW 2-Series Coupe

The front bumper has a lot of aggressive sharp angles, while the rear ones look to be near-identical to the previous generation. The inside is typically BMW of current times, with a cabin design that shares most of its layout with the 3 Series and 4 Series.

2022 BMw 2-Series Interior

For now, the 2 Series will only be offered in two trims, a base 220i and a sportier M240i. As expected, the 220i comes standard with an RWD drivetrain, and the M240i will come with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The 220i is equipped with BMW's widely used 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine, which has 184hp and 300Nm of torque, while M240i gets BMW's 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six making 382hp and a whopping 500Nm of torque. However, three-pedal fans will be upset to hear that the only choice of transmission is the ever-popular and used ZF eight-speed automatic.

BMW 2022 2-Series rear view

The 220i can do 0-100km/h  in 7.5 seconds, while the xDrive-equipped M240i can get the job done in just 4.2 seconds. The top speed for both cars is electronically limited to 209km/h and 250km/h.

According to BMW, weight distribution is a perfect 50-50, thanks to the use of some lightweight aluminium at the fenders and the hood. They have also managed to increase its torsional rigidity by 12% over the outgoing model. In addition, the adaptive M suspension standard on the M240i means continuously adjustable damping for the best ride possible. The 2022 M240i also comes with an M Sport rear differential that can go from unlocked to lock quickly, depending on the situation. 

BMW 2022 2-Series

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be on sale at the beginning of 2022, and will be built at the BMW Group manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. A more muscular M2 variant will be joining the line-up later on in the year. 

Adam Aubrey

Adam Aubrey

Content Producer

Wants to live the simple life, especially when it comes to cars and bikes. That's what tech is for he reckons, to make motoring simpler

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