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BMW teases new 2002-inspired 2 Series coupe

Company also plans to open new Los Angeles showcase

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BMW has offered details and teaser photos of its new 2 Series coupe, a car in which “the legacy and traits of the original BMW 2002 live on.” 

And while the 2 Series coupe will be offered with 4- and 6-cylinder engines, the company also announced that on June 1 it will unveil and begin accepting orders for the “fully electric” iX Sports Activity Vehicle and the i4 Gran Coupe in the North American market at [SPACE] cq? by BMW, a ‘new immersive BMW brand experience at The Grove in Los Angeles.” [SPACE] will be open through November 30, the company added.

But back to the 2 Series and its 2002 heritage… 

BMW, BMW teases new 2002-inspired 2 Series coupe, ClassicCars.com Journal

“The new BMW 2 Series Coupe is in the final stretch of its development as dynamic testing and drivetrain and suspension tuning is finalized,” the company said while showing camouflage-covered prototypes undergoing testing. 

“The two-door compact sports car features numerous hallmark ingredients, unique in the premium compact segment, to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. Rear-wheel drive, a powerful inline 6-cylinder engine, near 50:50 weight distribution, a very torsionally stiff body and a chassis tuned for agility all combine to make the new 2 Series Coupe a leader in its class.”

While not saying too much about the car that goes into production this summer, BMW noted it will be available first in 230i and M240i XDrive guise, with the 230i xDrive and (rear-driven) M240i to follow.

BMW, BMW teases new 2002-inspired 2 Series coupe, ClassicCars.com Journal

“During the development of the new BMW 2 Series Coupe, the test and tuning sessions on the famed Nurburgring’s Nordschleife served as the ultimate test for the suspension, chassis, steering and braking systems,” BMW said. 

“Additional tuning on public country roads around Munich and at the BMW Group test facility in Maisach, Germany ensure that the driving qualities of the new BMW 2 Series Coupe will be enjoyable during every drive.”

BMW said the M240i xDrive version will draw on 382 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with an 8-speed Sport Steptronic automatic transmission. 

It added that the use of a front spoiler and splitter, air curtains and deflectors and under-floor covers for the fuel tank and rear differentials will reduce front-end lift by 50 percent compared to the previous version. 

Suspension and steering components also have been updated, the company said, for better performance which at speed or while making parking maneuvers.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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