BMW 2 Series Coupe
BMW are rejigging the structure of their models, and this shall start with them retiring the 1 Series Coupe, but then re-inventing it as the new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The idea being that all saloons and hatchbacks will have odd numbers, with all coupes and convertibles having even numbers. So now the maths lesson is over, on to the car.
The new 2 Series Coupe is set to debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year, before hitting dealer forecourts in March. The outgoing 1 Series Coupe has been given a comprehensive and total overhaul. The new version is longer by nearly 3 inches and also wider giving it a much bigger stance and no longer constrained by the moniker of the 1 series badge.
On a styling level the 2 Series still screams 1 series, but heads closer to a miniature 4 series, with a shoulderline crease wrapping around the body leading to a lip-style spoiler at the attractive and remodelled rear end. The lights are wider and a bit more flowing than the previous incarnation, fitting more in-line with the more recent grown-up design cues.
Engines available in the new model all have a bit more va-va-voom (sorry Renault!) with the petrol’s being pretty exciting coming in both a 181bhp 220i (with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine) and a rather tasty 321bhp M235i which comes complete with a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder turbo lump, which will form the basis of BMW’s new M Performance range (rather than being a ‘bells and whistles‘ M2). The diesel’s come in 3 variations of the 2 litre, four-cylinder engine with a 141bhp 218d, a 181bhp 220d and a 215bhp 225d.
There are convertibles, saloons and almost certainly an M2 in the pipeline also, so 2014 looks to be an exciting year for the even numbers in BMW’s accounting system!