BMW has shown pictures from the final tests of prototypes of the new 2-Series coupe, the production version of which will hit the assembly line this summer. Unlike the sedan of the same name, the two-door will be built on the traditional for the brand rear-wheel drive platform CLAR with a longitudinal engine arrangement.
As the press service of the Bavarian brand assured, the new “kopeck piece” in the coupe body has already been tested at the Nordschleife (northern loop of the Nürburgring race track), a special BMW training ground in Maisach and on public roads near Munich, where the engineers tweaked the chassis, suspension, brakes and steering.
Despite the fact that the premiere of the newcomer to wait for at least two or three months, the Germans have already promised him an “extremely torsionally rigid” body, improved aerodynamics and almost “ideal” axle weight distribution (almost 50:50).
The new BMW 2-Series will appear on the market in several versions. At the top of the range will be the M240i xDrive variant – it will get a 3.0-liter inline “turbo six” with a capacity of 374 horsepower, an eight-speed “automatic” Steptronic Sport and all-wheel drive with an active rear differential M Sport.
Details of more modest modifications are not yet available. It is only known that in each of the versions the model will receive shock absorbers that are sensitive to travel (designed to provide an optimal balance between sportiness and comfort), and for a surcharge, an adjustable sports steering gear and an adaptive suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers will be available.