BMW has unveiled the all-new 2 Series Coupe and the new model definitely bears good news for die-hard BMW fans.

While it is bigger and comes with more powerful engine choices than its predecessor, the new 2 Series Coupe, unlike the new 4 Series, still has a rather small front kidney grille, and is still available in rear-wheel-drive. There’s also an all-wheel-drive xDrive version at the top of the lineup.

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Well, good news is that BMW says the xDrive system in the new 2 Series is rear-wheel-biased so owners can still enjoy drifting the car, something the 2 Series has been famous for over the years.

The kidney grille has been redesigned, however, and apart from the different shape now features air flaps instead of the usual grill bars. There are individual circular headlights on each side, something to remind us about the BMW 02 models from the past.

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Driving excitement is the name of the game for the 2 Series. The new model maintains the ideal 50-50 front-rear weight distribution, 50 per cent less lift thanks to improved aerodynamics and 30 per cent more negative camber at the front axle. Apart from the driving dynamics, the suspension setup also adds to the sporty character of the 2 Series, which of course still comes with those large and intimidating wheel arch flaring.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new M2, featuring the classic three-box design (that has been around since the BMW 02 model) is as much as 105mm longer and 64mm wider, while the wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm. It also sits 28mm lower, with wider tracks front and rear.

Initially there are three engine choices, but the bad news is that the new model isn’t quicker due to the weight increase (downside of being bigger) and there’s no manual gearbox offered. The 3.0-liter in-line-six powerplant pumps out 374hp and 500Nm (0-100km/h in 4.3secs), the 2.0-liter produces 184hp and 300Nm (0-100km/h in 7.5 secs). Both have a top speed of 250km/h. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbo diesel (48V mild hybrid) generates 190hp and 400Nm (0-100km/h in 6.9 secs). Top speed is claimed at 237km/h. All three engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

BMW says that the new M2 gets suspension technology borrowed from the 4 Series, tuned further to match the new body. It comprises of front struts and rear multi-link, with a large number of options for various trims, with Adaptive M suspension with electronic dampers for the range-topping M240i xDrive Coupe that also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels.

“Clear improvement in agility, steering precision and cornering dynamics over the predecessor model. Integrated application of powertrain and chassis optimizes the car’s steering behaviour and the build-up of lateral acceleration forces, enabling dynamic cornering and deftly controlled drifts,” BMW stated in its press release.

The new models gets the BMW Operating System 7.0 and comes with a standard 5.1-inch instrument cluster display and 8.8-inch control display. The optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional features a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch control display.

Model variants at launch:

BMW 220i Coupé:

Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 7.5 seconds,

top speed: 236 km/h (147 mph).

Fuel consumption, combined: 6.8 – 6.3 l/100 km (41.5 – 44.8 mpg imp) in WLTP cycle,

CO2 emissions, combined: 155 – 144 g/km in WLTP cycle,

exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

BMW M240i xDrive Coupé:

Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, BMW xDrive.

Capacity: 2,998 cc, output: 275 kW/374 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm,

max. torque: 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.3 seconds,

top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).

Fuel consumption, combined: 8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km (32.1 – 34.9 mpg imp) in WLTP cycle,

CO2 emissions, combined: 200 – 185 g/km in WLTP cycle,

exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

BMW 220d Coupé:

Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Capacity: 1,995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm,

max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.

Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 6.9 seconds,

top speed: 237 km/h (147 mph).

Fuel consumption, combined: 5.1 – 4.7 l/100 km (55.4 – 60.1 mpg imp) in WLTP cycle,

CO2 emissions, combined: 132 – 122 g/km in WLTP cycle,

exhaust standard: Euro 6d.