2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe and M2: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
March 26, 2021

The highly anticipated rear-wheel-drive BMW M2 and 2 Series Coupe have once again been spotted testing in camouflage before they’re officially revealed. Read on for full details on this sporty new coupe. 

  • BMW 2 Series Coupe and M2 spotted
  • Normal size front grille
  • Keeps rear-wheel-drive layout
  • Slightly larger dimensions
  • New coupe to use 3 Series components
  • 3, 4 and 6-cylinder engines
  • Petrol, diesel and mild-hybrid models
  • Sales should start in 2022
  • Likely to cost from £30,000

Just weeks after the first images of the next BMW 2 Series Coupe and M2 surfaced, the range-topping M2 has once again been out on the roads. This time, with ever so slightly less swirly camouflage wrapped on its body panels.

Whereas the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has made the switch to front-wheel drive, the new 2 Series Coupe will keep its traditional rear-wheel-drive layout, and in the case of the M2, should still be powered by a turbocharged straight-six engine.

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe and M2 design

The new spy shots reveal the upcoming BMW M2 will feature a familiar silhouette with short overhangs very similar to the current 2 Series coupe. In the case of the M2, a carbon-fibre roof, M-spec side mirrors, wider arches front and rear as well as four large tailpipes will make sure you don’t mistake it for a run-of-the-mill 2 Series.

The alloy wheel design seen on this camouflaged M2 may make it into production as well, closely resembling the wheels you can get on the new M3 and M4. One thing that won’t be shared with these models is the contentious new front grille design – it appears the new 2 Series Coupe will stick to a more traditional look.

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe interior and tech

The new 2 Series Coupe’s interior will look very similar to the Gran Coupe’s, shown above. 

The interior of the new BMW 2 Series Coupe will be closely based on the current 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe, so you’ll get a logically laid out instrument cluster, the latest iDrive system and plenty of high-quality materials. The new layout might spell the end of the manual handbrake lever as all new 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupes come fitted with an electronic handbrake.

Other modern touches on the options list should include LED ambient interior lighting, a voice-activated Personal Assistant, and the latest autonomous driving features.

The new BMW 2 Series coupe’s slightly larger dimensions should make for a more spacious interior, but the rear seats will still be a tight squeeze for taller adults. A larger boot will be another welcome by-product of the larger body, but don’t expect it to swallow everything a family of four will need for a weekend away…

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe engines and driving

Unlike the 2 Series Gran Coupe, the Coupe will be rear-wheel drive. 

The new BMW 2 Series Coupe will be based on the same underpinnings as the new BMW 3 Series and 4 Series. Aside from the 3- and 4-cylinder engines in entry-level cars, the M2 could feature a detuned version of the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six already in use in the new M3. Expect it to produce at least 400hp, paving the way for even more powerful Competition and CS variants in the future.

Petrol and diesel engines in 3, 4 and 6-cylinder varieties should be available.

Fully electric and hybrid models haven’t been hinted at yet, but there will most likely be some mild-hybrid engine options and a range of frugal diesel versions introduced to help meet stringent new emissions regulations.

As with the latest BMW 3 Series, six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered in the new 2 Series Coupe.

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe price and release date

Square exhausts suggest this prototype could be a faster M240i model. 

There is no word yet on when the new BMW 2 Series Coupe will go on sale, but you can expect an official reveal later this year with UK sales possibly starting in early 2022. The current 2 Series Coupe range costs from just over the £27,000 mark rising to over £52,000 for the M2 Competition. The new range could kick off at the £30,000 point with the new M2 likely to set you back around £50,000.

If you can’t wait for the new car to go on sale, check out the latest 2 Series offers or read our in-depth review of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

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