BMW unveiled its all-new 2 Series to the world on July 6 just ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021. Now the historic mountaineering is upon us and we are able to see the new 2 through magic by moving pictures – AKA video. The million dollar question is this: does the 2 Series look better in video (and theoretically personally) than it does in photos?
This is a question that we cannot fully answer for two remarkable reasons. The first is that we are only familiar with the warmer M240i xDrive version, which actually carries a completely different nose compared to the base 230i. The M240i’s face is very busy with lots of openings, angles and curious contour lines flanking the grille, mimicking the significantly larger grille on the 4 Series. It’s almost as if BMW designers planned to go big with the 2-Series grille, and then decided to. For what it̵
Secondly, the video comes from BMW UK and it takes us around in a static car with BMW showing the best possible angles. Call us nit-picky, but with all the pomp and circumstance surrounding BMW styling the last few years, we’re very eager to see this car through an independent lens. Understandably, we’re also very interested in seeing and driving it for ourselves, especially the M240i xDrive with its 382 horsepower (285 kilowatt) turbocharged six-cylinder. BMW says it clicks to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and drives all four wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. Currently, there are no plans to offer a manual transmission.
After digesting the new 2 Series for a few days, we found a few things to be quite interesting. Noses around on the interweb, we have come across many people comparing the new model does not to the previous generation, but rather how bad it could have been with the large 4-series grille. It’s a pretty sad comment on BMW’s current design direction, but choosing purple to debut 2 instead of a typical shade of gray is quite telling. Such exciting colors are generally left to dedicated M models, which makes us wonder how hard BMW is pushing for younger buyers on the new coupe.
In any case, we are happy to see the new 2 Series in person. For now, we are satisfying our urge to see it tackle the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021.