The time has come; BMW’s new 2 Series is on sale, and it’s everything we were hoping for, and more. Currently, the 2 Series is only offered in two different variants for the North American market: a 230i and a top-of-the-line M240i xDrive, with the new M2 on the horizon. Prices between these sports cars range from $37,345 to over $50,000; each catering to a different type of enthusiast that matches the adrenaline-seeking personality of the 2.
The Bavarians designed the new 2 to embody a 50/50 weight distribution that will ensure the most precise cornering capabilities. Plus, since the top-spec M240i uses a nasty 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six producing 382bhp accompanied by BMW’s impeccable xDrive system, a 0-60 time is possible in as little as 4 seconds.
The new 2 Series lineup has tough competition, but the refreshed 2 has extravagant exterior styling, flamboyant new colors and a much-needed interior upgrade; here are some of the new cars that don’t live up to the new BMW 2-Series.
ten Lexus LC500
If you’ve always dreamed of driving something that stands out above all else on the road and prefer to ride comfortably on a hard and stiff ride, the LC 500 is a brilliant idea from Lexus designed just for you.
With a beefy 471bhp 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, it might seem like the LC would be a monstrously capable sports car down long straights and around tight corners. Yet, in reality, the LC 500 clocks a 0-60 time of just under 5 seconds and wobbles in corners a lot more than expected. If you’re in the market for a 2-Series coupe, not only will the 2022 LC 500 be much less exciting to drive, but it’ll also drain your wallet with its $100,000 list price.
9 Toyota GR Supra
The Supra name has been around for decades, and while the Mark 5 Toyota Supra might not have been exactly what purists expected, it’s still a great sports car. Under the hood of the GR Supra was either a 255bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder or a BMW-built 382bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six… in retrospect, that means the Supra uses the exact same B58 that powers the Series 2.
The Supra might be a little cheaper than the M240i, but the Beemer trumps its Japanese sibling when it comes to its handling and menacing design that sets it apart from everything else on the road.
8 Audi A5 Coupe
Much like the BMW brand, Audi embodies a blend of luxurious features, comfortable driving and a sports car experience; the A5 has always had a sense of gentlemanly racing, and the new A5 Coupe is no different.
The base A5 is powered by a 261-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and it can hit 60 mph from a standstill in as little as 5 seconds thanks to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. A 2022 A5 Coupe has a starting price of $45,000, and while it might not be a direct Series 2 rival, we’d rather have a Series 2 at a lower price point at the expense of practicality. .
seven Chevrolet Camaro SS
American brands have always tried to go after European automakers, but more often than not they fall short of their rivals; the Camaro is one of them. There is a huge range of 4, 6 and 8 cylinder engines offered in the Chevy Camaro, and all are decent, but to even closely compete with the BMW coupe, the SS variant has to be compared; it uses a mall V8 block that develops 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.
Although the SS can be had with a six-speed manual, it still handles like a bathtub on wheels through corners and corners, and its uncontrollable rear-wheel drive paints black streaks on the tarmac more frequently than some would say. would like.
6 Audi TTS
The TT has been around for over two decades, and Audi improves the TT formula every year, but since the TT was discontinued, we don’t know if we’ll ever see a small gas-powered sports car from Audi. Unlike the new 2-Series, the TTS is only offered as an all-wheel-drive Quattro variant, and when all wheels receive 288 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from the turbo-four, 0-60 is achievable in as well. not much time. in 4.2 seconds.
The Audi compact sports car still delivers a gorgeous and engaging driving experience, but is nowhere near as exciting as the 2; Worse still, the Audi TTS has a base price of over $60,000, more than $10,000 more than the M240i.
5 BMW 4 Series
Yes, it has nostrils; it’s not 2020 anymore; no one is so shocked anymore; one fact that should come as a bigger shock is that the Series 4 fails to reign supreme over its smaller, less powerful sibling, the Series 2 – that of course rules out the radical M4 competition. In the US, the entry-level 4-series is called the 430i, and it’s powered by a 255hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that costs over $46,795, not even mentioning the M440i , which starts at $56,700.
For a base model, the 430i’s 5.5-second 0-60 time is impressive, and its rewarding rear-wheel-drive system is an absolute pleasure to drive again. We simply cannot find a justifiable reason to choose 4 over 2; a huge difference in price and performance, not to mention that the 2 is much more attractive than any 4 model.
4 Jaguar F-Type
Modern emissions regulations have hit the automotive industry like a freight train; one sports car that was penalized in particular was the once roaring Jaguar F-Type. Jag still manages to capture the gnarly looks of the previous generation, and its potent 5.0-liter supercharged V8, daunting they had to cut some of the cat’s vocal chords.
This meant it had a very inconsistent roar – almost like it was going through puberty – but once you put your foot down properly and hit a high rev range, all 444 British horses were making themselves known to everyone around. The new F-Type is available in all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, but its $70,000 price tag and rather disappointing performance is its ultimate downfall.
3 Subaru BRZ
This JDM sports coupe is the perfect choice for someone looking to buy their first sports car without breaking up their wallet, and also offers a wide range of aftermarket upgrades. If you’re in the market for a Subaru BRZ or a Toyota GR86, chances are very slim that you’ll even consider the 2 Series, unless you’re very confident in your driving skills, of course.
The Subie may cost less than $30.00, but its flat-four engine produces just 228 hp, so not only is it more affordable than the 2 Series, it’s also a lot less charismatic. The BRZ is for someone who isn’t too concerned with the badge their car wears, fast gearboxes or horsepower figures; it’s aimed at someone who prefers a more analog machine to drive and customize to their exact taste.
2 BMW M2
We haven’t even seen the new M2 yet, but the M240i already looks like a more powerful animal than the previous generation M variant. Make no mistake, the M2 is an exceptional driver’s car and will go down in history as a modern classic; it was powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six (much like the 2022 M240i), which produced 365 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and some models even came with a stick shift smooth 6-speed.
So why would we prefer the new Series 2? Well, aside from the obvious interior upgrade and higher horsepower figures, a low-mileage 2017 BMW M2 with a manual transmission sells for over $60,000 on the used market today. , which is shocking.
1 Porsche 718 Cayman
Many consider the Porsche Cayman to be the perfect 2-seater sports car in the world; while that may be true to some extent, the Beemer has some areas where it outperforms the 718. Let’s just take a moment to thank Porsche for contributing to a dying breed that is the modern manual-transmission sports car. To make things even more wonderful, the 718 Cayman comes with its 300hp turbocharged flat-four tucked right behind the driver’s seat to maximize the driver’s experience.
It sounds like a recipe for success; however, we’d still choose an M240i over the Porsche. The BMW has a much more aggressive tone, more impressive performance, luxurious cabin, practicality, and well… the Base 718 Cayman costs $61,850 – twelve grand more than the BMW.
While we have plenty of automotive revivals to look forward to, 2022 marks the end of too many beloved sports cars.
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