BMW 2 Series Coupe review: it's the modern E30 M3!

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Published on 27 Apr 2022, 16:34
The new, 2022 BMW 220i Coupe is a reincarnation of the legendary E30 M3 - allow us to explain.

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BMW’s back catalogue is littered with a line of illustrious compact two-doors, and this all-new 2 Series Coupe is aiming to be the latest addition to that group. It follows on from icons like the 2002 Turbo, E30 M3, 1M Coupe, and even its predecessor that spawned the M2 CS - so will this version eventually earn a similar status among the BMW greats?

There is a performance-focused M240i version, which we’ve already driven abroad, and it’ll spawn a new M2. However, this 220i is the more affordable model. Even then, rivals are thin on the ground, so commercially it stands a fairly strong chance of success. The Audi TT is one competitor, though it’s now been around for some time. Then there’s the Toyota GR 86; due in May, this will give the models like the 220i a run for its money dynamically.

Even so, the 220i has the ingredients to stick it to its rivals - ingredients that bear a close resemblance to the iconic BMW E30 M3. Nicola Hume finds out if the new car can do justice to its lineage...

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