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Posted by Matt Bell on 17th May 2021

…kinda. This is the new 2022 BMW M240i xDrive, but as you can see, it’s in camouflage. What we do know is that it keeps the six-cylinder turbocharged engine and gets 374hp.

The BMW M2 was arguably the best M car BMW has produced for a while, so this upcoming 2022 2 Series has a lot to live up to in order to provide the foundation for a brilliant performance car. Thankfully, the new top model (at present), the M240i xDrive, has retained its heart in the form of the B58 turbocharged six-cylinder engine and not adopted the smaller four-pot engine that the BMW M135i xDrive received.

While the car has been photographed in camouflage here, we do know that underneath, BMW engineers have worked hard to retain the near-50:50 weight distribution that the 2er boasted in its first generation. We also know that BMW has employed an xDrive system that’s predominantly RWD in its setup, meaning it should still provide tail-happy goodness.

For the 2022 BMW M240i xDrive, BMW has stiffened the body across the board by 40% for the 2 Series to improve agility. Also new, as standard, are stroke-dependent dampers, which allows for higher damping forces when going over large bumps. This doesn’t replace adaptive suspension all together, instead, a new Adaptive M Chassis is offered as an option which brings in electronically controlled dampers for the driver to switch between comfort and sport driving styles.

From launch later in the year, the 2022 BMW 2 Series will be available as a 220i, 22od, 230i and M240i xDrive. Engines and driven wheels change between models but the BMW 230i gets rear-wheel drive and the B48 turbocharged four-pot as seen in MINIs as well as the M135i xDrive.

There’s no wording on pricing at the moment, but we’ll update you as and when they’re announced.

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