• BMW has revealed the new BMW 2 Series Coupé this week. 

    Boasting rear-wheel drive, a six-cylinder in-line engine option and new equipment features, the new 2 Series Coupé puts clear water between it and the BMW 1 Series models (which are based on a front-wheel-drive architecture) and borrows extensively from the technology used in the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series.

    The lineup will start with three model variants initially available. Topping the range will be the all-wheel-drive BMW M240i xDrive Coupé, which is powered by a 374hp six-cylinder in-line engine, while customers will also be able to choose from four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions in the standard M Sport specification.

    The four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine in the 220i Coupé uses TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharging and High Precision Injection. Making its debut in the 184hp unit, this design enables particularly effective exhaust gas cooling, which helps to minimise emissions. It generates 300Nm of torque, enabling acceleration of 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds.

    The 2.0-litre power unit in the new BMW 220d Coupé develops 190hp and peak torque of 400Nm. It now features two-stage turbocharging and further developed common rail direct injection. Mild-hybrid technology supports the diesel engine. A 48V starter generator takes the role of an electric drive system, providing an extra 11hp of power. The BMW 220d Coupé sprints from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds.

    Prices for the new BMW 2 Series Coupé start at £34,980 and will launch in the UK early 2022.

     
  • Lotus has unveiled Lotus Emira, an all-new mid-engined premium sports car which embodies the ongoing transformation of the Lotus business and brand. 

    Pronounced ‘Eh-meer-ah’, the word features in numerous ancient languages and often translates as ‘commander’ or ‘leader’. The Emira is the first all-new Lotus sports car to be delivered under Vision80, the strategic plan which is guiding the transformation of Lotus as it moves towards its 80th anniversary in 2028.

    Building on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and Evora, the Emira represents a leap forward for Lotus. Those brand signatures and core values have been combined with a shift in levels of practicality, comfort, functionality and technology.

    Across the Emira range, power output will between 360 and 400bhp at launch, powered by a Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine from the outgoing Exige and Evora. These cars will have a 0-62mph acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds and top speeds of up to 180mph. Maximum torque will be 430Nm and CO2 emissions will start below 180g/km. The car has a target weight of 1,405kg in its lightest form. A the 2.0-litre AMG unit will later follow.

    The Lotus Emira will go on sale in Spring next year, with prices starting below £60,000.