There are a few reasons why the automatic is a better option, none of them satisfying.
Following several teaser images and an embarrassing leak, the next-generation 2 Series is finally here. The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe arrives in North America sporting two variants; the four-cylinder 230i and the six-cylinder M240i xDrive. In its less powerful 230i guise, the 2 Series produces a healthy 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter engine, all going out to the rear wheels. All M240i models add xDrive all-wheel-drive with a 3.0-liter B58 engine dishing out 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. No matter which model you choose, all 2 Series versions will ship with an eight-speed automatic.
The outgoing 2 Series previously offered a manual option, but it was discontinued due to R&D costs. When asked if this new car might bring it back, BMW confirmed to Carbuzz, "there are no current plans to offer a manual transmission option on the new 2 Series Coupe." Even the Europe-only 220i model is automatic-only.
"The standard eight-speed Sport automatic on the new 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe brings many performance benefits such as standard Launch Control, lighting quick gear changes, optional Sprint mode, and the ability to include advanced driver assistance systems such as active cruise control with stop & go, frontal collision warning with braking, and back-up and parking assists," added Oleg Satanovsky, BMW Product & Technology Spokesperson.
Though we wish BMW would offer an affordable coupe with three pedals, the manual 2 Series Coupe dream is not completely dead. The standard models may be automatic-only, but the upcoming M2 will almost certainly offer one mated to a twin-turbocharged S58 inline-six.
The 2 Series might not have a stickshift, but it does receive another exclusive option. Satanovsky says the new Thundernight Metallic purple (pictured above on the M240i) is not "listed as a paint color for any other 2022 model," meaning it may likely be a 2 Series exclusive (for now). It's only a matter of time before an M3 or M4 owner with great taste has this color painted on their car through the BMW Individual program.