It won't be at an auto show.
Now that the teaser campaign for the new BMW 2 Series is underway and final testing has begun, we knew its world debut was imminent - but we now know the official premiere.
BMW has confirmed the new 2 Series Coupe will make its world debut on July 8 at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will be on display at the 'BMW M Town' exhibition. Festival-goers will get to see it in action too because the new 2 Series Coupe will flex its muscles at the famous hill climb course to showcase its improved handling.
While we were waiting for the camouflage to come off, BMW shared some tantalizing details about the new sports coupe. In its M240i guise, power will be sourced from a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six producing 374 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque - 19 hp more than the current M240i. BMW says it will also be stiffer and more agile to drive, so it should be an even bigger hoot to throw around corners. After its dynamic debut, the new 2 Series will enter production later in the summer.
Also tackling the hill climb will be the new M5 CS, BMW's most powerful production car ever with a 4.4-liter V8 producing 635 horsepower.
BMW's new electric flagship iX and the i4 electric Gran Coupe will make their UK debuts at Goodwood. The BMW M4 Competition x KITH will also be on display at the BMW M Town exhibition; limited to 150 units, the custom M4 Competition was built in collaboration with the New York-based lifestyle apparel brand KITH.
After last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is coming back with a bang this summer. As well as the new BMW 2 Series Coupe, the Lotus Emira sports car and Genesis G70 Shooting Brake will make their world debuts at this year's festival, while the new Toyota GR 86 will make its dynamic debut.