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Redesigned BMW 2 Series Coupe spied testing ahead of  debut date

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will begin production this summer.

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The redesigned BMW 2 Series Coupe has reached the final stage of its development. It currently is undergoing dynamic testing on the road and track, as well as drivetrain and suspension tuning. BMW recently released photos of that testing giving us a sneak peek at the model.

When it comes to market, the 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be a rear-wheel drive, two-door compact sports car. It will be powered by a six-cylinder engine and have near 50:50 weight distribution, according to specs released by the company. BMW promises that the car's body will be torsionally stiff and its chassis will be tuned for agility. All-wheel drive will be available.

The car's been put through its paces at the famed Nurburgring's Nordschleife, where its suspension, chassis, steering, and braking systems were put to the test. They've also been run through a series of tests on roads in and around Munich, Germany and the BMW Group test facility in Maisach, Germany.

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

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BMW has plans to launch the 2022 BMW 230i and M240i xDrive Coupes first. This will be followed by the 230i xDrive and M240i Coupes. The M240i xDrive is getting a 47-horsepower increase over the current edition bringing its total output to 382 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The model gets a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. All xDrive models get a fully-variable, electrically controlled M sports rear differential.

The car's front lip splitter, air curtains, air deflectors, and under-floor covers for the fuel tank and differential reduce front end lift by 50 percent compared to the car's predecessor. Its shock absorbers have been tuned to respond more accurately and now the Adaptive M suspension includes electronically controlled shock absorbers and a choice of settings for the driver to choose from. Stiffer support bearings up front improve steering wheel and the available Variable Sports Steering improves the car's dynamic capabilities.

Production of the new 2 Series will begin this summer.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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