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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

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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 Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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A long roof with a V8. What could be better?

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Spend enough time reading car reviews, and you'll probably notice a trend among writers. We all love wagons, despite the fact that almost nobody in the United States buys them anymore. If there's a wagon that could appeal to almost anyone, however, it's this m2003 BMW 540i M Sport with a very special engine swap. It's up for auction right now and could be yours – or mine.

It doesn't get much better for a car nerd than this. The 2003 540i Sport Wagon has had its engine swapped for an S62 4.9-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. For those of you not obsessed with E39 generation 5-Series cars, that's the engine from the M5 of the time. Here, it sounds every bit as raw and powerful as it does in the car it originally came from, and the six-speed manual gearbox makes this an enthusiast's dream.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon The car has been upgraded with all the right M5 components.Bring a Trailer


Inside, the black leather appears to be in great shape, considering the car's advanced age and mileage, though this wagon is lacking the in-dash navigation system that the M5 carried at the time. It's probably for the best, given that an 18-year-old computer would feel absolutely ancient compared to even the cheapest infotainment system today.

This auction is a little more than halfway through and the current bit is just over $20,000. There's quite a bit of time left for that to climb substantially, but at even twice the price it'd hard to feel cheated if you won.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon There's no navigation here, but 20 years haven't been kind to the M5's system, anyway.Bring a Trailer

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