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The BMW X2 was the first of the new segment of Sports Activity Coupés to hit the market, effectively creating the segment, according to BMW. The body style is basically a shrunken-down version of an SUV that has the unfortunate acronym of SAC. “Hey, what do you drive?” “Me, oh yeah, I have a red SAC”. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? The car did prove hugely successful though, so much so that a second generation has just been released and it’s a proper stunner of a SAC. The changes from the previous generation see the X2 looking a bit more angular while retaining the current BMW design architecture. The large kidney grille is in play, but on this body style, the dimensions of it just work. The grille isn’t as large as on the M3 and M4 though, luckily. It’s still compact when compared to the X3 and the other X siblings. But it does feature significantly larger dimensions and a pronounced coupé silhouette. It’s the right size to offer up great performance, we’d rather drive one of these at 10/10ths than any of its larger siblings. Sure any of them with an M badge on are stupendously fast, but shifting such a big body with so much weight just doesn’t feel right. There are four models in the lineup; the sDrive18d, the sDrive20i, the electric iX2xDrive30, and the one we’re heading to the online configurator to mess around with, the M35i xDrive. Well, until a real M version comes along, which is quite likely.

The best part of the M35i is the M, and that means there are plenty really cool differences to signify it as the current range-topper. This version features quad tailpipes, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, and M badging and a few different contrasting pieces. Of course, this is BMW, so there are options for your options, and one is the M Sport Pro package that adds a little more to the M Sport package available for the other models. It gets things like an extended M High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, M lights Shadowline, an M rear spoiler and an M Sport braking system with red-painted callipers, among other features. The X2 can be had in a choice of two solid and eleven metallic paint finishes and two Frozen shades from BMW Individual. For even more money, there’s a boatload more options through BMW Individual. The chassis in the M35i has been tuned to be better and with power heading to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, this smooth SAC should be quite fun to chuck around. The powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder lump that’s rated at a pretty decent 221kW with 400 Nm of torque. That’s decent hot hatch power there. BMW says this is good for a 0-100 km/h shunt of 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of the usual 250 km/h. If a legit M version does ever see the light of day, we’re guessing it won’t have a four-banger under the hood but a twin-turbocharged inline 6 like the current X3m. Either that or they’ll bypass an ICE-powered setup altogether and it’ll be an all-electric affair.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the all-new BMW X2 range, the Baravian automaker's new foray into the increasingly popular Sports Activity Coupé segment. There are a few really good-looking models in the lineup, but as expected we're only interested in the one that's the fastest and most powerful. It's just how we are. Click through to see some typically stunning BMW visuals: The first-ever BMW iX2 × lil Miquela | BMW

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