In 1988, with the coupés being restyled, the Biturbo name was dropped in favor of 222 - meaning 2-door, 2-litre engine and 2nd generation. The car carried all the visual clues of Gandini's first facelift, with a more rounded grille and bonnet, different wing mirrors and rear spoiler. The engine size of the 222 E export model grew from the Biturbo's 2.5 to 2.8 litres. A mixed velour-leather interior was standard on the domestic models, while export markets got leather trimmings as standard.
1990 saw the arrival of the 2.8 L 222 SE, heir to the Biturbo ES. It inherited the latter's limited paint finish availability (red, silver or black) and the black trim and grille, while modern aprons and side skirts (blacked out as well) came from the 2.24v. After just a year the 222 SE was replaced by the 1991-restyled 222 SR; the SR offered adaptive suspension as an option. Simultaneously the very similar 222 4v. joined the lineup; it was a 222 SR with a 2.8 L four-valve engine, the first DOHC car in the direct Biturbo lineage. It used the wider, 16" 7-spoke wheels.