BMW developing M2 Gran Coupe
BMW is functioning on a Gran Coupe version of the 2-series that will be headed by a 370hp M variant, which will take on the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 amd Audi RS3 sedan. The M2 coupé sibling will keep a longitudinally mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, making it a unique offering associated to its competitors, which use transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive. The carmaker believes this format will provide the M car with more engaging driving traits than its Audi and Mercedes-AMG competition. BMW also feels there is sufficient scope within its future line-up to accommodate an additional model riding on its widely used rear-wheel-drive platform, and hence the introduction of the 2-series Gran Coupe. New pictures of a development car reveal the body shape and that the Gran Coupe gets rear doors and a raised rear roof section to create a five-door liftback shape, which, in M2 Gran Coupe form, promises to be a more practical performance offering than the regular M2. The need to lodge two conservative front-hinged back doors and sufficient rear-seat legroom is said to be the reason behind giving the new car a wheelbase that is between the 2,690mm span of the 2-series Coupe and the 2,810mm of the 3-series sedan.
The 2-series Gran Coupe will sport a new interior layout that will be adopted by the successors to the current 2-series coupé and cabriolet that are due in 2020. The turbocharged three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines for the 2-series Gran Coupé will mirror those of the existing coupé and cabriolet. On the petrol side, expect a 136hp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit in the 218i Gran Coupe, together with 184hp and 245hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinders in the mid-range 220i and 225i Gran Coupe models, and a 330hp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the 235i Gran Coupe. Among the diesels will be 150hhp, 190hp and 224hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinders in the 218d, 220d and 225d Gran Coupe models.
As with the 2-series Gran Coupe’s two-door sibling, buyers will have a choice of a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, as well as standard rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive four-wheel drive. However, four-wheel drive will be offered with only a limited range of engines. The highlight of the new line-up, though, will be the M2 Gran Coupe.