BMW M2 Gran Coupe Reportedly Not Happening, 300 PS M235i Will Be Top Dog

BMW is finally getting ready to throw the ball back into the yards of Mercedes-Benz and Audi with the 2-Series Gran Coupe.

The car is already under development and was said to gain a full-blown M derivative, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, most likely the one used in the M2 Competition.

This unit is the same as the one used in the M3 and M4, albeit detuned to 410PS (405hp / 301kW) and 550Nm (406lb-ft) of torque. It allows the M2 Competition to sprint to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.2sec with the dual-clutch gearbox, or 4.4sec with the manual, and max out at 250km/h (155mph) (or 274km/h (170mph) with the limiter removed).

The M2 Gran Coupe would go after the Audi RS3 Sedan and next-gen Mercedes-AMG CLA 45. However, it seems that BMW might not offer such a model after all, according to a report that appeared on BMWBlog, which claims that the M235i (name unconfirmed) will be the most potent Gran Coupe.

Also Read: BMW Future Car Guide: What’s Coming 2018-2020

It’s supposed to arrive with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, said to be shared with the upcoming M Performance version of the X2, with 300PS (296hp / 221kW) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque, plus xDrive all-wheel drive.

If this is indeed the case, then the M235i Gran Coupe will target the Audi S3 Sedan and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.

For now, we’ll take this info with a grain of salt as we can’t verify it, but we have reached out to BMW, so watch this space for any updates.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    Looks like a Honda Civic from last gen. Look at that front overhang.

  • adbt20

    The first fwd-based “M Performance” car ! 🙁
    Oh well… if it makes money, I will not be surprised to see a fwd //M car one day… and it’ll probably have it’s own qualities.

  • biturboism

    A transverse disgrace and a true abomination… BMW is finally dead to me.

  • Marc Plante

    If you follow Bimmerpost, that is the story line. FWD based with AWD optional. No M2. No RWD… 8^(

  • Six_Tymes

    will this have a canted drivers seat? [email protected]

  • Cobrajet

    It will be FWD.

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