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.
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.
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.