Before we discuss the design of the car presented, it’s worth pointing out that it’s very unlikely BMW will build an M2 Gran Coupe. We know that the current rear-wheel drive M2 will remain in production for a couple more years and soon be updated with a range-topping M2 CS variant.
When BMW kills off the current M2, it will soon start work on the next-generation model based around the new-age 2-Series coupe that’s set to retain a rear-wheel drive platform and is known internally at BMW as “drift machine.”
Despite what its name may indicate, the new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe actually shares more in common with the front-wheel drive 1-Series as well as the X1 and X2 models than it does the 2-Series Coupe. That’s not to say an M2 version couldn’t be exciting, however, because with a potent all-wheel drive system it would certainly be a good performer.
The car designed by Aksionov, pictured in a number of different colors, includes much more aggressive front and rear fascias. There is a new front bumper complete with blacked-out air intakes, distinctive multi-spoke black and silver wheels, a carbon fiber lip spoiler, quad tailpipes, and a sharp rear diffuser. It looks good.
For the foreseeable future, the 2-Series Gran Coupe family will be topped out by the M235i xDrive. This model features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 301 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.