Just a couple of days after the new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe was officially introduced, including in M235i xDrive guise, one example has been snapped testing by our spies near the Nurburgring.
This M235i xDrive is probably a late-stage prototype and being used by BMW to put the finishing touches to the car. It is painted gloss black and certainly isn’t as eye-catching as the bright blue one shown in the official press photos.
Despite what its name may suggest, the 2-Series Gran Coupe is not related to the 2-Series Coupe and Convertible, as they are rear-wheel drive. Instead, it is based on the front-wheel platform that also underpins the new 1-Series hatchback and the X1 and X2 crossovers, and will be sold in 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive guise, depending on the market.
At the heart of the range-topping M235i xDrive is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder churning out 301 HP between 5000 and 6250 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1750 to 4500 rpm that are sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW says it will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, or 4.6 seconds with the available M Performance Package’s overboost function.
A handful of exterior parts differentiate the M-branded model from the 228i, such as the new wheels, a trunklid spoiler and more aggressive front and rear bumpers that are visible on this prototype.
The new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will make its public debut at the LA Auto Show next month.