BMW revealed these images and some info about the upcoming the 2 Series Coupe earlier this week. The newest addition to the company’s entry level offerings will go on sale in Europe early next year and introduction to the SA market will follow shortly after.
BMW is not keen to give up on its rear-wheel-drive architecture for the 2 Series Coupe just yet and confirms that the new range will retain this drive layout. This makes the model unique in the segment of FWD Audis and Mercedes products. While the pics shown to us by BMW are of a heavily camouflaged car, we can see the classic coupe proportions: long bonnet and short rear end with minimal overhangs.
We can’t really tell from the pics whether the newcomer will feature the divisive oversized ‘kidney grilles’ of the BMW M3/M4 twins (click here for our driving review of the BMW M3). However, reports from international websites, some of which are close to BMW insiders, suggest the styling treatment will be a bit less in-yer-face. From the pics we can see a deep front bumper and an integrated rear spoiler.
Turbocharged six cylinder
BMW has revealed power and drivetrain details of the initial range topper, until the M2 versions arrive. The M240i xDrive will boast a turbocharged inline six-cylinder motor. Peak power is rated as 275 kW. Drive will be sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The press material says that the car will have a rear-wheel bias and an M sports differential in the rear-axle with a fully variable locking effect generated by an electric motor, which means you can kick the tail out and keep it sliding neatly, if that’s your thing.
As expected, dynamic evaluation is taking place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is the ultimate test for wheel suspension, chassis, damping, steering and braking systems. BMW is also using the public country roads around Munich and at its own test site in Maisach. Catch the 2 Series Coupe in action in the video below.