The new generation BMW 2-Series Coupe will debut next week in the UK. The two-door will retain the rear-wheel drive layout and will be offered at launch in two versions: the M240i xDrive with a powerful turbo-six, all-wheel drive and a sports rear differential, and the base 230i with a turbo four and a rear drive axle. A high-performance version of the M2 is in development, but will not appear until a year later. Most importantly, the new coupe will not have a giant grille.
After a series of spy shots, the new-generation BMW 2-Series coupe is finally ready to shed its camouflage: the official premiere of the car will take place at the next Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will be held in the UK on July 8-11. Unlike the four-door Gran Coupe, the two-door will retain rear-wheel drive as base. The top-of-the-line M240i xDrive will receive a 374-horsepower inline-six turbo, an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with an M-differential on the rear axle. The younger version 230i will be content with a two-liter turbo four. It is known that the new coupe will receive a stiffer body, wider track and improved aerodynamics.
Judging by the spy shots, the new generation BMW 2-Series will not have huge “nostrils” like the 4-Series coupe. The interior is likely to be styled in the style of a front-wheel drive Gran Coupe sedan. The production of the two-door should start at the end of this summer, but the “charged” version of the M2 will appear much later – the G87 series coupe will debut not earlier than the end of 2022, and it will be possible to see it on the roads only in 2023. The new M2 will also remain a rear-wheel drive vehicle, with a manual transmission still questionable even as an option.