BMW M2 Gran Coupé in works: 365 bhp grand coupe to launch in 2019

BMW M2 Gran Coupe will offer the much-lauded performance of the M2 saloon and added practicality with a raised rear roof section. It will be quite unique in its segment with a longitudinally mounted engine and rear-wheel drive.

By: | Updated: February 2, 2018 4:47 PM

BMW M2 Gran Coupe render (Image: BMW Blog)

BMW M2 Gran Coupé, a Gran Coupe version of the 2 Series, is in works and will be in showrooms in 2019. According to an Autocar UK report, the new BMW 2 Series will be headed by an M variant which will produce 365 bhp. It will be, in fact, unique when compared to competition like Audi RS3 saloon and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 as the M2 coupé sibling will retain a longitudinally mounted engine and rear-wheel drive. The RS3 and CLS 45 have transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive. BMW M2 has already been a hit with driving enthusiasts, and the M2 Gran Coupé is expected to be just as much of a driver's car.

BMW M2 Gran Coupe (Image: Autocar UK)

The recent images of the BMW M2 Gran Coupé while on test show some of the bodywork's shape. It gets a raised roof section at the back, which creates a five-door liftback shape. Hence, the M2 Gran Coupé will likely be a more practical offering that the regular M2.

BMW M2 Gran Coupé will be manufactured alongside the coupe and cabriolet at BMW's plant in Leipzig. On the inside, the M2 Gran Coupe will have a new interior layout from the successors of the 2 Series coupe and cabriolet, which are also due for launch in 2020.

Under the bonnet, the BMW M2 Gran Coupe's turbocharged three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines will be the same as the existing 2 Series coupé and cabriolet. Also, expect a 134 bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit in the 218i Gran Coupé, a 181 bhp and 242 bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in the mid-range 220i and 225i Gran Coupé models, and a 326 bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit in the 235i Gran Coupé. Among the diesels will be 148 bhp, 187 bhp and 221 bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder units in the 218d, 220d and 225d Gran Coupé models.

The new BMW M2 Gran Coupe will use the same 365 bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine as the two-door M2. It will be offered with either a standard six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Source: Autocar UK

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