The M2 Gran Coupe is being worked on by BMW which will be high on the practicality quotient as compared to the standard M2. There will be a 370 hp M variant for the Gran Coupe version of the company’s 2-Series and the car will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and the Audi RS3 sedan. The M2 coupe will have a rear wheel drive system and an engine that has been longitudinally mounted. This will be different from rival brands which make use of four-wheel drive and engines which are transversely mounted. The M version will now get more responsive driving attributes as compared to the competition.
BMW will also be considering a future model that uses the rear-wheel-drive platform and hence the 2-Series Gran Coupe will be introduced. The Gran Coupe will have a raised roof section at the rear along with rear doors and this creates a lift back 5-door shape which should be more practical in comparison to the standard M2. The new car should get a wheelbase between the 2-Series Coupe’s 2690 mm and 3-Series sedan’s 2810 mm. This will help in accommodating ample legroom at the rear along with two front-hinged rear doors which are rather conventional. There will be a brand new layout for the interiors which will be integrated into the successor models to the present 2-Series Cabriolet and Coupe models which are awaited in the year 2020.
The turbocharged four-cylinder and three-cylinder engines for the Gran Coupe 2-Series model will be similar to those of the current Cabriolet and Coupe versions. There could be a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine for the 218i Gran Coupe version with 245 and 184 hp outputs. There will be four-cylinder 2.0 litre engines for the mid-range 220i and 225i Gran Coupe versions. There will also be a 6 cylinder 3.0 litre 330 hp engine for the 235i Gran Coupe. The diesel lineup will include 190 hp, 150 hp and 224 hp four-cylinder 2.0-litre engines for the 220d, 218d and 225d Grand Coupe versions.
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Buyers can choose between an 8-speed automatic torque converter transmission system and a regular 6-speed manual transmission option. There will be standard rear wheel drive along with the four-wheel drive xDrive system. However, four-wheel drive will only be available for a restricted engine range. The M2 Gran Coupe will be the star of the entire portfolio. There will be the same inline 3.0 litre 370 hp turbocharged 6 cylinder engine as the two-door version and there may be a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission unit or a regular 6-speed manual transmission unit.
The M2 Gran Coupe will get a heightened performance like the M2 with its B30 S55 engine. The M2 Coupe can touch 100 kmph in 4.5 seconds for the manual version. The top speed of the car has been limited to approximately 250 kilometres per hour. A 2-Series Gran Coupe plug-in hybrid version may also be expected in the future which could use the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor mounted in the front. There will also be a regular 8-speed automatic transmission unit. Combined with the lithium-ion battery pack placed in the floor of the car’s boot, the 225e Gran coupe will have up to 50 kilometres in terms of an electric range. The 2-Series Gran Coupe models will be manufactured with the Cabriolet and Coupe versions at the Leipzig plant of BMW.