It was about three years ago back BMW promised to absorb the rear-wheel-drive blueprint of the 2 Series for the coupe’s abutting generation. While that’s absolutely acceptable to hear, it creates a bit of abashing in the company’s calendar because the next-generation 2 Series Active Tourer will already afresh be FWD-based, abundant like the afresh launched 2 Series Gran Coupe. A new address appear by Autocar aims to afford some ablaze on the company’s bunched car lineup, decidedly on the achievement versions.
The acme jewel in BMW’s baby car ancestors will already afresh be the M2 accustomed the “G87” codename and angled to use a detuned adaptation of the agent powering the X3 M and X4 M as able-bodied as the accessible M3 and M4. The “S58” twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six is said to accept at atomic 420 application and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) of torque to accommodate a akin of achievement agnate to today’s car admitting a weight access acquired by the beyond footprint. It should do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in the low four-second ambit and max out at about 175 mph (282 km/h).
Much like the Z4 auto and the Toyota Supra coupe, the M2 will use BMW’s CLAR belvedere and that could alleviate the achievability of a mild-hybrid bureaucracy added bottomward the line. Customers will get to aces from either a six-speed chiral or an eight-speed torque-converter automated chiral sending ability alone to the rear arbor as xDrive is not planned.
Autocar claims BMW affairs to accept the new M2 on auction in the U.K. ancient in 2022 back the blow of Europe should get it as well, with the U.S. acceptable not far behind. It’ll allegedly accept a seven-year life, so if electrification is absolutely on the agenda, a mild-hybrid M2 could be out for the mid-cycle amend programmed for about 2025 or 2026.
Even admitting it was alone a few months ago back BMW disqualified out full-fat M versions of models based on a front-wheel-drive platform, the new address claims the Bavarians are planning an M2 Gran Coupe. It’s said to avowal an xDrive blueprint and accept about 400 application to booty on the next-generation Audi RS3 Sedan. That would represent a advantageous ability addition over the 301-hp M235i Gran Auto and abundant bite to booty on the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
A agnate accouterments adjustment is allegedly planned for a hotter 1 Series positioned aloft the M135i to attempt with the accessible Audi RS3 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG A45 / A45 S. The name of the auto is not known, but affairs are BMW will break abroad from application “M1” and “1M” back those two are accounted by hardcore admirers as actuality too admired to be acclimated on a car that has front-wheel-drive origins.