BMW 2 Series coupe to remain RWD

BMW 2 Series coupe to remain RWD

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Friday 7 August 2020

BMW is working on a new 2 Series coupé, and the good news is it will retain its rear-drive format.

It will share little with the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is based on the German’s FAAR front-drive platform, and will instead use a version of the CLAR underpinnings which the firm uses for its SUVs, large sedans, and also the Z4. So the new ‘G42’ 2 Series should be a dynamic thing. It is scheduled to drop in the first half of 2021.

Fortunately, the 2 Series Coupe has been saved from the oversized beaver teeth grille of the new 4 Series, and is likely to mimic the fronted look of the 2 Series GC, keeping it in line with the rest of the range.

Engines will be laid out in the traditional north-south arrangement, sending power to the rears, though don’t be surprised if BMW adds an xDrive AWD variant at some point. The line-up will likely include three-, four- and six-cylinder units with some form of electrification likely too. Expect the range to be topped by a new M2 at a later date, with BMW likely to ensure it has more power than the likes of the AMG A 45 S and Audi’s upcoming RS 3, albeit sent exclusively through to the rear wheels. And to appeal to the purists, a manual gearbox option is rumoured to be in development for said M2.

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