BMW purists will have to live with the fact that most compact cars from their favorite marque are front-wheel drive. It started with the 2 Series Active Tourer, and it since expanded to the 1 Series sedan and hatchback, the 2 Series Gran Tourer, and the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
The brand's die-hard fans can breathe a sigh of relief this time. That's because BMW confirmed that the next 2 Series Coupe will retain its rear-wheel-drive layout. That means what you'll get is a junior version of the 4 Series Coupe. It's not out yet but the folks at BMW said it's coming around Summer 2021 in Europe. That means we're looking at a launch date between June to September.
BMW promises a lot of things about the upcoming 2 Series Coupe. They say it will have the spirit of the 02 Series that formed the foundation of the 3 Series. You can think of it as the spiritual successor of BMW's first sports compact two-door in some ways. They also say it will be one of their most driver-focused models.
What makes the new 2 Series unique is its chassis. It's the only compact BMW in the range that is driven from the rear wheels. It adapts the new modular rear-wheel-drive architecture dubbed the CLAR (or OKL) platform. With that in mind, the upcoming compact coupe sits in a shortened 3 and 4 Series chassis.
Manufacturers don't usually spill any details when they preview a model, but BMW did that to give its fans a bit of an appetizer. They released a few specs of the top-spec model dubbed the M240i xDrive. It will come with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine used in the M440i xDrive. It's good for 374 PS, just like its bigger and more luxurious stablemate. Since BMW prides itself on rear-wheel drive, we reckon it will have a two-wheel-drive model for those who want a raw driving experience.
It's exciting news to come out of Bavaria, and it should be an enthusiast's delight. However, the little teaser makes us excited for the next-gen M2 and M2 Competition. BMW didn't mention anything about it yet, but it should come a few months after the standard 2 Series Coupe launch.