BMW M2 Gran Coupe on the way?


You know how it goes with M cars: the estate version (if it happens) is cooler than the saloon, the saloon is cooler than the coupe, and everything is cooler than the cabrio. They're the rules. See the unbridled delirium around M5 Tourings, homebrew M3 wagons and similar machines which deviate from the two-door M car norm.

Another could be joining the ranks soon, with Autocar suggesting an M2 Gran Coupe could become a reality, to provide a four-door rival to cars like the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45. The rumours have come about with the emergence of new spy shots of the standard 2 Series Gran Coupe, with that model likely to arrive later this year. BMW of course has some form here, the two-door 6 Series (and M6) spawning Gran Coupe equivalents. The 4 Series coupe does have a four-door equivalent as well, though not an M4 yet.


As for what the M2 GC might be, Autocar's intel thus far is implying that the car would use the original M2's 370hp N55 straight-six turbo, rather than the S55 now found in the M2 Competition. Presumably this would be to leave some headroom to the two-door Comp as the flagship for now, though it would be surprising if a four-door version didn't happen in time.

Besides that expect a small weight gain to account for the additional doors - as a point of reference a 4 Series GC is 50kg more than a regular coupe - as well as fractional increases in length, wheelbase and interior dimensions. With the new G20 3 Series growing over its F30 predecessor in length, width, height and wheelbase - which will naturally carry over into the next M3 - the scope is there for the M2 GC to occupy the four-door niche once occupied by the now-larger car.

It all makes quite a lot of sense then, with a space being freed up in the range, a regular model imminent and the running gear already in the empire. Whether an M2 Gran Coupe actually happens, though, remains to be seen - count us amongst one of the (hopefully many) interested parties.




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  • HM-2 03 Jan 2019

    It's a pretty niche niche, but I can't say I wouldn't be tempted by a 4-door M2.
    I prefer the idea of a 4-door to a hatch or a coupé for everyday use, but don't need a car as big as a 3-series.
    I prefer the styling of the 4GC and 6GC to the 3 and 5 series respectively.

    The camo'd up thing is pretty ungainly, mind.

  • kambites 03 Jan 2019

    This is based on the new transverse engined platform, right? It certainly looks like it from the position of the front axle.

    I wonder if they'll install a Haldex type 4wd system or make it a hybrid with the rear drive being electric like the current Mini Countryman.

    Edited by kambites on Thursday 3rd January 12:57

  • LocoBlade 03 Jan 2019

    The new 2 series will be based on the new G20 3 Series chassis so still RWD, so presumably this will be too as it seems strange to introduce a longer version of the existing 2 Series platform so late in its lifecycle. Either that or its a lowered 2 Series Active Tourer which I think is basically the Mini chassis in which case an M2 derivative with any of the existing engines isn't going to happen.

    I can't see any M2GC having the original N55 engine anyway though, I thought the entire reason the existing M2 lost that engine and got the S55 was because it wasn't cost effective to bring it up to the latest emissions regs.


    Edited by LocoBlade on Thursday 3rd January 13:03

  • kambites 03 Jan 2019

    LocoBlade said:
    The new 2 series will be based on the new G20 3 Series chassis so still RWD, so presumably this will be too as it seems strange to introduce a longer version of the existing 2 Series platform so late in its lifecycle.
    The coupe will, but the proportions of this look like it'll be based on the new 1-series platform to me (which is presumably an evolution of the current Mini and 2-series GT one). I suppose that might be the disguise giving that impression.

  • LocoBlade 03 Jan 2019

    kambites said:
    LocoBlade said:
    The new 2 series will be based on the new G20 3 Series chassis so still RWD, so presumably this will be too as it seems strange to introduce a longer version of the existing 2 Series platform so late in its lifecycle.
    The coupe will, but the proportions of this look like it'll be based on the new 1-series platform to me.
    Yep could be right, it does look a lot more like the proportions of an Active Tourer with the back of the roof chopped away. If it's FWD/4Wd and transverse though then it certainly won't get the N55 or S55 engine and I can't see BMW launching a full fat M car with a 4 pot.

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