Rumor: BMW to Offer a Front Wheel Drive Based M2

A front wheel drive M car in the form of a M2 Gran Coupe might be a real thing. BMW is dead set on competing against the front wheel drive Audi A3 and Mercedes A Class in every category. To do this they are creating a sedan and now a four door coupe like sedan off of the UKL platform. And then they’re taking it as far as they can by handing it over to M.

That’s according to Autocar who believes BMW a will drop an inline six (we have serious doubts about that fact) in the front wheel drive sedan creating a M2 Gran Coupe.

We believe that BMW will indeed hand over the front wheel drive 2 Series Gran Coupe to M but the results will be an all wheel drive M240i rather than a full fledged M car. Luckily BMW will also be heavily modifying the current rear wheel drive 2 Series coupe for a true M2 follow up in 2023.

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  • Nick Dawson

    Gabe – there seems to be some confusion here. Autocar’s article makes is clear that the 2-Series Gran Coupe rides on the existing widely used rear-wheel-drive platform using a longitudinally mounted engine.

    Due in showrooms in 2019, the M2 coupé SIBLING will retain a LONGITUDINALLY mounted engine and REAR-WHEEL DRIVE, making it a unique offering compared with its rivals, which use transversely mounted engines and four-wheel drive.

    BMW’s intention is that this format will provide the new M car with more engaging driving traits than its Audi and Mercedes competition – a move that has already made the M2 coupé a big hit among enthusiast drivers. The company believes there is sufficient scope within its future line-up to accommodate an additional model riding on its widely used REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE platform, hence the introduction of the 2 Series Gran Coupé.

    • The car shown is clearly FWD. there have been no RWD test miles seen.

      • Nick Dawson

        Perhaps they posted the wrong photos – it wouldn’t be the first time

        • I would personally be delighted if that were the case 🙂