BMW M2 Gran Coupe, due next year, with 365bhp, rival, RS3 sedan

BMW is working on a Gran Coupe version of Series 2, which will be led by a 365bhp M variant, which will do battle with the Audi RS3 sedan and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

Due in showrooms in 2019, the M2 coupe brother to keep an engine mounted longitudinally and rear-wheel drive, making it a unique offering compared to its rivals, which use engines are mounted transversely and four-wheel drive.

BMW’s intention is that this format will be the new M car with a more engaging driving traits of the Audi and Mercedes competition — a movement that has already done the M2 coupe to be a great success among the lovers of drivers. The company believes that there is sufficient margin of manoeuvre to the interior of its future line-up to accommodate an additional model horse on its widely used to the rear-wheel-drive platform, where the introduction of the 2 Series Gran Coupe.

New photos of a 2 Series Gran Coupe the development of the car to show how the bodyshape. He gets the rear doors and a raised rear roof section to create a five-door liftback shape, which, in M2 Gran Coupe form, it promises to be a more hands-on performance offering than the M2.

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The need to take account of two conventional front-hinged rear doors and enough rear-seat legroom is said to be the origin of the decision to give the new car a wheelbase that is mid-way between the 2690mm length of the 2-Series Coupe and 2810mm of the 3 Series sedan.

Inside, the 2 Series Gran sport Coupe, a new interior layout that is also adopted by the successors of today, Series 2 coupe and cabriolet, which are due in 2020.

The turbo three-cylinder to four-cylinder engines of the 2 Series Gran Coupe will mirror those of the current 2-Series coupe and convertible.

On the side of the essence, expect a 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder in the 218i Gran Coupe, with 181bhp and 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder in mid-range 220i and 225i models and a 326bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the 235i. Among the diesels will be 148bhp, 187bhp and a 221bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder 218d, 220d and 225d models.

As with its two-door sibling, buyers of the 2 Series Gran Coupe will have a choice of a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, as well as the standard rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive four-wheel drive. However, four-wheel drive will be offered in combination with only a limited number of engines.

The highlight of the new line-up, however, will be the M2 Gran Coupe.

It will use the same 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine as its highly acclaimed two-door sibling. It will be offered in combination with a standard six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Although it is still early, the S55 B30-space engine is expected to provide the M2 Gran Coupe with similar performance to the M2 coupe, which has an official 0-62mph time of 4.5 sec in manual form and a limited 155 mph top speed.

The 2-Series Gran Coupe will be produced alongside the coupe and convertible in BMW’s Leipzig plant.

A 2 Series Gran Coupe plug-in hybrid model is also discussed. It is planned to use BMW turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor mounted inside of the front section, a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.

In combination with a lithium-ion battery pack positioned within the floor of the shoe, which is intended to provide the 225th Gran Coupe with an electric range of up to 31 miles.

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