BMW is getting ready to rip the covers off its next compact rear- and all-wheel drive coupe.
The next-generation BMW 2 Series coupe has been spied during testing, ahead of a reveal in the coming months.
BMW hasn’t confirmed if it’s bound for our shores, but given Australia’s penchant for performance cars it’s almost certain to come Down Under.
It’s built on a variation of the same CLAR platform as the 3 Series, and BMW has confirmed it will pack a 3.0-litre inline-six engine and an eight-speed automatic in range-topping M240i xDrive trim.
With 275kW of power, expect it to be properly rapid in a straight line.
On the outside, the car spied here has a light signature that doesn’t appear elsewhere in the BMW range, and what look like more traditional, slim kidney grilles up front.
The proportions are classic rear-wheel drive coupe, with a long bonnet and short rear deck. Like the headlights, the tail lights have an LED signature distinct from the rest of the BMW range.
Along with the all-wheel drive M240i, the range is likely to include a few entry-level models with four-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive.
Want tail-out thrills? A proper M2 is expected to follow the M240i, and it’s likely to be rear-drive.
BMW has a long history of small, two-door sports cars… and it knows it. It says the new 2 Series continues in the tradition of the 2002, the car that saved BMW and continues to inform (loosely, in some cases) its identity.