If it's going to Europe, could we be lucky enough to get it too?
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has divided opinion, not just for its bulbous front end styling but because beneath the surface, it uses a different platform to the vaunted BMW 2 Series Coupe. The latter can be had in RWD form, but the Gran Coupe can't be. It's a FWD-based platform that thankfully only reaches US shores in AWD form, meaning the M235i xDrive is the perfect rival to the Audi S3 Sedan and Mercedes-AMG A35. But BMW in Spain has managed to fix our reservations about the Gran Coupe's styling, offering a special edition version at launch dubbed the Black Shadow Edition. Making it even more special is the fact that it can only be ordered online, making it the first BMW ever to not be available via the traditional dealer route.
The Black Shadow Edition is available on the 218i, 220d, and M235i xDrive models - the latter being the only one we receive in the US. They're available through an online platform until March 31, with special rebates available for buyers depending on which model they choose. There's no difference to the powertrain at all, which means that the M235i xDrive still produces 302 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds.
What the special edition does change, however, is the exterior styling, giving the 2 Series Gran Coupe a true-to-name black exterior treatment that looks like Darth Vader in car form. All Black Shadow Editions get M Sport exterior styling (M Performance in the case of the M235i xDrive), and all are painted in Sapphire Black metallic paint.
Also included are a range of extra black items from the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line package grouping, with black window surrounds, bumper and grill inserts, and blacked out tailpipes, and lastly, all models ride on a set of 19-inch style 552 M Sport bicolor wheels. Likewise, the cabin is all-black, with Dakota leather upholstery and blue contrast stitching. M Sport seatbelts are standard with the M tricolor striping.
Unfortunately, the special edition is only available in Spain, but if you're diligent enough you can get a close enough look on a US-spec M235i xDrive. We'd recommend it, especially when almost identically specced it'll only cost you $47,150.