Question is, is it even necessary?
The all-new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has finally arrived, aimed directly at the likes of the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan. The era of front-wheel-drive-based luxury performance sedans is well underway. And because BMW's two main German rivals already offer the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and Audi RS 3 sedan, it's only a matter of time until BMW launches the M2 Gran Coupe. BMW has not officially confirmed anything at this time but we know the eventual reality.
And thanks to talented rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita, via Behance, we can already get a pretty solid preview as to what the final product will look like. These BMW M2 Gran Coupe renderings, at first glance, could almost be mistaken for the real deal. Remember, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has nothing in common with the BMW 2 Series Coupe, Convertible, and M2. The latter three are all rear-wheel-drive. The 2 Series Gran Coupe is instead built on the same architecture as the X1 and X2 crossovers.
Despite the difference, it'll still be fairly easy for BMW to apply the M treatment. These renderings show the car with bigger brakes, quad exhausts, fender flares, and a restyled front end that allows for greater air intake. There are also, of course, the typical BMW M badges. But the big question is what will be under the hood? BMW's latest is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the base 228i, while the M235i has the same engine only with a power boost to 301 hp and 332 lb-ft. Both variants utilize BMW's 8-speed automatic, which distributes power to the xDrive all-wheel drive system. Can additional power be extracted from this engine?
More than likely the answer is 'yes.' But at the same time, it'll need to match, at the very least, the AMG CLA 45's 375 hp. Meanwhile, the RS 3 has 394 hp. We doubt an inline-six will be called upon for this task, but automakers, especially German ones, have been known to accomplish wonders with smaller turbo engines.