New BMW 2 Series Coupe Begins High-Speed Testing

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The new BMW 2 Series Coupe has been caught flexing its muscles at the Nurburgring.

When we last spied a prototype of the new BMW 2 Series Coupe, it was caught cruising the streets of Munich. Now, as testing continues, the brand new 2 Series has been spied going for a high-speed performance run at the Nurburgring.

We have no doubt it was fun to hammer around the Green Hell. Like its predecessor, the new 2 Series will adopt a rear-wheel-drive layout in contrast to the front-wheel-drive BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is based on the European BMW 1 Series hatchback. As the prototype is still fully camouflaged the design details are hard to see.

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However, leaked photos shared online earlier this year showing the hot M420i partially undisguised revealed the next-generation model will feature sweptback headlights without the signature double-ring LEDs, redesigned taillights, and a larger kidney grille, although it looks small compared to the gigantic grille adorning the front of the new BMW 4 Series. As for the proportions, the new 2 Series prototype appears to have a longer hood and a shorter rear end than the current model.

Inside, previous spy shots have shown the interior will look practically identical to the 2 Series Gran Coupe's cabin, but we're hoping the design will change as development continues. Engine options haven't been confirmed, but the new 2 Series will ride on a modified version of BMW's CLAR platform that underpins the new 3 Series Sedan and 4 Series Coupe.

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Under the hood, the current BMW 2 Series Coupe is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo producing 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six generating 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. Both powertrains are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to either the rear or all four wheels. These engines should carry over to the new model.

The new M2, on the other hand, could utilize a detuned version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six that will power the new M3 and M4. We're expecting the new BMW 2 Series Coupe to debut next year and go on sale as a 2022 model, but reports claim the slow-selling Convertible variant won't be renewed for the next generation.

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