There are plenty of faster and more powerful BMWs out there, but none of them come as close to the “ultimate driving machine” philosophy as the 2 Series Coupé. As cars get bigger and heavier, the 2er remains the go-to choice for enthusiasts looking for a nimble and compact sports car. Fortunately, the next-gen model will stick to the rear-wheel drive layout rather than being downgraded to FWD like all of the other 2-series models equipped with rear doors.
The revamped model has already been captured by the spy camera, but this is the first time we’ve seen the Series 2 coupe at the Nürburgring. Even though it looks almost ready to lose the cover-up, the official premiere shouldn’t be anytime soon. The prototype appeared to have all of the final body panels in place, along with production-ready lights and even a sunroof.
This is not just any 2 Series since we are tempted to believe that we are looking at the M Performance trim as indicated by the angular tailpipe tips and silver mirror caps. The stiffer suspension setup, large wheels, and big brake calipers also indicate that we might be dealing with the M240i, which will boast a subtle spoiler lip at the rear.
You certainly won’t find this roll cage on the production model, unless BMW prepares some sort of track-oriented M2 CSL for later in the life cycle. At launch, the M Performance derivative will be at the top of the range until the arrival of a new M2. These two versions will be the only 2-Series flavors to rock a turbocharged inline-six engine, with the lower versions resting on a smaller four-pot mill.
The world premiere is set to take place sometime in 2021, which would make the upcoming 2 Series coupe a 2022MY in North America. Don’t expect a version with a folding roof this time around, as rumors have it that the droptop will not be renewed due to declining demand for convertibles. Mercedes eliminated the SLC for the same reason, but if you really want a small BMW convertible, the Z4 is the one for you.