It's a little late to sing the jingle bells, but oh, what fun is it to slide in a rear wheel drive coupe…eh? We're singing to the tune of a group of BMW engineers who seemed to be enjoying themselves in 2-Series Coupe and Convertible prototypes in Sweden, despite the freezing weather.
The cloth- and hard-top iterations of the new 2-Series will sit right below the recently announced 4-Series models as the most affordable way to get into a two-door sports car from BMW when they arrive in the market in about a year or so from now.
Underneath their differently shaped sheetmetal, you'll find the same platform architecture, technology and plenty of interior bits from the 1-Series hatchbacks.
Expect a raft of 1-Series engines in the new 2-Series models, stretching from 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel units with up to 215-horsepower (unless BMW uses the same 240hp 2.0-liter turbo from the 328i) to a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with more than 300hp. An M version will follow down the line.
Given that the second-generation 1-Series is offered with all-wheel drive, we see no reason why BMW wouldn't make xDrive available on the coupe and convertible models as well.
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