If you haven’t heard of the newly-released BMW M2 that’s been dominating internet headlines more than the a Kardashian sex tape, you either aren’t a fan of cars or living under a rock. But if you happen to be one of those cave-dwellers who hasn’t yet heard of the BMW M2, here’s a crash course — it’s the best.
Okay so maybe I was being a bit facetious, but it is a spectacularly good car that’s been credited with bringing BMW’s famous M brand back to the glory days of the E46 M3 and E39 M5. It’s been garnering praise from pretty much everyone who’s driven it thus far. In fact, I don’t think there’s even been a lukewarm review of it yet, which that never happens on the internet. You can put a video on YouTube of adorable puppies licking babies and someone will think it’s the video equivalent of small pox. But not the M2, everyone loves it.
So what happens if it were to get any better?
Well, while the BMW M2 did basically bring BMW M back to its glory days, the famous brand is still missing a type of car that enthusiasts love, a small, high-performance, rear-wheel drive sport sedan. I stress small, because while the current BMW M3 is an incredibly high-performance sport sedan, it’s a bit bigger and heavier than many enthusiasts would have liked. So the BMW Brass are toying with the idea of a BMW M2 Gran Coupe.
If you aren’t familiar with Gran Coupe BMWs, they’re essentially sleek four-door versions of two-door coupes but still called coupes. It’s strange, we know, but the only two Gran Coupes so far have been great, so the end has justified the means.
So BMW is currently in serious talks of creating a Gran Coupe variant of the 2 Series and M2. The reason for this is that the next-generation BMW 3 Series will likely grow in size quite a bit, thus providing room below the M3 for a sporty four-door coupe. The current BMW M3 is quite large as it is, making it any bigger puts it in M5-size territory of not too long ago. So something smaller would be a very welcome addition. Plus, Gran Coupes usually look flipping brilliant, as the M6 Gran Coupe is a stunning car. And considering that the M2 is already a great looking car, adding some GC looks to it will only make it even better looking.
There’s also the added practicality of four doors. High performance four-door cars are always favorites among car enthusiasts, because they allow customers to own a genuine sports car without having to put their children in the trunk (I’m kidding, that’s horrible… They go on the roof). So adding a bit of practicality and style to the BMW M2, with its 365 hp 3.0 liter inline-six and six-speed manual, would only make it possibly the best all-around BMW since the E39 M5.
BMW is currently only toying with the idea and hasn’t confirmed it to be true just yet. However, if BMW does green light the M2 Gran Coupe, it could mean the very best BMW we’ve seen in over a decade and that’s simply too good of an idea to pass up. 2019 can’t come soon enough.