Earlier today, BMWBLOG Editor-in-Chief Horatiu actually had the chance to drive a prototype version of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (driving impressions coming soon!). So it’s a car we’ve learned quite a bit about today. However, we haven’t all driven it and driving impressions are still hush-hush, so we still don’t know much about it. Which is why it’s exciting to see some new spy photos of the latest Gran Coupe. (We don’t own the photos but they can be seen at Autocar)

Judging by the funky purple camouflage and visible link to the 2 Series Gran Coupe website, we’re assuming that this car was part of today’s earlier prototype test drive. Maybe it’s just the cool purple camo wrap but I’m starting to like the look of the 2 Series Gran Coupe. For such a compact car, it looks long and low and surprisingly sporty. It seems to have a cool interpretation of BMW’s famous Hofmeister Kink and the little rear decklid spoiler looks sporty.

In fact, the car in these photos looks to be some sort of sportier model, or at least have a sportier trim package, thanks to its aggressive black wheels, large front air intakes and rectangular exhausts. I’m going to venture a guess and say that it’s the BMW M235i Gran Coupe, due to its M Sport brake calipers, which are visible on the front brakes. That would make sense, as brands typically like testing prototypes of flagship models to impress journalists and critics.

While Horatiu drove a pro-pro model, we’re impatiently waiting to test the real deal. The 2 Series Gran Coupe will be based on BMW’s new front-wheel drive architecture and we’re very curious as to whether or not it will feel like a proper BMW. We’ve driven other front-wheel drive-based Bimmers before but they’ve all be crossovers. So this will be the first time BMW is making a front-wheel drive-based sports car. Naturally, we’re curious to see if it works.

[Source: Autocar]