Yes, I know what front-wheel drive means, you turkeys. I KNOW HOW THINGS WORK. But on the heels of a BMW sedan concept said to preview a decidedly front-wheel drive new 1 Series, we’re also hearing the beloved 2 Series coupe could go FWD too. But which ones?

To recap, last week BMW unveiled the Concept Compact Sedan, said to be both the next 1 Series in four-door form and their weapon in the sales dominance fight against the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA. Good. Swell. We’ve known for a while that several FWD/AWD BMWs are in the works using the new Mini platform, which makes sense in this segment.

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But now, according to the German publication Autobild, word on the street is the next 2 Series will go FWD as well. That’s a markedly different approach from the current small, turbocharged, rear-drive 2 Series coupe that we love ‘round these parts so much.

Grain of salt as always, but here’s what was reported, via BMW Blog:

While the 1 Series hatchback having its power sent to the front-wheels is somewhat of a logical step, the plan to move the successful and fun-to-drive 2 Series Coupe and Convertible to the same platform is highly controversial. Back in June, Fröhlich – according to Auto Motor und Sport – was advocating for the next iteration of the 2 Series sports models to be built on the company’s next-generation rear-wheel drive architecture which also supports the future 3,5,6 and 7 Series models. Initially called “35up”, the new RWD architecture was later relabeled as CLAR, short for Cluster Architecture.

Whether and why BMW has changed their mind is a big unknown at the moment, but the idea will likely be met with backlash from the BMW community.

Indeed it will, but my question is, will this really include the 2 Series coupe and convertible, or just some 2 Series models? After all in Europe and other markets, BMW already makes two FWD 2s: the Active Tourer and Gran Tourer.

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So perhaps the world will luck out and keep their small coupe RWD, as the Roundel gods intended, and in the same lineage as the 2002, E30 and others. I certainly hope so. I love the tail-happy nature of the current 2, and would hate to lose it to torque steer in the name of volume. But it seems at least possible.


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