What It Is: Now we had to try really hard here, what with the covered badge and all, but our expert powers of deduction tell us this car is the upcoming BMW 2-series convertible in turbocharged six-cylinder M235i configuration. Like the fixed-top 2-series coupe, it will also be available as a 228i with a turbocharged four. The droptop 2-series will aim to be a more dynamically focused car than its big brother, the 4-series convertible, and like its 1-series convertible predecessor, it will have a fabric roof. Unfortunately, the 2-series convertible will also be a relatively heavy car, so it needs all the power it can get. If BMW makes a beastly M2 down the road, there could be a convertible variation as well.
Platform: The 2-series convertible is internally known as the F23, and is an evolution of the defunct 1-series convertible. It therefore shares a lot of componentry with BMW's other smaller rear-wheel-drive cars, such as the 3-series, the X1 hatchback, and the X3 crossover. On the other hand, there is virtually no commonality with the 2-series Active Tourer, a front-wheel-drive people mover which actually shares a platform with the new Mini Hardtop.
Powertrains: BMW will offer the 2-series convertible with the same turbocharged engines as the coupe, a 240-hp four in the 228i and a 320-hp six in the M235i. The transmission portfolio consists of a six-speed manual and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. Other markets will be offered with diesels and less powerful entry-level gasoline engines. All-wheel drive won’t be on the table, but, as mentioned, a balls-out M2 model just might.
Thanks to: Car and Driver