British media is reporting BMW will offer the M2 Coupe with an optional all-wheel drive system but only in select markets.

British media is reporting BMW will offer the M2 Coupe with an optional all-wheel drive system but only in select markets.

Like it or not, all-wheel drive BMW M models are on the way but purists should know that RWD will still be standard as the xDrive system will be available only at an additional cost. BMW is already testing an AWD system in an M5 prototype but it seems the first model to get xDrive will be the M2 Coupe slated to come out later this year.

According to Autocar, BMW will offer an M2 xDrive in select markets to boost sales and it seems all-wheel drive will eventually be offered on all fully-fledged M models. The report goes on to specify the all-wheel drive M2 won't be available from day one so it will probably be offered from late 2016 / early 2017. The RWD M2 Coupe will weigh less than the M235i's 1,530 kg but the xDrive variant will be a tad heavier due to the added complexity of an all-wheel drive setup.

Reports are indicating the rear-wheel drive M2 will run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox while top speed will be electronically capped at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Deliveries are scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter of the year while sometime in 2016 an M2 Convertible should follow.

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