CarAdvice has just been at the launch of the all-new BMW M2 Coupe, where the chief engineer of the model, Frank Isenberg, made it clear that a drop-top model wasn’t on the cards.
“We’ve got such a nice M235i Convertible. And convertibles are not for racetracks, they’re for cruising,” Isenberg said.
“There will not be an M2 Convertible,” he said. “We need to keep it as purist as we did with the 1 Series M Coupe.”
Isenberg brought that model up because he oversaw the development of it, as well as the M2. He said himself that the M2 is more predictable and not quite as crazy as its predecessor, but insisted that didn’t mean it would form the basis for a ragtop model.
He said the less powerful, less intense M235i – which is offered as a coupe or soft-top convertible (pictured below)– is a better basis for such a vehicle.
“You can take that car on a racetrack as well, but you wouldn’t choose it for a track day. That’s the reason why we said no [to an M2 Convertible].”
NOTE: BMW M2 rendering at top of article produced by Theophilus Chin. See more of his work here.