The BMW M2 comes back to focus. We’ve reported several times before on the successor of the popular 1M Coupe (here, here and here) and today we have a new report, this time published by Car and Driver.
The U.S. magazine, citing sources close to BMW M , reports that the 2015 BMW M2 will undergo a longer development phase when compared to the 1M and with an aggressive package it will strongly differentiate itself from the M135i hatch and a possible M235i Coupe model. The M2 is said to sport an unique fascia with large air intakes, wider track and wider rear fenders, as well as a rear spoiler and the signature M four-exhaust pipes.
Furthermore, the magazine says that the M2 will be available only in coupe form with no plans for another body style. “This car excites everyone around here,” says the source at M GmbH. The M engineers are expected to produce twice as many M2s than 1M Coupes which BMW sold to 6300 customers.
Power will be sent to the wheels via the rear-wheel drive platform. Even though in the past we have heard of rumors around a four-cylinder banger powering the M2, Car and Driver says that an upgraded version of the 3.0 liter TwinScroll turbocharged engine might be used with a total output of 360 horsepower.
The M2 will use BMW’s proven compact rear-wheel-drive platform, shared with the current 1-series and similar to that of the 3-series. An all-wheel-drive version of the M2 is possible in theory, but don’t expect one. This platform also means strong potential for cutting-edge telematics and connectivity. It will be mated to a six-speed manual, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as a possible option. Same source says that a 0-to-60 sprint should take around 4.5 seconds.
BMW M2 will compete against the Audi RS3, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Volkswagen Golf R.[Source: Car and Driver]