According to BMW insiders AutoExpress spoke to at the launch of the M235i, a new M2 Coupé ‘makes a lot of sense’. That’s nor denying or confirming the M2, but it goes hand-in-hand with our own inquiries. BMW is pretty mum about the M2, but the company sees a lot of value in such a model that will compete with the CLA A45 AMG.
Furthermore, their source confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) was considered for production. However, the plans were then scrapped when it was decided that it would “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.”
Earlier this year our own source close to the brand mentioned that a BMW M2 will undergo a longer development phase. With an aggressive package, the M2 will strongly differentiate itself from the M135i hatch and the 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. Kinda what BMW has previewed with their M235i Racing car.
The magazine also says that the BMW M2 is expected to adopt much of the new chassis technology found in the M3 and M4, including an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential dubbed Active M Differential.
Under the hood, the M engineers will use M235i’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine but with a power increase to around 380bhp, leaving enough space to the 425 hp from the new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe.
BMW M2 is expected to hit the market in 2016.