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What the BMW M2 could look like

Rumors | March 25th, 2014 by 33
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According to our sources, the BMW M2 is no longer fictional, and in 2016 is expected to hit mass production. Ahead of the first spy …

According to our sources, the BMW M2 is no longer fictional, and in 2016 is expected to hit mass production. Ahead of the first spy photos, we took the time to see what the BMW M2 could look like when it comes to market.

The rendering below shows us the M2 with the typical M front-end design, the carbon fiber roof, flared wheel arches and wider track than the 2 Series Coupe. Not shown here, but expected to see in the final design is a rear spoiler and the signature M four-exhaust pipes. Kinda what BMW has previewed with their M235i Racing car.

Earlier this year our own source close to the brandWhat the BMW M2 could look like 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.

What the BMW M2 could look like

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.

It was also revealed last month that a BMW M2 prototype is currently running under the hood an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0). The same source reveals that the M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission.

BMW M2 will most likely have more ponies under the hood than the M235i (340 hp), so expected anywhere from 360 to 380 ponies, leaving enough space to the 425 hp from the new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe.

Compared to the 1M, the BMW M2 will have a regular production cycle so no shortage or sold-out models are expected.

  • Pavl

    I hope you are not right concerning the engine.
    BMW should step-up the development process for 4 in line sporty engines. Mercedes and Audi have already equipped entry-level sport cars with high performance 4 cylinder engines (355 hp and 310 hp respectively). BMW cannot go on with the present set-ups for the 3 liter engine.

    • Syed

      the M2 is definitely in testing with the N55. So forget about the 4-banger….and good riddance! if you’ve ever owned a high power 4 cylinder (i have) you’ll realise they feel very overboosted and limited in range after a certain amount of HP. So happy BMW are sticking with the Inline-6.

      • Pavl

        Recent comparative tests between entry-level performance cars gave BMW leverage mainly because of the better transmission set-up and steering. In fact, Merc A klasse AMG (2l 355 hp) turned better figures on track than BMW as well as drag. BMW already cashed-in from their multiple wins with the in-line 3l six petrol and diesel so it should move-on.

    • Sam

      No Audi (VW) 4-cylinder has got 310 HP. There only EA888 2.0 TSI with 300 HP, but we are talking about that 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder with 310 HP which is mounted in e. g. RS Q3.

      By the way, it is really good that BMW is making more-cylinder engines – above the 4. Anything above 4-cylinder is non-standard, somehow specific and more sporty. I hope BMW will not go bellow 6-cylinder layout in their sport cars.

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

        It will def be a six-cylinder in the M2.

  • CDspeed

    I’m sure BMW would do a M2 body kit and not just paste M3 bits on it.

    • 1Mowner

      doesn’t make much sense here, aside from the front fascia which I feel should be very much so similar to the current m3/m4 as the m235i sport shared a similar fascia. Nothing else resembles too much similarity from this render, different vents, hood is blah, not the same mirrors and of course similar fender flare as all Ms share. Okay maybe the same wheels but ehh who cares

  • Sihle

    very nice

  • T

    I have not seen the car because it is still being worked on in the studio but I gather they are now at three dimensional full scale now.
    I have seen some sketches in the typical exaggeration of aerodynamics , low rooflines and giant wheels.

    This is interesting because they are developing a color like this for a specific M Vehicle and it looks like the M2 will possibly be the first recipient. In a way it is an evolutionary next step on Valencia Orange but also updates the previous colour exclusively for the BMW Z3M Roadster and Coupe in the bright hue of Kyalami OrangeAlthough the new colour will have a metallic finish to standby my mini-car. Although the new colour will have a metallic finish to stand out as a compliment to the M4s Austin Yellow and the M6 Sakhir Orange.

  • jason bourne

    Very nice color.

    I still hate the cut line on the hood, but it’s unavoidable at this point.

  • BMWJS

    A 6 cylinder engine is definitely the best choice for the M2! An upgraded N55 will do the same for this car that the N54 did for the 1M. The S55, tuned for a 2 series M, would obviously work well also!

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  • Rosendahl

    I think that it should be the ultimate performance version for the M brand.
    People who buy a M3, or M4 are not in the same demographic, the M4 is a Huge vehicle, the M2 should be the evolution of the 1M, but if you ask me, the 1M was the evolution to the E36 M3, it was better handling, and a very cool car in a small package. The upcoming M2 needs to be as light as the 1M, higher reving, more power, better brakes, E36 wing mirrors please(the current 2-Series mirrors are ugly) M-Quad exhaust, thin seats, a navigation system that can hide itself, lots of alcantar.
    I really hope BMW doesn’t compromise and make another fancy gadgety bla bla bla car, I hope they go real Analog on this M2. It’s needs to be a real drivers car, not a car that drives itself, it needs to be rebellious and Extreem

    • Danny

      Amen!

  • JB001

    I would not say BMW has abandoned the 4 cylinder yet. I’ve read somewhere dr. F. Nietzsche said, he wanted to be the best from all 4 cylinder competitors… I gues we will have no trouble this time when we see the first spyvideo’s, to hear weither it is a 4 or 6-cylinder engine. ;)

    In the light aswell of Porsche’s announcement to produce a next gen cayman and boxster with 4-cylinder engines, i would deffenitly not exclude the 4-cylinder option…

    It would contribute to the lightweight aspect aswell, 4- cylinders weigh less than 6. Now we’ve seen Mercedes can achieve 360hp from a 4-cyinder…

    • Bob

      The M2 has been repeatedly confirmed to be using the N55 engine. A quick Google search will also point you towards test mules running the ring with an early version of the quad exhaust fitted.

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

        That’s correct.

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  • Guest

    I don’t think that engine will come with only 380HP. The M235i with some tuning (ECU, exhaust) can go from 320HP to 380. The M2 should come with at least 400HP.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      It will actually have 360 hp.

  • Alejandro Valerín

    I don’t think that engine will come with only 380HP. The M235i with some tuning (ECU and exhaust) can go from 320HP to 380. The M2 should come with at least 400HP.

  • Alberto Piqueras Ramos

    Interesante le motor que llevará con sus 380 cv, le podrán complicar la vida a los M3/4, al igual que estos se la complica a su vez, a los M5.

    Saludos.

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