The rumors around a future BMW M2 are more alive than ever. Several sources close to the brand continue to indicate that the M division is actively considering an M version of the recently unveiled 2 Series Coupe, despite already having an exciting offering in the line-up, the M235i.
Just like the previous rendering we’ve posted, the new photoshoped images by Theophilus Chin showcase an M2 model with the typical M front-end design, flared wheel arches and wider track than the 2 Series Coupe. At the rear, the futuristic yet realistic M2 gets a rear spoiler and the signature M four-exhaust pipes. Kinda what BMW has previewed with their M235i Racing car.
While the BMW 1M had a fairly short development cycle (some say 12 months or less), the M2 will undergo a longer development phase which means a more compelling product with original parts, versus the M3 parts borrowed to the M2. With an aggressive package, the M2 will strongly differentiate itself from the M135i hatch and the M235i Coupe model.
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.