The folks over at Jalopnik spotted a heavily camouflaged 2 Series-based BMW somewhere in Washington, DC. Despite the location being fairly odd for the usual BMW testing trials, the said vehicle poses an interesting question: could this be a BMW M2 prototype without all the ///M parts on it?
It certainly seems odd that BMW would still test an M235i model since the car has already been launched and delivered to its first customers. BMW could, of course, test some different drivetrains underneath an older 2 Series test mule, but our bet still goes on an M2 prototype.
We have already seen M2 test mules being tested in Europe, some with more M-ready parts than others, and this one seems to make no exception. Looking from the rear we see wider fenders than the regular 2 Series. The front shots don’t reveal much either, other than clearly an aggressive fascia.
Just last month, the first F87 BMW M2 prototype was spotted during a testing session and we had the chance to see, despite the light camouflage, some of the design features, starting with the aggressive front fascia and the rear spoiler and the signature M four-exhaust pipes. Kinda what BMW has previewed with their M235i Racing car.
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 with both a manual and .
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 Sedan and M4 Coupe.
The BMW M2 will begin production in November 2015 with sales beginning in March 2016.
What do you think? Is the an M2 prototype?