The successor to the BMW 1M Coupe is rumored to be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. With its production scheduled to begin in November 2015, the world premiere of the BMW M2 in Frankfurt is the only logical explanation. First, the potential iconic M car will debut on German soil at BMW’s home show and second, it is the closest car show before production begins.
It is scheduled to go on sale in early 2016.
The F87 BMW M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels. The overall weight plans ask for a limited of 1530 kg, lighter than the current M235i. It features a carbon fiber strut brace within the engine bay (as seen on the M3/M4) and composite plastic panels.
Under the hood, just as we reported, it will not sport the inline-six turbo from the new M3 and M4 – even detuned – but rather an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) with 370 horsepower. The M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission so we expect both options to be available in the production series.
The power output suggests a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds with the DCT, 0.5 seconds faster than the 1M Coupe.
The rumormill churns out that BMW is looking into an xDrive version of the M2 Coupe in selected markets.