Who says you can’t drive an M car in snow? The upcoming BMW M2 “proves” us wrong. The new compact M car has been spotted during winter testing in Sweden and the spy photos give us a closer look at the body lines and stance.
As seen in these photos also, in order to differentiate itself from the M235i Coupe, the BMW F87 M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels.
The car gets a more aggressive stance, thanks to the flared fenders and more sculpted hood.
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.
BMW will unveil the M2 this fall and first units will be delivered to customers in 2016.