The new BMW M2 was spotted during testing in Northern Sweden. The test mule seems to be playing on a closed track, covered with snow, and the driver lets loose the little beast with some controlled drifts.
Under the hood, we believe the F87 M2 will use an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) with 360-370 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 M2, despite having a proper M name and not just 2 Series M, is going to be very similar to the 1M. Even the recipe is quite similar to that of the 1M, the approach will be different as BMW is purpose building the M2 from scratch to be a monster. The 2 Series is already a better, more sorted sports car than the 1 Series, so it already has an advantage over the 1M. Plus, thanks to BMW’s newfound knowledge of lightweight materials and engine technology, it should be quite a bit faster.
BMW has learned a lot about lightweight materials from the i3 and i8, so expect some of these techniques to make the M2 as light as possible. The goal for BMW is to make it lighter than the M235i (3,505 lbs with a manual).
The M2 will also appeal to a younger audience, something BMW is trying desperately to do. Audis are all the craze with young folk these days, because we all have ADD and like their headlights. So BMW needs to make the M2 look aggressive and sporty to pull the Ritalin-addicted youth away from the four, shiny rings. With aggressive pricing, a younger professional crowd may be able to afford a high-performance M car.
The BMW M2 has a production date of November, 15, 2015 with first deliveries taking place in March 2016.