New BMW M2 test mules have been spotted in California. Yesterday, we brought you the first M2 prototype seen on U.S. soil and today, an Alpine White and Black Sapphire mules pop-up on our radar. We believe BMW is now conducting hot weather tests in California’s Mojave Desert to reveal some of the extreme measures it takes to ensure that as few people as possible need to call upon its four-year or 50,000-mile warranty.
Interesting enough, next to one of the M2s was an M4 Coupe with right-hand drive, likely another prototype which was left behind after the market launch. The M2 mules are lacking the production body kit, therefore they lack the flared fenders and the massive look we’ve seen in previous spy photos.
The 2016 BMW M2 uses the chassis technology, largely unadjusted, of the current M3 and M4, associated with the unique in its class weight distribution of 50 to 50 between the two axles. The M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class.
The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.Production kicks off in November with first units delivered to customers in early 2016.