Building atop the successful 1 Series M Coupe, BMW may be looking to build a new entry-level M model. We have learned in the past via several sources that the Bavarians are planing (and have already filed for a trademark) an M2 model built on the next generation F21 2 Series Coupe.
The M2 will continue to be a rear-wheel drive that is set to launch sometimes in 2015. BMW calls it a direct descendent of the 1M and will be instantly recognizable from the entry-level car with its bold look and M-specific design cues.
The rendering below takes a stab at how the M2 might look like, but we are inclined to believe that BMW will offer different front-end styling compared to the 1 Series Hatchback. The rear-end will feature a dynamic and sporty slope, and a wide, bold trunk design.
The “heart” of the BMW M2 could come from a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo engine developing 350 horsepower, but instead of tuning up an existing power unit, we hope to see a brand-new M-developed engine.
Power will be fed through BMW’s all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission, while the brakes will be taken from the current M3. To keep the newcomer’s weight to a minimum, the firm is expected to make extensive use of the advanced carbon fibre-reinforced plastics it has developed for its Project i cars.
Last year, BMW M CEO Dr. Nitschke told AutoExpress that “In the 1M Coupe, we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.”
Even though there is a few years to wait until you can get your hands on an M2, the M1 is nothing to be overlooked which you can find these used cars from motors.co.uk.
[Rendering: Roger Lighterness]