To differentiate itself from the M235i Coupe, the F87 M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels. The rendered M2 here also comes functional vented hood, M3/M4 side mirrors, carbon fiber roof, ceramic brakes with yellow calipers and full LED headlights.
To spice up things a bit, this M2 also gets a rear wing and a carbon fiber front lip.
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.
And that’s not all. The shocker really comes from the statement that BMW is looking into an xDrive version of the M2 Coupe in selected markets. And if that wasn’t enough, an M2 Convertible will also be launched in 2016.[Photos: 2addicts]