New BMW M2 shapes up

23 May, 2013 4:01pm Luke Madden

The BMW M2 will be the successor to the 1 Series M Coupe and is set to go on sale in 2015

This exclusive image is of the BMW M2, a performance model that will sit at the top of the new 2 Series range, a replacement for the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models.

The M2 shouldn’t be confused with the M235i (pictured in our spy shots), which uses the same powertrain as the M135i: a 3.0-litre single-turbo straight-six producing 316bhp. BMW doesn’t consider these to be core M cars, despite their performance, but the M2 will get the full M treatment.

That means using the M235i’s engine, but upping the power to around 350bhp. Engineers will be hoping to cut weight, too, with a more stripped-out approach to the interior and even the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic panels. BMW will also fit a proper mechanical limited-slip diff to the M2, rather than the M135i and M235i’s artificial set-up, which brakes individual wheels to improve cornering.

BMW is expected to go with firm fixed-rate suspension like the 1M Coupe’s, rather than the M135i’s adaptive dampers. That should mark it out as a more focused performance car, clearly setting the two models apart.

As the pinnacle of the 2 Series range, the M2 will have to be the quickest, so it’ll need to better the M235i’s expected 4.9-second 0-62mph time.

A lower kerbweight and more powerful engine mean a time of around 4.6 seconds is possible – which is the same as the outgoing M3’s figure.

Unlike the manual-only 1 Series M Coupe, BMW is expected to offer both manual and auto versions, with the latter being a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The M2 will have an even more aggressive bodykit than the M235i, with a new air intake built into the front wing and a set of quad exhausts rather than a pair of individual tailpipes either side of the rear bumper.

The standard 2 Series hasn’t been revealed just yet – although we’re expecting it in 2014 – so it’ll be a while before we see the M2 appear in showrooms. A 2015 release date is likely, with a price of around £45,000.

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this should be ugly but epic!

wouldnt it be better to refer to the spy shots you already have rather than making stuff up? The headlights are much thinner (less 1 series) on the real thing, even has a square petrol cap cover (rather than round!) and doesnt look like the old one coupe with a new series grafted to the front!

So the 135/235 have 3 litre engines. There numbering is total nonsense. Badge engineering. Old times a 135 would have had 3.5 L. Now, it's rubbish. 528 has a 2 L same as 525! 535 has 3 L same as 530. 550 has 4.4. Why bother sticking all these misleading labels on the cars? Absolute joke.

I agree, however I think they "estimate" what the power with the turbo is equivalent to if it were naturally aspirated. The thing is, many of these cars have exactly the same engine capacity just various states of supercharger/turbo boost.

I quite like it. Still, I think should be a hatch.

Looks lovely. I used to have a 1 series M coupe with some BBS alloys on it. Went like stink and looked great on the upgraded wheels. the Michelin Pilot Sports helped things along!

Oh look, it's Noddys new car! Pile of pony n trap!

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