BMW M2 Coupe spy shots

9 May, 2014 4:06pm Oliver Kew

BMW already working on ultimate 2-series, set to feature more outlandish bodywork and a 350bhp engine

BMW is preparing a new M2 Coupe that will crown the 2 Series Coupe range, positioned above the M235i in price, performance, and visual impact.

The M2, which BMW insiders confirmed was signed off for production earlier in 2014, will build on the template set by the 321bhp M235i Coupe, offering a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine tuned to deliver in excess of 350bhp.

Instead of a standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox, BMW has the option of offering the M235i’s eight-speed automatic transmission, or even the seven-speed ‘DCT’ dual-clutch unit found in the latest BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe.

These spy shots show an early M2 prototype, distinguished from a regular M235i by its substantially wider track. This test mule is rolling on the forged 19-inch alloy wheels worn by the new M3 and M4, housed under heavily blistered wheelarches similar to the M2’s predecessor, the 1 Series M Coupe.

Also included on this M2 prototype are upgraded drilled disc brakes and high-performance calipers, again borrowed from the new M3 and M4 twins. A limited-slip differential – which buyers can purchase as a cost option for the M235i – will be a factory-fit inclusion for the M2, cementing its status as a baby BMW M4.

BMW will also turn up the visual aggression for the M2 Coupe, adding a bespoke M Division aerodynamic bodykit, trademark quad exhausts, and perhaps a ‘power hump’ bonnet and new door mirrors.

Reports suggest the M2 Coupe will bow into the market in autumn 2015. Prices will bridge the gap between the £34,250 M235i and the £56,635 M4.

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I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the M2, as it has the potential to be fun with a capital F. However, I do hope that the " excess of 350bhp" finally equates to an output in excess of 370bhp. IMO it will need a decent bump in power to differentiate from the M235i.

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