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.