New BMW M2 coupe revealed

6 Jul, 2011 2:25pm Dan Strong

Sensational new coupe set to take the fight to Porsche Cayman

It’s a BMW  M car revolution! Auto Express can reveal the news every fan of the BMW's M division will want to hear... The firm is gearing up to rival the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT RS with a new M2 coupé.

We spoke exclusively to the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke, and he revealed the car was key to his plans. Plus, it’s only the start.

A revolutionary new M3 is also in the pipeline, and there are discussions over a Lamborghini Aventador-rivalling supercar. The ambitious plans will help BMW take the fight to the quattro GmbH performance arm which makes S and RS-badged Audis, plus the R8.

The M2 will be based on the firm’s F21 platform – also set to underpin the 2 Series, due early in 2014 – and has a front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels.

One BMW insider has told us the newcomer, a direct descendent of the 1 Series Coupe, will be instantly recognisable from the entry-level car with its bold look.

Our source also explained that BMW will not copy Audi’s “sausage factory” approach to design. This means the racy new 2 Series will get unique front 
and rear end styling, as our exclusive images reveal.

The new 2 badge will also help BMW manage its model range, since the 1 Series family has expanded to include hatch, coupe, cabriolet and crossover models. Plus, it will overcome the problem of using M branding in conjunction with the 1 Series nameplate.

The company is currently testing two engines. The first – a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo – offers around 350bhp and is very similar to that in the 1M Coupe (tested on Page 56). The second is an innovative tri-turbo, giving similar performance but better fuel economy. This will debut in a new X3M at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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.

This material, which was first adopted on the E46 M3 CSL, is stronger than steel and yet extremely light. What’s more, it is much easier to repair than carbon fibre.

Nitschke told us: “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.”

The all-new two-door is expected to arrive here in 2015 – and if demand for the 1M Coupe is anything to go by, it’s set to be a huge showroom success. BMW reports that only 30 of the 450 right-hand-drive versions of the two-door 1 Series it has built remain unsold.

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Im not a BMW fan, in fact I hate them, or rather the drivers that drive them, but this model is very nice. All it needs now is 4 wheel drive to be anywhere as good as an Audi RS model. For normal road use 4 wheel drive is a must, especially in the wet or snow.

If the finished article looks anything like that I'll eat my proverbial hat and be wowed at the same time.

If you can't handle a car in the wet without four wheel drive, you need to seriously look at your driving technique - there are millions of motorists on the road that seem to cope well with only two driven wheels, and I don't have a problem with RWD in the wet.

About as believable as santa claus

This looks brilliant!!

I'm glad BMW have decided to go with the design language they presented earlier this year.

I think the sqaure profile given to the front, is the way for BMW.

Cyeber - having had RS4 and RS6 (now 6 series) - trust me quattro isnt everything - still alot of understeer available. 6 series with DRC was a revelation and better than both my RS.

In snow - on summer tyres, most drive types useless - wifes fwd Polo with skinny tyres beat everything around here...

This M2 looks fresh and good to see them starting to take the fight back to Audi.

Given that BMW is asking (and, to be fair, getting) £40k for the 1M, this will be an expensive coupé to buy.

The designers at BMW are producing cars that are getting more bizarre each time.
That front end is down right ugly.
Nothing new for BMW their then.

Looks more like it is supposed to followup on the distinctive Z4 coupe: same dimensions and stance sort of. I like the idea that BMW will use some of the styling of their spectacular hybrid coupe. However, I am definitely not a fan of how the new sedans and the 6 Series turned out to be.

Ok then, it appears as if BMW have been listening to all the criticism of their recent design philosophy, have popped a couple of happy pills, pulled up AutoCad et voila, a car fit for Han Solo... XD

The only fly in the ointment, why FWD? Looking at the first pic, from this angle there is more than a hint of Alfa GTV down the flanks, another gorgeous car hamstrung by its drivetrain. :/

Where did you get that from? It says in article:

"The M2 will be based on the firm’s F21 platform – also set to underpin the 2 Series, due early in 2014 – and has a front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels."

So it does Mr Cardinal_Fang. I'm very sorry your lordship XD

I think it was due to me having read the other BMW article about their people carrier immediately before this and the fact that I was dog tired at the time lol

It still looks like a GTV down the flanks though ;)

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Not too keen on the 'close encounter with a samurai' slashes down the side. Front air scoops just a little bit too exaggerated and angular. Other than that very nice.

This doesn't actually look fresh at all - it looks like a retro design off an origional r series..

"Our source also explained that BMW will not copy Audi’s “sausage factory” approach to design. This means the racy new 2 Series will get unique front 
and rear end styling, as our exclusive images reveal."

My A**** !!! Those stupid BMW front nostrils that are on every friggin BMW are STILL there - just stretched out. Way to be unique and not continue the "sausage factory" approach to design BMW...........

sign me up for one- this looks amazing!

I know this car is meant to have the futureistic look but I think it's down right ugly, both front and back.

RWD is quite fine but when you have 400+ HP and equal amounts of torque under your foot, there is no argument that 4WD is safer faster. Sure we who think we can drive can have a go, but we'll have the tail hanging all over the place and have to be contantly excercising our Andretti skills to keep up with the "dirve in the park on a sunday" 4WD. Lets not even discuss under wet conditions what the difference will be. In any event, we're all supposed to be taking our time on wet roads, supercar or not.

Face like a skelped arse! lol

I like the front. The back will take some getting used to. The roof / rear window looks as if the glue holding it on hasn't set and the whole section is about to drop off. Not sure about the F1 rear diffuser either - will it be flowing it's exhaust gases underneath to create more downforce?

I like the front. The back will take some getting used to. The roof / rear window looks as if the glue holding it on hasn't set and the whole section is about to drop off. Not sure about the F1 rear diffuser either - will it be flowing it's exhaust gases underneath to create more downforce?

it has it's fingers in two many pies and is fast losing credibility...

than we'll see a lot of ugly women with bad nose jobs and twisted liposuctions driving M2s...
but really, BMW, it's time you get back to the aggressive clean lines that defined you in the previous century....

Can't wait till 2014.

I have to admit that in the 'rivalry' between BMW and Audi, BMW are streets ahead in the design dept. A lot more adventurous than the 'safe' staid styling of the Audi's.
Just my opinion mind.

Try driving through flood water in your bmw you will be stuck on side if road with a water logged engine like so many hear in Gloucestershire, my Rs4 cruises through and out the other side no problems

It's the love child of a BMW Z8 and an Alfa GTV.
Looks ok to me.

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