Spy photographers have spotted the all-new BMW M2 in action. Here's what we know so far about the performance car.
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The next-generation BMW M2 Coupe is on its way and our spy photographers have spotted it testing for the first time. Despite BMW's recent foray into front-wheel drive performance with the 128ti, the Munich-based outfit will be returning back to its roots with the new M2 coupe.
We do know the all-new BMW M2 will feature a straight-6 turbo engine, rear wheel drive as well as the option of a manual gearbox. While what you see here is still heavily camouflaged, trademark BMW M bits are visible if you look carefully. There are the flared wheel arches, aggressive rear diffuser and the 4-pipe exhausts.
Under the skin, we expect a modified version of the BMW CLAR platform will be used. It currently underpins the 3 Series and the 4 Series, so you know there will be emphasis on good driving manners. We suspect BMW will use current components from the M3 and M4, such as the suspension, brakes and potentially the engine, but we reckon it will be slightly detuned to avoid awkward family bust ups.
As a reminder, the SA-spec BMW M3/M4 Competition produce 375 kW and 650 Nm, while the limited edition M2 CS dialled up 331 kW and 550 Nm. We reckon the new BMW M2 should deliver around 345 kW.
It is a long way to go before we see the production version of the 2022 BMW M2, with an estimated reveal in 2022.
Four exhausts and those hips? It can only be the all-new BMW M2