Rumors of BMW working on a new M2 model have been swirling around for ages, but this is the first piece of hard evidence that we have on the car. It looks like it’s an early prototype that incorporates the expanded front fenders from the M235i Racing with more bloated rear fenders than the regular M235i Coupe used to widen both tracks.
It might be missing the signature “M” quad tailpipes and bumper designs, but other clues that point to the car being a tester for the upcoming M2 include the larger M3/M4 style, double-spoke alloy wheels mounted on Michelin high-performance summer tires behind which we see the blue brake calipers with cross-drilled rotors.
In its final production form, the M2 should also get a reshaped hood, bumpers and door mirrors. Whether BMW will also give it a lighter carbon fiber roof remains unknown.
While a heavily tuned turbocharged inline-four would make a lot of sense for a car that many BMW fans see as a modern day M3 E30, most sources seem to agree that the Bavarians will probably give the M2 a 3.0-liter turbocharged-six that will split the power difference between the 320hp M235i and the 425hp (431PS) M3/M4 duo at around 370-horses.
By John Halas
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