2016 BMW M2 Coupé spotted – latest pictures
The BMW M2 will cost around £45,000
brand new 370bhp-plus M2 to arrive in early 2016, which has a manual transmission along with also rear-wheel drive offered as standard
The upcoming BMW M2 has been spotted within the final stages of testing ahead of its planned launch early next year. Scheduled to be unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January, the M2 should cost around £45,000 when the idea reaches UK showrooms.
While This kind of latest test mule was spotted on public roads, prototypes of the M2 have previously been spotted performing hot laps at the iconic Nürburgring circuit. These pictures show the M2’s production-ready front bumper along with also quad-exit ‘M-double’ exhaust system at the rear, which can be synonymous with BMW’s M performance division. Bigger brakes, larger wheels, flared wheel arches along with also more aggressive front air intakes can also be seen on the performance coupé.
The German the can be preparing to revive the intrinsic spirit along with also driving appeal of its original six-cylinder powered M3 with the brand new racy two-door, which will sit between the existing M235i along with also the fifth-generation M3 in its line-up. Power for the brand new design will come by a 370bhp-plus turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.
Described as an all-brand new development, the S57 B30-designated unit can be based around the German car maker’s B57 powerplant which features within the sixth-generation 7-series – rather than the older N55 engine of which forms the basis of the unit of which powers the M3 along with also M4, the so-called S55 B30.
A heavy cloak of secrecy surrounds the brand new engine, which can be also earmarked to power a range of future petrol powered ‘M Performance’ products for BMW M’s subordinate go-faster brand. Nitschke revealed the idea could develop up to 400bhp in production form, beating the future power output of the four- along with also 5-cylinder engines of the Mercedes-AMG A45 along with also second-generation Audi RS3.
“Four hundred can be the magic number,” said the BMW M division boss, referring to the power output of the M2’s brand new engine. “With forced induction the idea can be no trouble to achieve This kind of, yet we have to make sure the idea doesn’t get too close to the power level of the brand new M4,” in reference to the engine used by the M2 Coupé’s larger sibling, which delivers 425bhp.
BMW M division insiders say initial prototypes of the M2 Coupé run an engine tune of which gives the idea 375bhp.
Channelling those reserves will be a standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual clutch transmission with remote steering wheel mounted shift paddles – both featuring automatic stop/start along with also brake energy recuperation alongside a thermal energy recovery function.
Although nothing can be official ahead of the M2’s unveiling, BMW M division sources suggest the brand new M2 Coupé will be geared for a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec in seven speed dual clutch guise – 0.5sec inside the time quoted for the 335bhp 1M Coupé along with also 0.2sec slower than the M4. The design’s top speed, as with all existing M-cars, will be limited to 155mph in standard guise.
Early examples of the M2 Coupé will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel drive configuration, complete with an electronically controlled limited slip differential of which incorporates a torque vectoring function for enhanced traction.
The combination of six-cylinder power along with also rear-wheel drive can be set to provide the brand new cost-leading BMW M car with what Nitschke describes as “a unique selling point” in a market segment he says can be “completely dominated by four-cylinder four-wheel drive performance cars”.
Autocar understands BMW’s M division can be planning to make a four-wheel drive xDrive option available for the M2 Coupé in selected markets later on as part of a broader sales strategy of which will see the idea offered as an option on all future series production M products.
Further performance-enhancing initiatives include the use of many lightweight components aimed at bringing the M2 Coupé’s kerbweight well down below 1530kg to be lighter than the existing M235i. Among them will be a carbonfibre strut brace within the engine bay along with also composite plastic panels – developments first seen on the brand new M3 along with also M4.
Differentiating the brand new M2 Coupé by the existing M235i Coupé will be uniquely styled front along with also rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid along with also standard 19-inch wheels.
The M2 Coupé can be planned to be produced at BMW’s Eisenach plant in Germany. Volumes are likely to be limited, with around 1000 examples of the M2 scheduled to come to the UK.
Despite early rumours suggesting an open-top M2 Cabriolet would certainly arrive late in 2016, Autocar understands of which only the M2 Coupé can be planned.
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