Redesigned kidney grilles will help distinguish it from the 2 Series.
Now that the new BMW 2 Series has broken cover, it's time to get excited about the next-generation M2. BMW is under a lot of pressure to deliver because improving on the M2, arguably one of the best driver's cars with a BMW M badge, won't be easy. A few weeks ago, images of the M2's new bumper leaked online from China, suggesting there will be some significant design changes to the front end.
While the leaked photos were never verified, these latest photos sent by our spy photographers of an M2 prototype being put through its paces suggest the leaks were real. Since our last sighting, some of the camouflage has been removed, exposing the new M2's kidney grilles.
Compared to the new 2 Series, the M2's kidney grilles are more angular. The leaked photos of the front bumper also indicated the headlights will be redesigned, but they are still concealed by the camouflage. These design cues will help distinguish the M2 from its standard sibling, just as the M3's larger grille sets it apart from the standard 3 Series.
At least these changes probably won't cause as much controversy as the M3 and M4's bold new look. Wider fenders and larger wheels also set the M2 apart from its standard sibling.
As for the interior, recent spy photos have shown the new M2's cabin will be upgraded with a larger curved display. As standard, the 2 Series is equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a 5.1-inch driver cluster, but it looks like the M2 will inherit the i4's 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment display. Under the hood, the M2 will most likely be powered by the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine found in the M3 and M4.
Rumors suggest the M2 will have around 490 hp. If so, this will be a significant power boost over the current 405-hp M2 and even the 444-hp M2 CS. Since the new 2 Series only debuted a few weeks ago, the next-generation M2 probably won't break cover until next year and go on sale for the 2023 model year.