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BMW M2 to Bow at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Most likely in near-production concept form.

After revealing the BMW M2 will generate 374 horsepower from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo powerplant, word has come in that the latest addition to the M Division will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January. That’s according to Auto Express, who in an interview with Carsten Priest, head of M’s product development, was told there is usually “a year delay between the base model and the M car.” Detroit 2015 would be exactly a year after the 2er was launched.

Picking up the mantle from the 1 Series M Coupe, the M2 will slot in above the M235i and offer buyers a more hardcore driving experience than the M3/M4 that have become everyday cars. It will boast a more aggressive character with flared wheelarches, a muscular build, signature M hood bulge, and some race-inspired chassis upgrades. There’s a chance BMW will also only offer a manual gearbox with the M2 despite previous reports to the contrary. Priest said: “If you look at what the M235i stands for, it’s a lot of driving excitement and emotion for sure, but it doesn’t go as far as an M core model. To qualify as an M core model, it would have to go quite a big step further.” And we’ll know just how big a step BMW has taken in the next couple of months.

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