It's coming soon. Very soon.
The latest generation BMW 2 Series is a wonderful coupe. In some ways, it may even be the best non-SUV in the German automaker's existing lineup, especially the most impressive M240i xDrive. We love the latter and just when we thought it couldn't get any better, it looks like it's about to.
Our spy photographers have caught the next M2 out performing what's probably its final testing stages ahead of its reveal sometime later this year. We predict it'll be a 2023 model. What's clear today is that this test mule is wearing less camouflage than before. Previous photos provided some indication regarding the design of the front grille and front spoiler. Today, we're given a clearer look. Also take note of the shape of the new front headlights as they differ compared to that of the regular 2 Series lineup.
We expected this to be the case as BMW has a consistent history of differentiating its M cars compared to the non-M models. Like before, the new M2 will sport a wider body and wheels allowing for a more aggressive stance and, of course, a more intense driving experience. Power? That will come by way of a detuned version of the larger M3 and M4's 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo. Expect somewhere in the neighborhood of over 450 horsepower.
The next M2 Competition, which we've also caught testing, could have upwards of 490 hp. For comparison, the outgoing M2 has 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be on hand for transmission duty.
The reveal of the new M2 is a big deal for BMW and fans alike. As we said, the M240i is already an extremely capable and precisely engineered driving machine and topping that is not exactly easy. But the M2 will have at least one thing the M240i currently lacks: standard rear-wheel-drive.
BMW will supposedly launch a RWD version of the M240i in the very near future as well. It's also possible the next M2 will have an AWD xDrive option. But for us - and we're not alone on this - it'll be the RWD, six-speed manual-equipped car that could be the most thrilling of the bunch.