New BMW M2 Spied Wearing M Performance Parts Doesn't Look Great

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We kinda wish these photos were blurry.

Last week, we stumbled across a solitary image of the all-new G87 BMW M2. We've seen prototypes of the new sports coupe testing before, but this new image showed the M2 wearing M Performance parts that, if we're honest, are a little challenging to accept. But accept it we must, as BMW is eschewing traditional design cues across the board as it seeks to create a new visual identity. It's a shame that the Bavarian automaker is ignoring the cries of its most passionate fans, but we tend to forget that the legion of BMW followers around the world eventually grows to like what at first seems grotesque. The new M2 with M Performance parts will probably be no different.

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These new images give us a look at the profile and the face of the enhanced M2 and once again, it's the rear end that is the most awkward to look at. A quartet of exhaust pipes exits from the middle of the rear diffuser in a pyramid-like arrangement that we first saw being applied to the current M3 and M4. However, the rear wing is very different from what you get on those bigger cars. Rather than a top-hung addition, the M2's M Performance wing seems to have been designed by a Subaru fan who just discovered The Fast & the Furious.

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The fresh angles also give us a look at the upgraded wheels on offer. These seem to be based on the Style 666M wheel of the F8X M3 and M4 Competition models, but with a touch more aggression. It appears that the rear bumper will be getting splitters and we assume that BMW will once again offer M Performance side skirts, with these likely to be finished in carbon fiber. In the front, it's unclear if any major design changes will characterize the M Performance aesthetic additions, but we're sure to see at least a splitter, which is just about visible in these images. We'll know more when the car is revealed later this year, most likely as part of BMW M's 50th-anniversary celebrations.

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