Lighter, with greater refinement, and more power than the 1M. Get ready for the M2.
Although rumors claimed it would have its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January, a more accurate report has arisen stating that the BMW M2 will premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. And we're more inclined to believe it, because Frankfurt, obviously, is in Germany and it's the venue where Deutschland's carmakers bring out their finest. It's a show worthy of an M2 reveal. We've seen a few M2 prototype spy shots, and know it'll be powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo inline-six (the N55).
It'll produce roughly 370 hp and 384 lb-ft. Both a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch gearbox will be offered. Compared to its predecessor, the beloved 1 Series M Coupe, the M2 will make the sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds – 0.5 seconds faster than the former. To differentiate it from the M235i, the M2 will feature uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, trunk lid, and standard 19-inch M wheels. It'll also weigh less than the M235i thanks to greater use of carbon fiber components, such as a strut brace in the engine bay. What's also possible, in some but not all markets, is an xDrive version, but nothing has been confirmed just yet.