Say hello to the new BMW M2.
Images of the compact coupe that will sit below the M4 in the BMW Performance range have been published on Bimmerpost.
The distinctive looks of the regular 2-series have been increased to 11, with a boxy front bumper and an aggressively folded rear. The car pictured is finished in a blue that looks suspiciously similar to Hyundai’s hero color for the N Performance brand.
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BMW recently said that the M2 “has a similar level of performance to the BMW M2 CS” and shares the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six engine as the M3 and M4.
It also confirmed that the M2 will be available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed M Steptronic torque-converter automatic transmission. Drive is also only sent to the rear wheels at launch – although reports say all-wheel drive will be added at some point.
It is reported that the standard M2 will have more power than the outgoing M2 Competition, which produces 302 kW of power and 550 Nm of torque. The regular M2, last seen here in 2018, delivered 272 kW and 465 Nm.
The new M2 Competition is rumored to be boosted to 335kW or even 365kW, with a six-speed manual gearbox also expected.
This level of performance in the new Competition brings the larger M3 and M4 into the crosshairs of the M2. Both delivered 353 kW and 550 Nm in the basic manual version, with Competition models pumping out 375 kW.
The BMW M2 will have an adaptive M chassis and a “strong braking system” that was taken directly from the M3 and M4.
Options confirmed by BMW include a carbon roof and M carbon bucket seats. Thanks to previous images of a pre-production M2, we already know that the two-door coupe will feature the BMW Curved Display.
The screen layout appeared to be similar to that in the i4 and iX, which uses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen in the same body.
The latest BMW iDrive OS 8.0 infotainment software runs on the dual screens of these models, with satellite navigation as standard.
Although BMW confirmed the curved display will be rolling out in Europe on the regular 2 Series coupe from July, it’s still only local with the separate 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen with OS 7.0 available.
BMW is currently celebrating 50 years of the M division with a bevy of new high-performance models, including the new M2.
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