BMW M2 Coupe in the pipeline with 380 hp and technology from the M4

Article by Christian A., on January 21, 2014

Last year, BMW unveiled the M235i Coupe and all the brand’s enthusiasts were impressed by the car’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine featuring the M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and able to generate 326 hp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. For those who don’t know, the BMW M235i Coupe is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds when using the standard manual transmission and in 4.8 seconds when equipped with the optional eight-speed transmission with Launch Control activated.

Still, it appears that these numbers are not enough for BMW or the brand’s enthusiasts as the Bavarian carmaker is considering an M2 Coupe.

According to AutoExpress, this model is expected to use a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine found on the M235i Coupe capable to deliver around 380 hp. This move makes sense as the M2 leaves enough space to the BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan, which are powered by a 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

What’s more interesting is that the upcoming BMW M2 will adopt much of the new chassis technology found on the new M3 and M4 such as the electronically controlled limited slip rear differential dubbed Active M Differential.

In order to keep the car at an affordable price, the M2 will not be offered as standard with Adaptive M Suspension. The M2’s predecessor was called the 1-Series M Coupe, due to the fact that the M1 named was used by the company’s iconic supercar. There are no official details regarding the name of the upcoming sports car, but M2 sounds right!

Customers who want to enter the rather celebrated world of the BMW M cars finally have a chance to do so with the new M2 Coupe. It has that youthful and casual charm mixed in with intense power. The M2 Coupe also puts pure focus on being athletic while being practical for daily use. This latest addition to the M models does all of the running under the high-performance compact sports car class.

It manages this by having agility and combining it with exceptional driving dynamics. The result is a driving experience that is more than extraordinary along with flawless car control and precise driver feedback. A casual look at the M2’s front section shows that it remains to be among the well-known design features associated with the M series. The M2 Coupe continues to have that signature BMW kidney grille.

With the double bars of the grille being painted in black, it mirrors how the M double-spoke wheels are designed. It is also here where the M logo has been placed. Further, by implementing a three-dimensional design, it allows the M2 Coupe to have that rather “shark nose” feel. Present in the front end are the twin circular headlights that are in xenon form for this variant and displays a more contemporary approach.

This helps highlight the forward-surging look of the model and also sets a close stylistic relationship with the vehicle’s grille. In addition, it sharpens the focus even more on the road ahead. This is not all as a simple look is all it takes to see what this BMW model has in store as it relates to practice. Considered to be a continuation of the brand’s1-Series M Coupe, it is able to display its striking on-the-road presence no matter where it is viewed from.

There are various features on the exterior that are clearly specific to the M series, allowing it to express agility and dynamics. Customers can therefore expect not only exceptional performance running on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife but also excellent abilities when driven on urban roads. Given the tradition of the BMW sports coupes, the M2 Coupe has those stylistic references that put emphasis on the forerunners of the brand’s motor sport back-catalogue, specifically the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL and the 2002 turbo.

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