CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured a prototype of the BMW M2, giving us our first look at the hotly anticipated, high-performance compact coupe.
Though BMW is yet to officially confirm the M2’s existence, these images clearly show the Bavarian manufacturer is hard at work creating a flagship 2 Series sports car to sit above the current range-topping M235i coupe.
Black and white camouflage material does little other than highlight the prototype’s broader wheel arches – the fronts borrowed from the M235i Racing, the rears also slightly different.
Also visible are the M2 test car’s blue brake calipers, cross-drilled rotors, gloss black alloy wheels borrowed from the M3/M4 twins, and low-profile Michelin tyres.
The production version is also expected to feature more aggressive front and rear styling including larger air intakes and quad exhaust outlets.
The BMW M2 is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the M235i’s 240kW/450Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine. The uprated motor’s output is likely to split the difference between the M235i and the M3/M4, the latter sharing a newly developed twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 317kW and 550Nm.
The M2 is also tipped to inherit much of the chassis technology from the M3/M4, including an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, and feature upgraded suspension and M-tuned stability and traction control systems.
The BMW M2 is expected to debut late next year ahead of its anticipated release in 2016.