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by Tim Beissmann

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.

BMW M2 5

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.

BMW M2 9

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.




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