BMW is working on the finishing touches for the next generation of the M2. The performance coupe wasn’t entirely alone, as some of the spy shots show the prototype in front of an M240i. In a direct comparison, one detail stands out: it looks like the M2 will get different headlights, as they no longer narrow as they approach the grille.
Speaking of which, the kidneys have horizontal slats, and we get the impression that the grille is a little more angular than before. Perhaps the most noticeable change at the front compared to the M Performance version is the redesigned front bumper with significantly larger square air intakes. The lower grille is more upright and is flanked by additional air intakes.
Otherwise, the two performance coupés share the typical M side mirrors and a subtle spoiler on the boot lid. But that’s where the similarities end, as the future M2 features a redesigned rear bumper that houses the quad exhaust system with its lush tailpipes, which is likely reserved for the Competition model. Expect BMW to fit 19-inch wheels as standard to accommodate the larger brakes needed for the extra power over the M240i.
A lowered chassis also seems to be included, considering the lowered ride height of the prototype running on winter tires. Another big change compared to the smaller 2 Series coupe versions will be a different upper section of the dashboard, housing the iDrive 8 with its side-mounted screens. Body-hugging seats and other M-specific features will set the top-of-the-line model apart from the more basic variants.
According to the latest information, the BMW M department, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will offer the M2 exclusively with rear-wheel drive. In the basic variant, it should have at least 400 hp, with the competition supposed to offer a performance advantage of around 30 hp. There will be a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed automatic as an option, so that everyone gets their money’s worth.
The world premiere is scheduled to take place in the coming months before series production begins in December 2022 at the San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. In the further course, BMW will probably spice up the M2 series with sharper derivatives above the competition, namely with the limited special models CS and CSL.