BMW M is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a barrage of new M-badged models. We’ve already got the loaddown on M4 CSL and we know what to expect from the first M3 Turing. But the car that arguably excites the most is the brand new BMW M2.
BMW hasn’t revealed much about the Hot 2-Series yet, but thanks to a leaked image we at least know how its rear end is being made. Serial liqueur, appearing on Instagramwlikoblok’s Instagram account, the single image has not been confirmed out of the question as actual, but it appears to be a German-registered blue M2.
You can create “M2” badges on the right side of the trunk, but even beyond that conversation, there are plenty of other gifts that match what we saw in the spy shots of the Genuine M2 prototype test.
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The M240i already has a flared arch and an integrated trunk spoiler with a lip spoiler on top. But the track and rear wheels of this car are remarkably wide, the bumper has been reshaped and now it has a boxer shape and vertical vent (or possibly dummy vent) at the bottom. And instead of the M240i’s twin triangular / rectangular tailpipe, we can see the hint of a real M-car’s quad exhaust tips.
What this figure doesn’t confirm is whether the M2 will get a completely different front-end treatment for other 2-Series cars, as has been rumored. We can’t see the interior either, but we do know that the M2 will get BMW’s latest dashboard and iDrive setup mounted alongside a touchscreen infotainment screen featuring a digital gauge cluster with a one-piece dashboard display. That technology is already in the updated version of the generic 2-Series.
BMW is playing its Powertrain cards close to its chest but the M2 is expected to get an isolated version of the M3’s 3.0-liter turbocharged Straight-Six that is developing around 450 hp (456 PS), and is paired with a choice of six-speed manual. And eight-speed automatic transmission. Hopefully, that energy will only be delivered to the rear wheels, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out.
What do you think of this alleged M2 image? Do you like what you see and do you think it’s a real leak, or is BMW playing games with us to create our expectations? Let us know in the comments.