BMW has been showering us with fresh revelation after reveal, but some feel that the best is yet to come. Following the M4 CSL, the M division will appeal to aficionados with another real sports car. Yes, we’re referring about the M2 G87, which appears briefly in a new teaser film published today. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it performance coupe is said to be “coming soon,” although it’s unclear if that would be before or after the M3 Touring’s June premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We’ve written extensively on the new M2 in recent months, so here’s a brief reminder. The smallest M vehicle, like its big brother, the M4, will have rear-wheel-drive. The main difference in traction between the two will be the absence of an optional xDrive system, since BMW will only offer the vehicle with RWD.
Buyers will have the option of a manual or automatic gearbox, like with the M4. The S58 engine from the bigger coupe will be used, although logic dictates that the twin-turbo 3.0-liter mill will be detuned. Nonetheless, the inline-six could produce up to 450 horsepower, which is a decent figure since the standard M4 has 473 hp despite being larger and hence heavier.
A previous teaser image revealed a camouflaged prototype with a variety of M Performance pieces, including a massive rear wing and an M4-inspired center-mounted exhaust. With the 2 Series Coupe already adopting iDrive 8, it’s fair to assume the M2 will include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen as well.
The G87 basic model will be followed by hotter variants at the San Luis Potosi Plant in Mexico. Time will tell if BMW will build an M2 CSL or merely a Competition and/or CS. Given that mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains will become the standard in the coming years, the tiny sports car might be among the last M automobiles to be devoid of electricity.
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