By the look of things, the second generation of the BMW M2 is in the conclusive stages of testing and development. That’s if the latest images of the prototype are to be believed.
Just recently, a BMW M2 test mule was spotted flexing its muscles around the Nurburgring wearing full camouflage. Still completely disguised, a prototype of the M2 has been spotted in what looks like a location in San Francisco and it looks ready to hit the market, that’s if our eyes aren’t deceiving us.
Details surrounding the new BMW M2 remain under tight wraps but we know it will use a detuned version of the S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six powerplant that does work in the M3 and M4 Competition models.
It will likely feature the same M xDrive all-wheel-drive system from the M240i yet we expect a RWD variant to also form part of the range as is the case with the M3 and M4 models. An 8-speed automatic transmission from the M240i should also come standard.
The BMW M240i is at least giving us an idea what we can expect from the new M2 thanks to enlarged wheel arches and M Performance bits and pieces as well as four exhaust tips that have become synonymous with M cars.
The M2 should get M-specific tweaks such as a chunky steering wheel, and M sports seats with carbon fibre treatment like those in the M3 and M4 models.
We expect the new BMW M2 to debut sometime this year as part of the M division’s 50th anniversary.