In May it was reported that BMW had trademarked the M2 name, providing more fuel to the rumors that BMW is planning a 2 Series line and a high-performance M2 version. Now we have a bunch of more details about the supposed upcoming M2, the successor to the 1 Series M Coupe.
Auto Express recently spoke with the BMW’s M division managing director, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, in which he revealed some of his plans for the M2. The M2 will be based on BMW’s F21 platform, which will also be the basis for the 2 Series that is due in 2014. BMW is currently testing two new engines for the M2. One is a 3.0L six-cylinder turbocharged engine with 350 horsepower and the second is a tri-turbo engine that will have a similar power output, but with better fuel economy. The six-cylinder engine is expected to be mated to BMW’s new DCT semi-automatic transmission, with brakes borrowed from the M3.
The M2 is expected in 2015.