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BMW ‘M2’ to be the successor to the 1 M Coupe – report

With the new BMW 2 Series heating up the news waves, there’s now reports a high performance BMW ‘M2’ is on the way as well. The model would obviously sit as the flagship 2 Series.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe rear

Like the two-door BMW 3 Series models will soon be called the BMW 4 Series, BMW is also said to be planning a similar sort of naming structure for the two-door versions of the next-gen 1 Series; called the 2 Series.

Incorporating a rear-wheel drive layout, as opposed to the next 1 Series hatch which is set to take on a front-wheel drive layout, the 2 Series will be the company’s new entry-level sports coupe.

An ‘M235i’ has been spied already, as seen in the video below, featuring the company’s renowned 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six producing around 235kW. We now hear word of an M2 being on the way, bumping power out to an M3-hunting 250-260kW mark.

Keen BMW enthusiasts will see where this is leading. Yep, the M2 is set to be the successor to the very potent BMW 1 Series M Coupe (pictured) from 2010. According to a recent Auto Express report in the UK, the M2 will not only feature a powerful engine, it will also gain performance through the use of carbon fibre components and a moderately stripped out cabin, leaving a reduced kerb weight over the regular 2 Series.

The report also says the car will come with both a manual and auto option, as opposed to the old 1 M Coupe which was a manual-only affair. Power is expected to be directed into a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle.

Since the 2 Series is yet to be revealed or even officially confirmed, the M2 isn’t likely to appear on the market until around 2015. Still, if the 1 M is anything to go by, this will be one to keep an eye on.

Click play below to see prototypes of the 2 Series coupe undergoing testing at the Nurburgring.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.