BMW M2 on the way, more powerful than M235i – rumour

March 9, 2014

BMW is apparently working on a top-notch ‘M2’ high-performance coupe based on the new 2 Series, ready to sit beneath the upcoming M4. This would make it a successor to the old 1 Series M Coupe.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

BMW’s M Division has been expanding out in recent years and fettling not just the 3 Series and 5 Series, in the case of the M3 and M5, but also the X5 and X6 SUVs, and even the semi-M models such as the current M235i (below) and M135i hatch.

Rumour has it the next model on the agenda will be based on the new 2 Series coupe. More specifically, the already-serious M235i.

The M2 is set to come with a full suite of bespoke M components including suspension, brakes, interior bits and pieces, wheels, a specifically tuned driveline, and even chassis enhancements in the form of extra bracing and increased rigidity.


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A tweaked version of the widely used ‘N55’ 3.0-litre turbo straight-six engine is also on the cards. In the M235i the engine develops 240kW. In the M2, speculations suggest a figure of around 280kW.

Like the 1 Series M Coupe, which was a special edition model limited to just 2700 units (expanded to 6309 due to popular demand – 200 in Australia), the M2 is expected to come with a proper six-speed manual transmission. A quick-changing auto might be offered as an option.

BMW will want to slot the model into a very fine gap in terms of acceleration and performance. The M235i is able to cover 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds while the new M4 covers it in 4.3 seconds. (The 250kW 1 Series M Coupe was able to do it in 4.9 seconds.)

It is only early days yet and BMW hasn’t mentioned anything officially. Given the 2 Series coupe has only just gone on sale, we shouldn’t expect to see a hot M version for at least a couples of years, if the rumours are true that is.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.