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Talk of a BMW M2 sports car dates back all the way to 2010 but never really got serious until the launch of the new 2-Series earlier this year. At present the most potent 2-Series model is the 320-horsepower M235i but we’ve heard that a lighter and more powerful M2 is likely. Now, an inside source has revealed to Bimmerpost that a 2-Series-based M2 has been confirmed for production in the fall of 2015 and should be on the market no later than early 2016.
Other details the source has revealed line up with what we’ve previously heard about the car, such as its power source being an uprated version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, the N55, found in the M235i. Peak output is said to register somewhere between 365 and 375 horsepower.
BMW reportedly considered going with a next-generation four-cylinder engine for the M2 but decided to stick with a traditional straight-six. Drive should go to the rear wheels only, most likely via a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission. With the M235i already sprinting to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, the more dynamic M2 should shave a few tenths of a second off that time.
Expect reduced weight brought about through the use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic panels. A proper mechanical limited-slip differential for the rear axle should also be fitted, along with stiffened suspension.
Key rivals for the M2 will be Mercedes-Benz’s CLA45 AMG and Audi’s upcoming RS 3. The good news is that the M2, unlike its 1-Series M Coupe predecessor, will have a normal production run and should be available throughout the remaining years of the current 2-Series line.
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