BMW’s regular 1-Series coupe and convertible are about to be replaced by new 2-Series-badged cars
, with prototypes for both versions having been spotted testing on several occasions and a world debut expected soon.
But what about a successor to the highly praised 1-Series M Coupe?
According to a new report, a successor is planned and could be launched on the market as early as 2015.
That report comes by way of Auto Express
, which also claims that the car will be called an M2. Talk of an M2 first surfaced as far back as 2010
after it was revealed that BMW had filed a trademark for “M2” with the U.S. Trademark and Patents Office.
With the M Division now happy to install tweaked versions of regular BMW engines its dedicated M cars, expect this new M2 to adopt an upgraded version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine found in the M135i sold overseas
. In the M135i it’s tuned to deliver 320 horsepower but in the M2 it should deliver at least 350 horses.
Note, an M235i featuring a similar spec to the M135i
is expected in the U.S. as well, so performance fans have a lot to look forward to.
Getting back to the M2, 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.
Drive will be sent to the rear wheels, either via a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission. With the M135i already sprinting to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the more dynamic M2 should shave a few tenths of a second off that time.
Considering that the M2’s closest rival will be the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
, which has been priced just under $50k, expect the BMW’s sticker to fall in line with this model. Further down the line, a new RS 3 from Audi
will join the fray. We can’t wait until the final showdown._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.