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2016 BMW M2 Spy Shots

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The new BMW 2-Series is one of the many culprits of the brand’s confusingly revamped naming system, but that doesn’t stop it from being a very fun little luxury sports coupe—particularly in M235i form. By the end of 2015, however, the most potent version of the 2-Series should be on the road: the M2.

It’s been known since mid-2013 that an M2 was a solid bet for production. Early this year, more details on the possible direction BMW would take with the M2 were divulged, including hints at up to 300 pounds of weight savings as well as more power—perhaps even a slightly detuned version of the same S55 engine that powers the new M3 and M4.

At 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the S55 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder might be overkill for the M2—or at the least might step on the larger, more expensive toes of the M3 and M4—but even something in the upper-300-horsepower range would be welcome. The M235i’s 320-horsepower N55 engine never feels like it’s lacking despite the 3,555-pound curb weight it has to lug around, and we've also heard that a upgraded version of this engine may be fitted to the new M2.

Other upgrades include wider wheels and tires, factors hinted at by the camouflage over the fender flares on the car seen in the spy photographs. Reminiscent of the fender flares found on the track-ready (but sadly not U.S.-bound) M235i Racing, the M2’s look is aggressive and purposeful without being excessive.

Upgraded suspension, M Division traction and stability control calibration, and, likely, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential could all further enhance the M2’s performance over the capable but still restrained M235i.

Look for an auto show debut in late 2015 before the BMW M2 goes on sale as a 2016 model.

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