New BMW M2 revealed in exclusive render: price, specs and release date

James Allen
May 04, 2021

An ultra-rapid BMW M2 Coupe is due to arrive in 2022 – and this exclusive render shows how the high-performance sports car could look. Read on for more details.

  • New BMW M2 Coupe rendered
  • More aggressive styling than standard 2 Series
  • 400hp power output likely
  • 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds
  • Expected to be rear-wheel drive only
  • Manual and automatic gearboxes anticipated
  • Should go on sale in 2022
  • £50,000 starting price likely

A successor to the fast and fun-to-drive BMW M2 Coupe is on the way, and should be here by 2022. It’ll be a while yet before the car is officially revealed, though this exclusive render shows what the new car could look like when the covers eventually come off this all-new Audi TT RS and Mercedes-AMG A45 S alternative.

New BMW M2 design

This exclusive render shows what the new BMW M2 could look like

The current BMW M2 is already a very mean-looking machine, so it’s no surprise that car’s successor is set to be just as aggressively styled. As the exclusive render (above) shows, the new M2 will get an imposing front end with a bulging bonnet, M-specific grille and some new mirror caps with signature aerodynamic fins.

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The new M2 is expected to receive similar headlights to the standard M2 Coupe, although the M-tuned performance coupe’s wider wheel arches, lowered suspension and extended side skirts will help make it look significantly sportier.

Spy photos of the new car show the upcoming BMW M2 will look appropriately sporty from the back, too. Additions over the regular BMW 2 Series are set to include a subtle lip spoiler on the boot lid, and a set of quad exhaust pipes poking out below the rear bumper.

New BMW M2 engine and performance

Whereas the regular BMW 2 Series is set to get a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol engines, the M2 will be available with something a bit brawnier. More specifically, it’ll likely use a version of the 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine fitted to the BMW M340i and BMW Z4 M40i.

Exact power outputs won’t be confirmed until closer to launch, though it’s likely the new M2 Coupe will have somewhere around 400hp – that’s around 30hp more than the old one. That should be enough for the new M2 Coupe to accelerate from 0-60mph in under 4.5 seconds, and easily reach an electronically limited 155mhp top speed.

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Like the old M2, this new model is set to be available with rear-wheel drive. If the previous version is anything to go by, a six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard on the new BMW M2 Coupe, though you’ll likely be able to spec an automatic gearbox, too.

New BMW M2 interior

The new M2 should borrow features from the M135i’s cabin, shown here

The new BMW M2’s interior should have a similar layout to the current 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe. That means the car should get a fully digital instrument display, and a mix of physical buttons and touchscreen controls on the centre console.

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Being an M-car, the new M2 Coupe will get plenty of sporty features that you won’t find on the regular BMW 2 Series Coupe. Expect a chunky steering wheel, more heavily bolstered sports front seats and BMW M-specific graphics on the digital display design.

New BMW M2 price and release date

There’s no official word yet from BMW on when you’ll get to see the new M2 Coupe, though it’ll likely be unveiled in 2022. Depending on how early in the year it’s showcased, there’s a slim chance the M2 could go on sale before 2023, too.

Prices are also being kept under wraps for now, but don’t be surprised if the new M2 ends up being a little dearer than the current car. Standard M2 Coupes could set you back more than £50,000 (that’s around £5,000 more than today’s M2) while high-performance Competition and CS variants will be pricier still.

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