New BMW M2 design leaked: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
July 12, 2021

A new super-quick BMW M2 sports car will arrive in 2022 and its front-bumper design looks to have been leaked in new images uploaded to instagram. Read on for more details.

  • New BMW M2 Coupe design apparently leaked
  • 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. This new alternative to the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and upcoming Audi RS3 should go on sale in 2022. It’ll be a while yet before the car is officially revealed but the design of its front bumper appears to have been leaked in new images uploaded to instagram by user @magnus.concepts.

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It was expected that the new BMW M2 would take the recently revealed BMW M240i’s design and amp it up to 11, but new images suggest it’ll look very different. Instagram user @magnus.concepts uploaded the images (above) that seem to show the new BMW M2’s bumper, complete with new square intakes, horizontal grille slats and the all-important M2 badge.

The new M2 will be based on the all-new BMW M240i, shown here…

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. The new car will be based on the recently revealed BMA M240i (shown above) but that car’s divisive design will receive plenty of tweaks for the upcoming M version.

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 M240i, M340i and BMW Z4 M40i.

Exact power outputs won’t be confirmed until closer to launch, though it’s certain the new M2 will have more power than the 374hp BMW M240i. It’s possible the new M2 will come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but also be offered with the same xDrive four-wheel-drive system as the new M240i.

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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. If rear- and four-wheel-drive versions go on sale, you can expect the 4WD models to come with an automatic gearbox as standard.

New BMW M2 interior

The new M2 will take the M240i’s interior (above) and add plenty of sportier touches

The new BMW M2’s interior should have a similar layout to the all-new 2 Series Coupe (shown above in M240i form.) 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 and go on sale shortly after.

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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