New BMW M2 spotted: price, specs and release date

January 13, 2022 by

The new BMW M2 has been spotted testing ahead of its official debut later this year. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New BMW M2 Coupe spotted
  • More aggressive styling than standard 2 Series
  • 400hp 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.

This new sports coupe has been spotted testing, and it appears the styling will be pretty similar to the exclusive render carwow shared last year (watch the video above to check it out.)

New BMW M2 design

The new BMW M2 appears to be sporting some pretty aggressive styling details. Even through the camouflage you can make out the flared wheel arches and huge front air intakes. The traditional M-car two-pronged wing mirrors also make an appearance.

An exclusive carwow render last year showed what the new M2 may look like, and the prototype seems to echo this design. The divisive kidney grilles of the current BMW M3 and M4 won’t be carried over to the M2.

The new M2 will be based on the recently revealed BMW M240i (shown below) 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 lowered suspension and extended side skirts will help make it look significantly sportier.

Changes to the rear of the car will be equally as racy, too. A carbon extension to the ducktail spoiler seems likely, along with a working diffuser — plus the signature M-car quad-exit exhausts.

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.

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.

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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