We learned in early November that the new G87 BMW M2 is coming this year, with confirmation from Munich. Since then, we’ve seen an official teaser of the Spitshot and the car, and now a new video from BMW M tells us that the compact high-performance coupe is actually in the corner.
The 35-second film shows us lots of bright lights and interesting people, but you won’t find the original car – take a closer look and you’ll find the Fed78 M2 and, strangely, a Tesla Model S instead. But hey we don’t have to wait long to know what the real car will look like, do we?
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the BMW M this year (as was the case with the M4 CSL), the new M2 is expected to be the last rate for non-hybrid M-cars with a rear-wheel-drive, a manual gearbox option. It should closely follow the template set by the current model – in particular, successful competition – powered by an updated (and detonated) S58 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged Straight-Six from the latest M3 and M4.
The power figure is reported to be in the 456 PS region, with tapping up to 497 PS for more hardcore models like Competition and CS. All of these should be sent exclusively to the rear wheels via an active locking differential and via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, as before.
Extra performance will almost certainly be associated with a more muscular body with flared wheel arches, larger, more angular air intake (no full-height grills from the M3 and M4, fortunately) and BMW M’s trademark side gills and quad tailpipes.
The interior features the latest M steering wheel with M1 and M2 buttons, along with a curved display with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a huge 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. This widescreen display panel will already be installed in the Standard 2 series this summer. The M2 will be built regularly at the same Mexican plant (in San Luis Potosi) 2er From the fourth quarter of the year.
Gallery: G87 BMW M2 spyshots