comes in with some exciting confirmation from BMW M GmbH's new managing director Dr. Friedrich Nitschke - the M2 is in the works. But that's not all... a 'revolutionary' new M3 is in development and discussions are underway about a possible Lamborghini Aventador rival supercar, if the report is to be believed.
The M2 will be based off BMW's F22 platform (Autoexpress uses 'F21') and will be based on the upcoming 2-series (BMW has plans to rebadge its small coupe model
as 2-series beginning the next generation) due in early 2014. Its looks will purportedly be instantly recognizable from the standard model with unique front and rear end styling (though not as radical as Autoexpress' renders). The M2 coupe would be expected sometime in 2014/2015.
Two engines are rumored to be in the running as the powerplant
- a 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo with about 350bhp, similar to the 1M coupe's motor; and a tri-turbo 6-cylinder motor with similar performance but better MPG. It would have DCT transmission and brakes from current M3. Extensive use of CFRP would help keep the M2's weight down.
Nitschke told Autoexpress: “In the 1M Coupe, we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.
Some very speculative renders from Autoexpress are below. We doubt these are based on very many confirmed styling details. While it looks great, it's simply a rendered combination of different BMW concept and production car bits.