Guys, I think you missed a line in the article..
"not as radical as Autoexpress' renders"
These renders aren't BMW renders by my understanding..
2nd, there's no way an M2 would compete with a R8... This would be an intro M vehicle, like the 1M.. For there to be an R8 competitor, BMW would need to reintroduce a vehicle such as a Z8. Now maybe I'm wrong, but isn't the BMW from mission impossible the R8 competitor? That is, if they make a non-hybrid/electric version.
This looks like the main competitor would be Audi's Quattro.
Oh and anyone read the blurb about a tri-turbo? Anyone else think that's a load of hot smoke?