Only days after we reported that the BMW M2 was rumored for production, a piece of hard evidence in the matter emerged. Spy photographers were able to snap shots of the 2016 BMW M2 out testing, with some mild camouflage over the front and rear fenders, but many revealing details left on display.
When the 2016 BMW M2 is finalized, it will undoubtedly get an advanced M body kit with wider front and rear fenders, more aggressive aerodynamics for the front and rear fascias, and split quad exhaust pipes to match the BMW M3 and M4. This prototype also wears blue M-badged brake calipers, cross-drilled rotors, M3/M4-style performance wheels, and high-performing Michelin rubber.
The 2016 BMW M2 will likely receive the raciest M Performance brakes, and suspension that is optional for the M235i. Power output from the M2’s tuned N55 twin-scroll turbo I-6 is said to hover around 365-375 hp—up from the M235i’s 333 hp. It’ll be interesting to see how well the M2 measures up against the M3 and M4, which have 425 hp but carry around a bit more weight. The M3 and M4 can reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Based on the pattern set by its predecessor, the BMW 1-Series M coupe, the smaller M2 will likely exhibit both better agility and handling prowess than a standard M235i, as well as additional outright speed. Check back for more information on the M2 as it becomes available over the next year.