Report: BMW Working on Porsche Cayman-Fighting M2

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The latest word from Germany’s deepest laboratories is that BMW’s M Division is working on a new car called the M2. It will be a high-performance variant of the upcoming 2014 2 Series, and will reportedly compete with cars like the Porsche Cayman and Audi TT RS.

Auto Express reports that the BMW M2 was conceived after the success of the 1 Series M Coupe. Like the 1M and all models of the forthcoming 2 Series, the M2 will be rear-wheel drive. Engine possibilities potentially include a new, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six good for 350 hp, or the tri-turbo inline-six rumored for use in the X3 M that is said to produce up to 449 hp.

The M2 will use the M DCT dual-clutch transmission and -- like the 1 Series M -- nab the brakes (and possibly suspension) from the big-brother M3. AE says BMW will trim the car’s weight by making extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics.

Like its 1 Series inspiration, the M2 will come as a coupe and will wear aggressive new fascias and interior styling. It will reportedly go on sale in the U.K. by 2015.

AE also says that, after launching the next-generation M3, BMW’s M Division will introduce a supercar to rival the Lamborghini Aventador -- but we’ll believe that only when we see it.

Source: Auto Express

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