2016 BMW M2 Starts Production in November, Next-Gen 7 Series in July

Leaked document details BMW updates.

Get ready for a new performance machine from M GmbH. According to a leaked BMW planning document, the long-rumored 2016 BMW M2 coupe starts production in Leipzig, Germany, this November. Although there are no other details so far on the new M2, which will use the internal model code F87, we can expect to see it debut publicly sometime before production starts.

According to previous reports, the 2016 BMW M2 will pack a version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine used in the regular BMW M235i, but upgraded to produce about 369 hp compared to 320 hp in the M235i. As the BMW M2 is a true M car, it will also receive stronger brakes and sharper suspension than the regular M235i. Our spy photos show that the 2016 BMW M2 will wear painted brake calipers, enlarged wheels, and a new front fascia with larger air intakes.

So far, BMW hasn't publicly confirmed the arrival of the M2. At the 2015 Detroit auto show, BMW M GmbH chairman Franciscus van Meel told us only that the M2, "Surely would be one that would fit the M logo and M philosophy. If we will see such a car, that's yet to be seen."

Next-Gen 7 Series
The leaked document also reveals that the next-generation BMW 7 Series, codenamed G12, starts production in July. Spy photos of the next BMW 7 Series reveal it will have a slimmer, smoother look. Beneath the surface, expect the 7 Series to switch to a new BMW 35up platform that will be lighter than the current car's chassis. Given this start-of-production date, expect to see the new BMW 7 Series at a major auto show in the next few months. The BMW 740Li is the first model to enter production, while the 750Li isn't scheduled to be built until November.

Two BMW plug-in hybrids are also on the agenda. According to this leaked document, the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid enters production in June, while the 328e sedan starts production in November. BMW has publicly committed to selling a plug-in version of every car it makes.

The leaked document also shows that several 2016 BMW models will change names. The X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i become the s/xDrive25i, and the BMW 335i and 335i xDrive sedans become the BMW 340i and 340xi.

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