Details of the long-rumored BMW M2 are coming into focus as we near the debut of this smallest M car. As reported by BMW Blog, German magazine Autobild says that the M2 will make 369 hp from its turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine shared with the M235i.
This 3.0-liter turbocharged mill makes 320 hp in the M235i, and it’s unclear at this point exactly how BMW will extract the 49 extra hp and 54 extra lb-ft of torque that will give the M2 totals of 369 hp and 384 lb-ft. We predict that the BMW M2, which is reportedly set to debut sometime next year, will route this power through both manual and either automatic or dual-clutch transmissions, and likely will come only with rear-wheel drive, despite the fact that xDrive all-wheel drive is offered on the standard 228i and M235i.
This extra power should give the BMW M2 a nice performance boost over the M235i, as Autobild says the M2 will reach 62 mph in a scant 4.3 seconds. This still puts a gap between the M2 and the 425-hp M3 and M4, though, as those larger M cars make the same dash in under 4 seconds when equipped with the optional dual-clutch transmission.
As far as cost, this report says to expect an approximately $10,000 premium for the M2 over the M235i, at least in its home market. The 2015 BMW M235i’s base price in the U.S. is $44,050 with destination, so expect the M2 to come in below $60,000. This would put a decent amount of space cost-wise between the M2 and the $62,950 M3 Sedan and the $65,150 M4 Coupe.