Although camouflaged from head to toe, it’s easy to tell that the long hood and short deck are two of the most important traits of a beautiful sports car. Generous Hofmeister kinks are also featured, something that the 4 Series has lost for the 2021 model year. However, the kidney-style grille has grown as well.
Don’t expect a similar abomination to the kidneys of the 4 Series but a more restrained design, akin to the Gran Coupe. At the rear, two taillights that extend into the trunk lid are clearly visible along with a single exhaust pipe.
This, therefore, isn’t the M Performance model known as the M240i nor the M2. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen are the most likely culprits hiding under the camouflage, but not long now, the Bavarian automaker will also roll six-pot motors.
The junior M lineup will be spearheaded by the S58 straight-six blunderbuss of the M3 and M4, but downtuned for obvious reasons. The successor to the S55 engine should crank out 420 horsepower or thereabouts as standard, representing a small increase over the Competition version of the outgoing generation.
Although nothing is official yet, BMW is certain to position the M2 in such a way that it’ll compete directly with the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic+. The hottest of hot hatchbacks is an expensive little thing, but rear-wheel drive at the same or close to the three-pointed star’s price point is a tantalizing proposition.