BMW F87 M2 Spied Up Close on the Green Hell

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Word coming out of the Nurburgring is that the car you’re looking at here is capable of doing a lap in 7 minutes 46 seconds. That’s right, the M2 could be faster than the M3 and M4 and it could be mental! But before we get to discuss lap times, let’s recap what we already know about this car.
Officially, we don’t know anything about it. Unofficially, it’s supposed to be a return to basics, a comeback to the values of the Motorsport division and the true heir to the E30 M3 legacy that was started back in the 1980s.

Lighter construction joined by plenty of power

Since it’s rumored to come out somewhere in 2016, the M2 will probably use all the new tech infused in the M3 and M4, including CFRP parts (like the driveshaft, roof, boot), 6-speed gearbox, 7-speed DCT unit, brakes and every bit of technical progress the engineers can get their hands on. All in the attempt of making it even lighter than its bigger brothers.

Power should come from a 3-liter turbocharged, inline 6-cylinder unit that will also fall within the trend set by the M3 in the 90s. Making 380 HP and around 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, all of them sent to the rear wheels, this should be a really tail-happy car.

Looks to match

Even though what we’re seeing here might be a bit disappointing, the end product will definitely be different. The wider fenders you see all covered up here and the 2 exhaust pipes at the back are going to follow different roads. While the former will go into production, to make sure the car is stable enough, the latter will be replaced by a quad system, a la M3/M4.

Other changes will also include new front and rear bumpers as well as a more aggressive front fascia and lower stance. At the moment, it’s pretty obvious BMW is testing the engine and transmission. As soon as they’ll be satisfied we’ll get to see a more camouflaged car, with more of the exterior design taken from the Vision Gran Turismo concept.

The release will also coincide with BMW’s 100th anniversary, in 2016. In case the M8 supercar doesn’t come to life then, the Bavarians’ gift to the aficionados could very well be this car. Which one would you prefer?
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