BMW M2 Spied Testing Next to 2015 M3

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One question that popped into our heads almost immediately after finding out that BMW will build an M2 was how it will stack up against the M3 and M4. That’s is the one question that really has us all worked up.
Apparently, we’re not the only ones, as the Motorsport engineers continue testing the upcoming M2 both on and off the track. In our latest batch of spyshots, the testers were caught testing the two side by side, for what we suppose is a direct comparison.

The expectations from this car are huge. We might even be tempted to say bigger than from the current M3. That’s because while the M3 continued to grow in size, a new niche was created for smaller, crazier cars right under it.

Whereas the original M3, the E30, was the one small bundle of joy you could get from BMW and have crazy fun with back in the day, now the same model (codenamed F80 today) is a big sedan that can carry 4 people around in safety while also doing crazy burnouts.

That’s how the idea of an M2 came to life, looking to bring back some of the feeling you used to get inside an E30. Could they make it today, with all the turbocharged engines and heavy technology to carry around? We’re not sure, but if anyone can do it, it’s the engineers from the Motorsport division.

Comparing the M2 to the M3 is only a logical step, come to think of it. Most people expect the new car to be even better than the sedan and we tend to agree. Due to its smaller size and (possible) smaller weight, the new M car could be an extremely enjoyable thing to drive.

Rumors have it that the engine used under its bonnet will be a 3-liter turbocharged unit making around 380 HP. Therefore, slightly less than the M3. Even so, if the chassis and suspension are set up to perfection, there’s no need to worry about a lack of power.

Furthermore, if we know BMW as we think we do, they’ll listen to the complaints early reviewers of the M3 had to say and they’ll be looking to solve them in the M2. Issues like the exhaust sound should be solved by the time we get to see this beauty on the roads, somewhere in 2016, probably.
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