The 2016 BMW M2 – The Rumors Begin

A few weeks ago we told you why we believe BMW M will indeed build an M2. Despite their best efforts to infer they have no plans to build an M2, we all know that BMW M is run by car guys. And car guys tend to want to put big engines with lots of power in small cars. It’s what BMW M was built on. And there is no better small car in BMW’s range than the new 2 Series for just that.

M235i Race Car 03

Here’s where the new rumors come in. Auto Express (not exactly the NYT of auto journalism mind you) spoke to an BMW insider recently and they let slip:

…a new M2 Coupé ‘makes a lot of sense’.

A source confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) was considered for production. However, the plans were then scrapped when it was decided that it would “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.” Our source added that this refers to a new M car.

What should we expect? Auto Express throws out 380 hp but we wouldn’t expect numbers quite that high. Instead we’d look for something in the CLA45 range which is around 350-360hp along with copious amounts of torque. Weight will be an issue M will want to solve given that the M235i tips the scales at 3,500 lbs. But they did it with the 1M in a very short time so we’d expect the same attention to detail.


In fact we’d expect a lot of details that M didn’t have a chance to get to with the 1M.

When should we expect it? While the car has likely not been approved by the board yet, we’d expect that things will be easier than last time. Remember it took BMW M boss Kay Segler three times in front of the board to finally get the 1M pushed through. With that said we wouldn’t expect anything before 2016. That would give the car a four to five year life-cycle as the F22 will likely wind down production around 2021.

We will have lots more on the M235i and a potential M2.

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  • RH

    …as long as it doesn’t look as hideous as the 1M…

  • JonPD

    Would be very interested in the car if they develop a real ///M motor for it and then bring the handling ethic of the 1M into it. The DSM Car Design at the top of the article is very interesting and I would hope something simular if this product comes to production.

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      Expect a worked four cylinder that will be shared with another future car but boosted more.

      M has listened to us enthusiasts and sees weight as the enemy rather than just more HP. The M3/M4 are ushering in a new period in M- the use of CF and lightweight materials to functionally reduce the weight. They have been developing CF based suspensions and was being tested in the M3/M4 but it was not green lit for production yet… there are lots of things on the horizon and if you look at the road map of M for the next 10 year it is a good thing (more on that later)

      There is a gap that in the current M product cycle that will feature the M2 (When the M5 exits).

      • Herr26

        The new philosophy is the upmost precision through lightweight technology. Finally someone has progressed the perception everyone has regarding horsepower.

        Achieving precision by application of lightweight technology starts with the new BMW M3 and BMW M4, but we will see the progression of this in models in the near future especially in the replacements for the BMW M5 and BMW M6 which are being evaluated for a similar marketing implementation like the new M3 and M4.

        Yes there is a lot of behind the scenes work at M in the application of Carbon Fibre in multiple areas. The M3 and M4 is the introduction of an extensive approach to a lightweight future at BMW M.

        The M2 is around two years from the market introduction of the BMW M3 and M4. But is in a unique position. There will be a gap for such a car , a market for such a car and BMW will be at full volume on CFRP as the new 7er would be in series production.

  • Que

    if i were M, and we all wish we were part of it, would recommend taking the goodies from F80/F82 parts bin: motor, maybe just offer 6spd manual, as it is light, carbon: roof, brace, & driveshaft, and maybe even trunk lid if necessary, eLSD, manual seats and you will have an awesome package. If a 4dr is offered or a GC version 5 doors, DONE!