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BMW M2 to succeed 1 M Coupe

BMW’s 1 Series Coupe and Convertible, including the M Coupe edition, will cease to exist in about two years. Don’t get teary though, its successor has been revealed in the form of the 2 Series, the pinnacle of which is the delightful-sounding BMW M2.

The 1 Series M Coupe (pictured) is set to be replaced by the M2.
The 1 Series M Coupe (pictured) is set to be replaced by the M2.

The sporty new 3-door saloon will come with the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six found in the forthcoming M235i, but with some major fettling to make it worthy of the M badge. Expect power to jump from 316bhp to around the 350bhp mark.

Combine that with what is expected to be a sportier, less cluttered interior, a mechanical limited slip differential – not the artificial thingy in the M235i – plus fixed-rate suspension rather than active dampers and you have a recipe for what should be a pretty aggressive car.

Early reports suggest the usual 6-speed manual will be offered alongside a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. Either way, a 0 to 62mph time of 4.6 seconds is certainly feasible and the top speed will be suitably frightening

Exterior highlights include an angry-looking body kit to scare off would-be boy racers, a chrome-surrounded side intake, new air intake on the front wing to help keep that beefy engine cool and a set of quad exhausts to let people behind know this car means business.

With the BMW M2 pegged to launch in 2015, according to Auto Express, it will be a while before we hear solid spec, pricing and availability details, but a look at previous M cars would suggest a price around £45,000 to £50,000

Expect an unveiling sometime in 2014.

Via: Auto Express


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