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    • M2 based on the F22 2-Series Coupe preview and rendering - Entry level M car with turbocharged 4-cylinder power coming?

      We know the F22 2-Series coupe is coming as evidenced by recent spyphotos. We know BMW is considering an entry level M car which would likely be based on the F22 or F20 platform. An M2 would be necessary to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi RS3 Sedan. Audi is already preparing to boost output of their 2.5 TFSI due to competition from Mercedes-Benz with their powerful 2.0 liter M133 turbo four-cylinder putting out 354 horses.

      So, this is a segment that is rapidly heating up and BMW likely would not want to be left out. An M2 would be the perfect vehicle as an answer to the competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz and the powerplant would likely be an M Division modified N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder which would make a very interesting response to the Mercedes and Audi motors.

      With a likely curb weight in the 31XX pound range and a 350+ horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder the M2 would be a very exciting vehicle. Especially considering Audi and Mercedes will be all wheel drive only meaning a rear wheel drive car in this segment from BMW may prove to be the most exciting car to drive out of the bunch. Additionally, as we all know BMW turbo motors respond well to mods.

      An M2 would be a great entry level M car and drivers car considering how heavy and expensive newer BMW M cars have become. BimmerBoost says bring it on, enjoy the rendering below.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: M2 render!!! started by KB View original post
      Comments 61 Comments
      1. WedgePerformance's Avatar
        WedgePerformance -
        Wow, that looks sick.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Looks very cool.
      1. zeel's Avatar
        zeel -
        Could definitely see myself in either the m2 or m4. Can't wait to see what happens these next few years.
      1. Brey335i's Avatar
        Brey335i -
        I'd buy that if it had 300+ hp
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        I'd be happy and impressed if BMW made something like that.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        What would happen to the 235i? Would it still have an n55?
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        RWD, 31xxlbs and 350hp from a stock turbo motor? Sign me up
      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Looks like a smaller e92 m3
      1. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        That is a decent render. However with this car having the normal gestation period it will be more muscular than this. With the push from Mercedes-Benz that used the E82 1M as a template for their own small AMG car, BMW will remind them of the leader in this soon to be hot segment. Look for the power to be around 360-hp, on paper. The M2 will be better than 1M, you read it here first!
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        when is this supposed to be released?
      1. DubSport's Avatar
        DubSport -
        I cant see how they would eek out 350HP from a 4cyl turbo, when their inline-6 twin turbo in the 1M gets 340HP. Yes it could be done but it would be un-BMW-like to give that much power to a production 4 cylinder. I could see them getting it to 3100 pounds though, that is a reasonable target weight. Either way I'm sure this will be one of the more fun M cars to drive if they get around to making it.
      1. gary88's Avatar
        gary88 -
        I like that a lot.
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        I love it, maybe I'll get this in a couple years when I'm sick of my m3
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        i like it. sign me up!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        What would happen to the 235i? Would it still have an n55?
        Of course.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DubSport Click here to enlarge
        Yes it could be done but it would be un-BMW-like to give that much power to a production 4 cylinder.
        Why? The S14 put out more power than many BMW 6's so it actually would be very BMW to give that much power to a production 4-cylinder.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DubSport Click here to enlarge
        I cant see how they would eek out 350HP from a 4cyl turbo, when their inline-6 twin turbo in the 1M gets 340HP. Yes it could be done but it would be un-BMW-like to give that much power to a production 4 cylinder. I could see them getting it to 3100 pounds though, that is a reasonable target weight. Either way I'm sure this will be one of the more fun M cars to drive if they get around to making it.
        Mercedes' new 2.0 turbo (going into the 45 AMG cars) is already known to make 354 horsepower, so BMW will need to be in that ballpark to be competitive. Should be interesting to say the least, I'm hoping the M2 will be my next car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        Mercedes' new 2.0 turbo (going into the 45 AMG cars) is already known to make 354 horsepower,
        And exceeds many of their 6-cylinders...
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Doesn't make much sense to have a much cheaper version, the 235i have a turbo I6 and the M car have an I4 does it? How many people would justify the extra$$$ for a smaller engine? Even though output would be somewhat higher, potential HP output would still go to the I6.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Of course.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        Doesn't make much sense to have a much cheaper version, the 235i have a turbo I6 and the M car have an I4 does it? How many people would justify the extra$$$ for a smaller engine? Even though output would be somewhat higher, potential HP output would still go to the I6.
        I don't understand why people always go to theoretical arguments here, the E30 M3 already exists. It sold incredibly well, crushing its competition from Mercedes, and no one really cared that it had less cylinders, in fact it was partly because of that short inline four that the E30 M3 was so nimble and so willing to change direction and that's exactly why I'm looking forward to the M2. I think it's funny that BMW made the X5 and X6 Ms and people cried that BMW was selling out by making cars that a lot of customers apparently wanted (they're selling really well, my local dealer still can't keep either of them on the lot because they sell every one they get immediately) and then when BMW finally makes a car just for the enthusiast, people complain about that. My only concern is the engine / exhaust noise, I love straight sixes and am not the biggest inline four fan but I'll wait and see how it turns out.

        As for potential horsepower, literally zero percent of the car-buying public actually modifies their cars and those that do typically stick to simple bolt-ons. Only a very few people care about making seriously big power out of any given platform and the manufacturer rarely worries about those people.