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BMW M2 goes cold climate testing

01/21/2015 at 10:00 AM
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We’ve spotted the BMW M2 (F87) prototype testing in Northern Sweden! Why has the M2 prototype seemingly gone backwards in development compared to the prototypes we’ve shown you with more final M2 styled parts? Well, most of the differences we can see with our eyes are merely cosmetic in nature – front bumper styling, fender styling, wheels. BMW is still able to test mechanical components (engine, suspension, differential, etc.) without the cosmetic bits that we’ve seen on the more ‘advanced’ looking prototype (see red … CONTINUED

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The BMW M2 has now officially appeared in BMW dealer computers and the info shows that the M2 coupe will begin production earlier than we previously reported.

Earlier info showed that production for the M2 would begin in November 2015 for the EU/UK and in March 2016 for the US market. But this internal build sheet is now showing that production for the US market will also begin in November this year!

Our most recent info indicates that the M2 will be powered by a new … CONTINUED

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Seasons greetings from BIMMERPOST!

This is the BMW M2 we think Santa would replace Rudolph with!

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A digital guesstimation rendering of the upcoming BMW M2 front end styling, based on spy photos.

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Based on input from Scott26, we’ve given our BMW M2 some even more accurate touches – including more angular front styling and hips (fenders).

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Our M2 preview rendering gets some new colors and configurations/looks.

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The latest issue of Sport Auto was a smorgasbord for BMW enthusiasts. It contains this lengthy interview with outgiong BMW M boss Nitschke about the future of M, a M supercar, AWD, Hybrid and other topics.

Check out our translation inside.

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Presenting our M2 preview rendering. After seeing many renderings which were simply an M235i with M4 style front bumper, we took a shot at providing a more accurate preview based on our latest M2 spy photos.

We spent the most effort on digitally uncovering the parts which are clearly confirmed by the prototype – the unique lower bumper / air intake design featuring downward curving twin fins and the wide front and rear fenders.

As the most recently spotted M2 is not yet a late-stage prototype, … CONTINUED

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The upcoming X4 M40i has now been spotted without camouflage. While not a full blown M model, this X4 has been tweaked by BMW M just like the M135i, M235i, X5 M50d, and M550d “M Performance Automobiles.”

And like the other M Performance Automobiles, the X4 M40i will receive the full M Sport treatment (aero kit, wheels, brakes, interior) along with a sportier suspension and chassis.

But, the X4 M40i is particularly important because our upcoming models info shows that it will be powered by a … CONTINUED

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Autobild speculates on the BMW M2. They claim that the M2 will sport 374hp and 520Nm torque. 0-62mph/100kph in 4.3 seconds. Price would be ± 56.5K EUR for the base model (manual transmission).

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We’ve recently shown you spy photos of the BMW M2 front end styling under camouflage and the styling is said to be form-follows-function.

Here’s a look at how the prototype M2′s front end design compares to some recent M cars.

Video: BMW M2 Testing at the Ring

09/11/2014 at 8:15 AM
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Video of the latest BMW M2 prototype running at the Nurburgring.

The previously boxy flared front fenders have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes. As the fenders have been so widened compared to the standard 2 Series, the sideskirts do not yet fit properly.

There is no sign yet of a potential hood bulge (that’s a M235i hood), carbon fiber roof, special trunk/spoiler, nor mirrors, but those … CONTINUED

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Here’s word that a new blue color called “Long Beach Blue” will launch on the upcoming BMW M2, X5 M and X6 M. This color was first introduced on the BMW X4 Concept and has already been spotted as a color for the X5 M in BMW’s computer systems.

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We have added photos of the advanced prototype spotted testing on the Nurburgring.

F87 M2 prototypes have now been spotted with more advanced bodies. Gone is the M235i front fascia from the previous spotted prototypes. The front bumper is now fully camouflaged, indicating that what lies underneath is the production-intent bumper styling.

The previously boxy flared front fenders have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes. As the fenders have … CONTINUED

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F87 M2 prototypes have now been spotted with more advanced bodies. Gone is the M235i front fascia from the previous spotted prototypes. The front bumper is now fully camouflaged, potentially indicating that what lies underneath is the production-intent bumper styling.

The previously boxy flared front fenders may also have been ditched in favor of traditional flared and molded fenders as we no longer see a large body gap from the earlier prototypes.

There is no sign yet of a potential hood bulge (that’s a M235i hood), … CONTINUED

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Some more pics of the M2 out testing in the Wild…

The sensor on the roof is for vehicle speed. You see cars with this sensor when BMW is testing different tire sizes.

To reiterate the M2 info we’ve posted thus far.

The 2016 M2 (F87) is taking shape, now testing with the quad exhaust that’s become a hallmark of BMW M vehicles. This time the prototype is fitted with wheels from the M3/M4 prototype which did not make production. Earlier prototypes were testing with the M3/M4 … CONTINUED

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Tentative production dates for the 2016 BMW M2 are revealed. Production start dates will be November 2015 (EU/UK) and March 2016 (US) (source: BIMMERPOST future models map).

The M2 will be powered by the N55 turbo inline 6 engine (N55B30T0), which will also power the upcoming X4 M40i. Power output is speculated to be in the range of 370-380 PS (365-375 HP) and the M2 will be available in both manual and DCT.

Spy photos and videos preview what will be aggressively flared fenders, wider track, … CONTINUED