A BIMMERPOST members shares his first hand account from watching the BMW M2 prototype undergo testing at Laguna Seca.
More footage of the BMW M2 continuing its testing on the Nurburgring.
Our latest sighting of the BMW M2 (F87) prototype testing on the Nurburgring.
If you haven’t been following our M2 info (@ http://www.bimmerpost.com/m2), here’s a quick rundown of the info we know (not yet confirmed by BMW):
N55 engine producing 370 PS (DIN) (= 365 hp) and 465Nm torque (= 343 lb-ft), featuring “over boost” of +35Nm (25 lb-ft), in low to mid range RPM
Prototypes have been tested with both manual and DCT transmissions
Here’s our latest shots of the M2 prototype from its testing session today at the Nurburgring. It’s looking more and more buttoned up and production ready as we approach its reveal later this year and its start of production in November.
Not satisfied with simply staring at vertigo inducing camouflage on the BMW M2 prototypes, some BIMMERPOST members have undertaken a more in depth visual analysis of the M2 prototype photos.
They believe that the results show a lot more cues from the BMW Vision Concept GT6 than the camouflage would lead us to believe!
We’ve updated with more M2 photos, this time of an advanced prototype body testing in Sweden. The black M2 prototype wears the same body as the red M2 spied back in September, which shows the production bound M styled front bumpers, rear diffuser, fender flares, and quad exhaust. There may be other bodywork yet to come, but you should expect to see kidney grilles with double slats and M2 badge on the production car.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 18″ Style 513M wheels from the M3/M4. Earlier prototypes were testing with the M3/M4 19″ Style 437M wheels.
As before, we see the aggressively flared fenders and wider track, M brakes (which will be painted blue on the production M2), drilled rotors and M limited slip differential.
Although its front and rear bumpers are now taped up, … CONTINUED
We have posted the first ever video of the 2016 BMW M2 (E87) prototype in testing – caught today on the Nurburgring.
The first BMW M2 (E87) prototype has been spotted beginning testing on the Nurburgring track! A video will be posted soon.
We’re excited to show you photos of the first BMW M2 (F87) prototype spotted!
How do we know this is the M2?
• We’ve recently confirmed that the M2 is coming at the end of 2015 – early 2016 so the timing of this prototype makes sense.
• Flared fenders and wider track.
• M3/M4 (19″ Style 437M) wheels fitted for testing purposes.
• Same blue steel brakes as M3/M4, with positioning the same as the M3/M4 (different than the M235i and M235i Racing).
• Drilled rotors like M3/M4 (M235i … CONTINUED
We bring you the best look yet at the 2014 2 Series Coupe (F22), this time in red. We previously posted photos of the M235i coupe and other 2 Series coupes, but this is the first clear look we’ve had of the F22 from all angles.
These photos provide an excellent look at the headlight shape, which are much sportier and sleeker than the much maligned headlights of F20/F21 1 Series hatchback (with which the 2 Series lineup shares a platform). The photos do not yet … CONTINUED