BMW M2 – the final car

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The latest spy photos of the BMW M2 on the famous racetrack Nurburgring show that the car is in the final stage of development. The BMW M2 is the real competitor for the CLA 45 AMG.

The car has been spotted out testing since last summer, when it was doing laps on the famous German race track, but this time things have changed. Gone are the wider fenders that seemed to be bolted on and gone are the improvisations seen the first time. In fact, this is a production model, with wider hips and seriously wide wheels to match. Under those wheels, massive cross-drilled rotors hide, while the boot lid gained a small lip for more downforce on the rear axle.

Up front, the bumper shows that there’s a new design for the side air intakes in the works, while round the back the quad tailpipes hint to an upgraded version of the N55 units used in all cars sold by BMW these days with the ‘35i’ alphanumeric badge on the boot. However, in this application, it will be making close to 370 hp and around 500 Nm of torque.

According to our source inside BMW, the BMW M2 will be available with both a manual and an automatic gearbox, most likely a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic. For the rear axle, a limited-slip differential is included.

Therefore, the specs should make the BMW M2 a bit faster than the M235i Coupe, that is currently on sale. Since that car can do 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds (with xDrive), the M2 should drop under 4.5 seconds, most likely at the 4.4-second benchmark.

We expect the series car to be presented this autumn at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the sales to start in November.

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