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2022 BMW M2 spied looking meaner than ever

BMW’s new M2 has shed more camouflage revealing its super wide body and stance

The next generation BMW M2 is just around the corner, and as these new spy images of a near production-ready validation prototype clearly show we’ve got a lot to look forward to. BMW’s smallest coupe model has had its ups and downs, but in its final CS form matured into one of the most exciting and visceral expressions of a modern BMW M model ever. With BMW in serious form, and a blank slate for its development, the next generation model could just be the most exciting new car of 2022. 

The M2’s fundamentals will be common to the new 2-series on which it’s based, with a short, squat body and a tall glasshouse. Where this car differs, however, is in its wider arches, quad exhaust outlets and what looks to be a domed bonnet. Even the M-specific twin-prong wing mirrors are visible.

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As with the 2-series coupe, the M2 sits on a shortened version of the CLAR platform common amongst BMW’s rear-driven range, and will almost certainly borrow the S58 straight-six from the new M3 and M4, albeit in a detuned form. 

An eight-speed automatic transmission is also an almost certain inclusion, but the option of a six-speed manual is also likely, if not certain in the UK in the same way as the new M3 and M4. Though the new range-topping M240i comes with xDrive, the inclusion of all-wheel drive is less likely.

Those worried that the M3/4 will also donate their controversial grilles can rest easy, as the next 2-series has gone down its own aesthetic path inspired by models such as the 2002 Hommage concept. This is backed up by key details on the M2 prototype, too, with its radar sensor situated centrally in a large lower opening and wide mesh sections in the cladding suggesting the kidneys will be wider than they are tall. 

The package will otherwise be similar to the current M2, which is no bad thing. The standard 2-series is already out in the open, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the next M2. How much longer remains to be seen.

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