A quartet of BMW M2 renderings

BMW M2 rendering

Now that we’ve had official pics of the BMW M235i for a couple of weeks it’s high time we started seeing renderings for the M2. And so we bring you four amateur interpretations of what the M2 could look like.

BMW hasn’t officially confirmed they will be making an M2 coupe—of course they will. For starters they’ve already trademarked the name and Dr Friedrich Nitschke, boss of M GmbH, has spoken openly about an M2 in the past: “I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.”

So will the M2 be powered by a detuned M4 six-cylinder turbo, or perhaps feature an A45 AMG-killing four-cylinder heart?

[Source: Bimmerpost]


BMW 2 Series Coupe revealed

BMW M235i

Finally the BMW 2 Series is here. We’re not going to pretend it’s the prettiest coupé we’ve ever seen, but with the revised styling on the front-end alone, it’s a great leap forward in aesthetics from the 1 Series hatch on which it is based.

If you’re itching to get yourself into a 2 Series you’ll have to cool your heels until its market launch in March 2014. The public debut of the F22 coupé will take place in Detroit next January and its Australian sales launch is scheduled for the middle of next year.

BMW has published details on five models, which we’ve listed below:

BMW M235i
Power/torque: 240kW @ 5800–6000rpm / 450Nm @ 1300–4500rpm
Engine: 2979cc six cylinder turbo
Weight (unladen): 1455kg (manual), 1470kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 5.0s (manual), 4.8s (auto); 0–1000m: 23.8s (manual), 23.7s (auto)

BMW 220i
Power/torque: 135kW @ 5000–6250rpm / 270Nm @ 1250–4500rpm
Engine: 1997cc four cylinder turbo
Weight (unladen): 1350kg (manual), 1365kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 7.0s (manual), 7.0s (auto); 0–1000m: 27.3s (manual), 27.7s (auto)

BMW 220d
Power/torque: 135kW @ 4000rpm / 380Nm @ 1750–2750rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
Weight (unladen): 1375kg (manual), 1390kg (auto)
0–100km/h: 7.2s (manual), 7.1s (auto); 0–1000m: 27.5s (manual), 27.4s (auto)

BMW 225d*
Power/torque: 160kW @ 4400rpm / 450Nm @ 1500–2500rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
0–100km/h: 6.3s (auto)
*Provisional figures

BMW 218d*
Power/torque: 105kW @ 4000rpm / 320Nm @ 1750–2750rpm
Engine: 1995cc four cylinder diesel
0–100km/h: 8.9s (auto)
*Provisional figures

Like us you’re probably most interested in the M235i. Until the M2 arrives, it is the closest thing we’ve got to a replacement for the much loved 1 Series M Coupe after all. So you’ll be pleased to know, among its kit bag of M Performance Automobile tricks, it gets a proper slippery diff. BMW says, “the mechanical rear axle differential system optimises traction in suitably dynamic driving situations.”

You can read more about the M235i and the full 2 Series range after the break.


BMW M2 being designed for M3 hardware

BMW M2 rendering

Word on the street tells us the new BMW 2 Series, in particular the cooking M2, is being designed so that all the good bits from the next M3 can be used. That’s mainly referring to the F30/F32 suspension, but expect there to be more goodness where that came from.

The 2 Series will be the replacement for the current 1 Series coupé and convertible. The M2 is expected to again source its power from a 3.0 litre straight six cylinder engine. While the current twin-turbo set up could be developed further, there’s speculation BMW is considering a triple-turbo.

Dr Friedrich Nitschke is the new managing director for M GmbH and in an earlier interview with Auto Express he said, “In the 1M Coupe, we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.”

[Source: BimmerPost | Pic: BimmerPost]


BMW to introduce 2 and 4 Series nomenclature

BMW 3 Series

We’ve already brought you up to speed on the likely plans BMW has to call the next 1 Series coupé/convertible the 2 Series; including new M2 badging. Now it seems the 3 Series two-doors are in for the same plus one treatment with word filtering around the internets they will be called the 4 Series.

It’s a move that loosely follows their German rivals, in particular Audi, who have introduced the A5 Coupé and Sportback to complement its volume selling A4 range.

BMW’s marketing gurus will love it, as they will be able to position the new 2 and 4 Series models slightly above their more mundane four-door siblings and, of course, that means they can charge more too.

The new naming regime should begin in 2013 with the 2 Series (replacing the 1 Series coupé) closely followed by the 4 Series (replacing the 3 Series coupé).


BMW “M2” speculation increases following trademark application

BMW 1M Coupe

1additcs brings word building the case which suggests the next-gen 1 Series Coupé and Convertible will be badged as a 2 Series. In both Germany and the US, BMW has filed a trademark application for the “M2” wordmark.

That doesn’t confirm plans for such a model will exist, of course, but it does at least tell us that BMW is thinking about it. Oddly, though, you’d expect BMW to have already filed away any number of M-related wordmarks, if only to protect their hard-earned brand awareness.

[Source: 1addicts]