BMW is commemorating 50 years of its M division with a swarm of new high-performance models, and the new-generation M2 coupe seems to be part of the celebrations.

    The German automaker still hasn’t set a reveal date for the two-door coupe, but bmw_m_collector on their Instagram overnight shared a photo showing the rear of the new M2 without any camouflage at all.

    The photo seems to have been taken through a hole in the tarp surrounding the car. It looks like BMW is either storing this vehicle or getting it ready for a photoshoot as there is a light bar on a tripod.

    We’ve previously seen countless M2 camouflaged prototypes spied during tests and most recently a 36-second teaser video signifying the high-performance coupe is on its way.

    The exterior paint colour of this M2 coupe is something we’ve never seen before. It’s a light blue colour that seemingly mixes together blue and silver metallic paints.

    The blocky, almost muscle car-esque silhouette from the spy prototypes remains but we now get a clear look at the slim boot lip spoiler, vertical rear air vents, large rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.

    There are also large black wheels that we’ve previously seen before on spied prototypes.

    In standard guise, the M2 will reportedly have more power than the outgoing M2 Competition, which produces 302kW and 550Nm from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine.

    The regular M2, last seen here in 2018, put out 272kW and 465Nm.

    The new M2 Competition, is rumoured to see its outputs increased to 335kW or even 365kW, with a six-speed manual also expected to continue.

    This level of power in the new Competition puts the larger M3 and M4 in the M2’s crosshairs. They both put out 353kW and 550Nm in base, manual guise, with Competition models pumping out 375kW.

    Thanks to spy photos, we already know the M2 will come with the BMW Curved Display.

    The screen set-up appeared to be similar to the one in the i4 and iX, which uses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen mounted in the same housing.

    The twin screens in these models run the latest BMW iDrive OS 8.0 infotainment software, with satellite navigation as standard.

    In contrast, the regular 2 Series currently features a separated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen running OS 7.0 locally, though BMW has confirmed it’ll adopt the Curved Display in Europe from July.

    BMW M has already revealed a number of new vehicles as part of its 50-year anniversary celebrations.

    So far, it has revealed the lightweight and more powerful BMW M4 CSL, M3 and M4 50 Jahre special editions, and the all-electric iX M60.

    BMW has already confirmed its plans to reveal the M3 Touring at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, and has plans to reveal a production version of the Concept XM plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV at the end of 2022.

    Other new BMW M vehicles expected to be revealed this year include the M3 CS sedan, and a manual transmission-equipped M4 GT/H.

    BMW Blog also reports the division is working on an ultra-exclusive M4 inspired by the 2015 CSL Hommage concept.

    MORE: Everything BMW M2

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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