Say hello to the new BMW M2.

    Images of the compact coupe, which will sit below the M4 in the BMW performance line-up, have been published on Bimmerpost.

    The distinctive looks of the regular 2 Series have been bumped up to 11, with a boxy front bumper and aggressively creased rear. The car pictured is finished in a blue that looks suspiciously similar to Hyundai’s hero colour for the N Performance brand.

    BMW recently said the M2 “boasts a similar performance level to the BMW M2 CS”, and has the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine as the M3 and M4.

    It also confirmed the M2 will be available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic transmission. Drive will also be sent to the rear wheels only at launch – although reports have suggested all-wheel drive will be added at some point.

    It’s reported the standard M2 will have more power than the outgoing M2 Competition, which produces 302kW of power and 550Nm of torque. 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.

    The BMW M2 will have an adaptive M chassis, as well as a “powerful brake system” taken directly from the M3 and M4.

    Optional equipment confirmed by BMW includes a carbon roof and M carbon bucket seats. Thanks to previous images of a pre-production M2, we already know the two-door coupe 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 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.

    Although BMW confirmed it was adopting the Curved Display in Europe from July in the regular 2 Series coupe, it’s still only available locally with the separated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen running OS 7.0.

    BMW is currently commemorating 50 years of its M division with a swarm of new high-performance models, including the new M2.

    MORE: Everything BMW M2

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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