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2022 BMW M2 spied testing on the Nürburgring

We've finally seen the all-new 2-series in full, but here's our best look yet at the range-topping M2

BMW's next M2 has been spied testing on the Nürburgring following shortly behind the reveal of the all-new 2-series coupe that will form its base. Though these are the clearest images yet, the test mule pictured sports little to no changes over the car spotted earlier this year.

The M2 prototype’s fundamentals are common to other 2-series development cars we saw testing before its unveiling, 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.

> All-new BMW 2-series revealed – M240i tops range, M2 still to come

The new 2-series coupe sits on a shortened version of the CLAR platform common amongst BMW’s rear-driven range, but less certain is what will sit under the bonnet in this M2 variant. One possibility, and indeed the most likely, would be the application of BMW’s S58 straight-six from the new M3 and M4 in a detuned form. With European emissions regulations as they are, the S55 unit from the current M2 would have to undergo rigorous development in order to pass new regulations coming into effect from 2024.

There’s another question over the prospective transmission, as BMW has ditched the seven-speed dual-clutch option in the new M3 and M4, which could suggest an application of a eight-speed torque converter automatic from ZF. The option of a six-speed manual is also likely, but not certain, especially if BMW UK decides to mimic the M3 and M4 ranges by only offering the auto locally. 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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