BMW M has just released a teaser image on its Facebook page, announcing that a new model will be unveiled on July 30th, 2014. The company’s performance arm didn’t offer any additional details and the photo shows a blurry red coupe in the background, but it appears we might be looking at the upcoming BMW M2 . Judging by the headlamps and the coupe body style, we’re obviously gazing at a 2 Series , while the front bumper and the lowered ride height suggest we’re dealing with a high-performance version of the small M. Since the M235i has already been introduced, we’re tempted to believe the M2 is about to lose its virtual veil.
However, a previous report said the M2 won’t go into production until late 2015, which means it’s way too early for the coupe to show its face in public. On the other hand, the M2 has been spotted testing numerous time the past two months on both public streets and the Nurburgring track . So what’s BMW up to this time?
Click past the jump to see what this mysterious model could be.
Why it matters
Whether the Germans are indeed unveiling the brand-new M2 or a special-edition M235i, one thing’s certain: tomorrow we’ll be looking at a new high-performance iteration of the current 2 Series. Seeing the new M2 is not that far-fetched actually, as the bumper shown in the teaser looks awfully similar to the one seen in our previous spy shots . Either way, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed to find out more about this mysterious coupe.
Based on our spy shots, we know that the BMW M2 will arrive with wider front and rear fenders, M-style wheels wrapped in performance tires and cross-drilled brake rotors with large calipers. A more aggressive front fender, rear diffuser and quad-exhaust tips will further set it apart from the regular 2 Series and the mid-range M235i.
Power will come from a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at around 400 twin-turbocharged horses, making it the most powerful and fastest model in the 2 Series lineup. Expect the coupe to sprint from naught to 60 mph in a little over four seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.