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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW M2 Coupe Caught on the Nurburgring

It’s been only two weeks since the brand-new BMW M2 Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on public streets for the first time , and the Germans have already taken the high-performance compact for a spin on the notorious Nurburgring track.

Although it wears different license plates, it appears that the vehicle spotted on the "Green Hell" is the same M2 we’ve seen earlier this month. The camouflage pattern is exactly the same, with no modifications whatsoever visible up front or around the back.

The wider fenders, the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors with blue calipers are evidence enough that we’re looking at an authentic M2, but we’re still expecting for a more aggressive front bumper, a larger rear diffuser and the quad exhaust pipes to show up. This will likely happen later in the car’s development, when the production-ready version will take on the street and track.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the M2 will arrive in dealerships with around 400 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful and fastest model of the 2 Series lineup. The oomph will come from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine and help push the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.

Why It Matters

We see plenty of upcoming vehicles being hooned on the Nurburgring each week, but very few of them are actually track-purposed vehicles, like most M-badged Bimmers are. Seeing the M2 take on those tricky Nordschleife turns makes us think the coupe is a worthy successor to the 1M Coupe not just in terms of design, but concerning track capabilities as well.

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BMW M2
BMW M2
BMW M2

2016 BMW M2 Coupe - rendering

BMW M2

BMW 1M

BMW 1-Series M Coupe
BMW 1-Series M Coupe
BMW 1-Series M Coupe

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