In the 1980s, BMW’s lineup of M cars consisted of only three models, the 3 Series, 5 Series, and 6 Series. Three decades later and the M family expanded to include six nameplates and a total of ten versions, including convertible body styles and special-edition models such as the M4 GTS. With the recently introduced M2, the M lineup grew yet again to include 11 models, but the expansion is far from complete.

While M versions of the 1 Series, X1, and X3 are also likely to follow sooner than later, the M2 Convertible is probably the next model to arrive in dealerships. Munich has yet to confirm such a car is in the pipeline, but given both the M4 and the M6 have received cabriolet body styles, a drop-top M2 makes a lot of sense.

Not only would it give BMW enthusiasts access to a proper competitor for the upcoming Audi TT RS Roadster, but it could also give the Porsche Boxster Spyder a reason to worry. With the M2 as quick as the Cayman GT4 in a straight line and capable of a sub-eight-minute lap around the Nürburgring, I’m sure the M2 Convertible will be nearly as impressive as the coupe.

There’s no word as to when the M2 Convertible will arrive, but I expect it to break cover in 2016 and hit dealerships for the 2017 model year.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 BMW M2 Convertible.

  • 2017 BMW M2 Convertible
  • Year:
    2017
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  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    55000
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Exterior

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Note: BMW M2 coupe pictured here.

Although the M2 Convertible is just speculation as of this writing, its design is far from being a mystery. As illustrated by our rendering here, the drop-top will be identical to the coupe from the waist down, meaning it will sport every single feature that makes the M2 Coupe a cool car save for the roof. Much like the M2 follows into the footsteps of the M4, the M2 Convertible should mirror the M4 Convertible, but stand out thanks to its shorter wheelbase and chunkier proportions.

The M2 Convertible should mirror the M4 Convertible, but stand out thanks to its shorter wheelbase and chunkier proportions

It remains to be seen whether the M2 will be as sexy without a roof, but it should look as aggressive as the coupe with those big front bumper intakes, racy rear diffuser, and big exhaust outlets.

Though it’s likely the Convertible will be offered in the same colors as the Coupe, meaning Long Beach Blue Metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, and Mineral Grey Metallic, we decided that our rendering should sport a flashier exterior with a chrome finish. Don’t expect to find this hue in BMW’s regular catalog, but I’m sure something similar can be ordered from BMW Individual for a few thousand bucks.

Interior

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Note: BMW M2 coupe pictured here.

The interior of the M2 Convertible will be identical to the Coupe, so just erase the B- and C-pillars. If having a soft-top above your head doesn’t bother you, then you will definitely enjoy all those sporty M features that make the M2 special. As a brief reminder, the beefed-up compact features M-badged sports seats with adjustable side bolsters, black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching, and loads of carbon-fiber on the dashboard and center console.

Also look for an M-specific instrument cluster with custom dials and needles, a 200-mph speedometer, 8,000-rpm tachometer, and a dozen M logos all over the place. Like the coupe, the drop-top should also get the GoPro and M Laptimer apps that will allow the driver to film their hot laps and analyze parameters such as speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, engine speed, steering angle, accelerator position, and fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

2016 - 2018 BMW M2
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Note: BMW M2 coupe pictured here.

Naturally, the M2 Convertible will use the Coupe’s 3.0-liter, inline-six rated at 365 turbocharged horses and 343 pound-feet of torque, which kicks in at only 1,400 rpm. The output represents a 45-horsepower and 13-pound-feet improvement over the M235i.

Expect the M2 Convertible to be a tad slower than the Coupe on the Nurburgring

The same six-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions should be available alongside the standard Active M Differential. Also fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, a wider track, and a lightweight M Sport suspension, the M2 Convertible should hit 60 mph in around 4.3 seconds with the automatic and about 4.5 ticks with the manual, making it a tenth-second slower than the Coupe due to the added weight and slightly altered aerodynamics.

Expect the M2 Convertible to be a tad slower than the Coupe on the Nürburgring as well. While the latter claims to lap the "Green Hell" in 7:58 minutes, the drop-top should take more than eight minutes for the same benchmark, which would be pretty impressive for a cabriolet.

Prices

BMW has yet to release pricing for the M2 Coupe, but word has it the Germans will ask about $51,000 for it before options. Given the M235i Convertible carries a ten percent premium over the M23i Coupe, I expect the M2 Convertible to retail from around $56,000.

Competition

Audi TT RS Roadster

2017 Audi TT-RS Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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With the TT RS still under wraps, the Roadster version is still a mystery, but the third-generation TT provides several hints as to how the beefed-up compact will look like. Expect it to feature the same sharp front grille and redesigned headlamps, but complemented by a honeycomb mesh grille, larger air intakes in the front apron, and a sporty diffuser-like piece around back. Motivation should come from an upgraded version of the legendary 2.5-liter turbo-five likely to crank out around 375 horses. Charging to 60 mph should take only four seconds – significantly less than in the M2 Convertible. Though quicker than the Bimmer, the TT RS Roadster should also be a lot more expensive with a sticker of around $65,000.

Find out more about the Audi TT RS here.

Porsche Boxster Spyder

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Arguably the most appealing sports car in this segment, the Boxster Spyder is the lightest, most aggressive, and most powerful Boxster yet. Powered by the same 3.8-liter flat-six found in the previous 911 Carrera S, the Spyder comes with 375 horsepower on tap, which translates into a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. It might not be (a lot) quicker than the M2 Convertible, but it’s definitely the sportier choice given its low curb weight and six-speed manual transmission. No PDK here folks! Priced from $82,100, the Boxster Spyder is significantly more expensive than its rivals.

Read more about the Porsche Boxster Spyder here.

Conclusion

2017 BMW M2 Convertible Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Though not confirmed yet, the M2 Convertible is most definitely underway. BMW would be silly to not bring a drop-top M2 to the market and pass on the opportunity to expand the M lineup to include a smaller cabriolet. Sure, some might argue that a roofless M2 won’t be as fun as the coupe at the track, but critics shouldn’t forget that not all BMW M owners treat their vehicles as track toys. Some just want enjoy a nice summer cruise with wind blowing in their hair, and the M2 Convertible promises to deliver just that.

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    • Not as sexy as the coupe
    • Not yet confirmed for production
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