The BMW M4 may have taken the reins from the M3 Coupe as the company’s resident high-performance sports coupe, but the German automaker is preparing another racy two-door with the 2016 arrival of the M2 Coupe.

The new M2 Coupe essentially succeeds the BMW 1M Coupe, which BMW sold on a limited basis in 2011. According to Autocar, the M2 Coupe will sit just above the M235i, creating an aerodynamic gap between the two models to differentiate themselves from each other. The M2 Coupe, for instance, will feature unique front and rear bumpers, front wings, a larger boot lid, and a set of 19-inch wheels as standard features. Once out, the M2 will be dropped into a three-way fight with the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 and the second generation Audi RS3,.

There are still a lot of undisclosed details surrounding the status of the M2 Coupe. Although it’s been known for quite some time that the new sports coupe will feature a new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, the output of this engine remains a mystery. However, M division head Friedrich Nitschke made it clear that BMW M is targeting a magic number of 400 horsepower.

Nitschke admitted that it’s a tricky number to attain even if the technology is in place to attain it quite easily. See, 400 horsepower will be a little too close to the 425-horsepower output of the current M4, so achieving a number in the vicinity of 375 horsepower is the more realistic and practical goal for BMW M. Fortunately, sources within BMW M have told Autocar that the first prototypes of the M2 Coupe have engines that run on that exact number.

The same sources also said that the M2 Coupe will hit 62 mph in 4.4 seconds with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission at its disposal. If that number’s accurate, that would make the M2 Coupe half-a-second faster to 62 mph than its predecessor, but two-tenths-of-a-second slower than the M4. Top speed will remain at 155 mph, the same with all of BMW M vehicles.

The BMW M2 Coupe is expected to hit dealerships in the early part of the 2015 with the M2 Cabriolet following a year later.

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Why it matters

For those of you who didn’t agree with BMW’s decision to cut the M3 Coupe from its lineup in favor of the M4 variant, consider the M2 Coupe as BMW’s way of making things right. Not that the company was wrong in doing it, but it’s not easy to just drop one of BMW’s most popular performance models in favor of a new one, even if said model is admittedly awesome and only came with a change in nomenclature.

The M2 Coupe isn’t being created as a replacement to the M3. It’s actually succeeding the hugely popular 1 Series M Coupe, which are pretty big shoes to fill. It’s a good thing that BMW’s giving the M2 Coupe the full attention it deserves, specifically the development of that new 3.0-liter, inline-six engine that will be heavily based on the company’s new B57 powertrain instead of the existing N55 engines you can find under the hoods of the M3 and M4. That engine is expected to come with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual clutch version with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

BMW is also reportedly interested in using lightweight components on the M2 in order to keep its weight below 1,530 kg (3,373 pounds). If you’re wondering why the company is targeting that specific number, that is the curb weight of the M235i.

Taking all these things together, the M2 Coupe is slowly becoming an important car in BMW’s lineup, an assessment that we’re having no trouble agreeing with.

BMW M2 Coupe

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The BMW M2 Coupe isn’t expected to arrive until the early part of 2015, but as early as now, the buzz surrounding the newest Bimmer sports coupe is already gaining steam.

Like its 2 Series counterpart, the BMW M2 will be built using the company’s new F21 platform. Anything new on a model is more than likely a good thing, so we’re not going to disagree with BMW’s decision to keep the M2’s elements as new as possible.

There’s also been a lot of talk on what kind of engine the M2 Coupe will receive. There have been a lot of variants and numbers being thrown around, but the most likely scenario would be for the sports coupe to receive Bimmer’s new 3.0-liter, inline-six engine that could produce a total of 375 horsepower.

The M2 is also being tipped to feature loads of carbon-fiber re-enforced plastics, the same material the company used on the M3 CRT. Expect more details about the BMW M2 to arrive as its debut draws closer. The production model isn’t expected to arrive until the early part of 2015, but the fact that it’s only a few months away should help alleviate some of the eagerness and anxiety we’re all feeling while waiting for the M2 to make its debut.

Source: AutoCar

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