The highly anticipated next-generation BMW M2 G87 has been rumoured to enter production in December 2022. This will follow shortly after the reveal of the G42 2 Series range which has been slotted in for September this year.
BMW Blog reports, based on information sourced from an insider, that the M variant of the 2 Series will come more than a year after the mainline model enters production with the next-generation BMW M2 scheduled to finalise its production later this winter. It’s rumoured that this car will be built alongside the 2 Series at BMW’s San Luis Potosi plant.
Rumoured to power the next-generation BMW M2 is the brand’s S58 twin-turbo 3,0-litre straight-six engine which could be detuned to balance the performance arm’s catalogue. With this, it’s possible that the upcoming compact sports coupe could ship with the eight-speed ZF torque converter rather than the M-DCT. BMW has previously suggested that it would phase out its dual-clutch transmissions as it has found torque converters can provide better performance.
Where design is concerned, it is rumoured that the next-generation BMW M2 will sport a set of larger grilles but they will not be as oversized as the current BMW M3 and M4. Instead, the design team may opt for a wider design, as seen on the current 2 Series Gran Coupe, to make the car look more distinctive.
Last month, executives at BMW M hinted that the next M2 would be closely related to the current BMW M4 but its characters would be distinctive. The executive confirmed in a round-table meeting that the next-generation BMW M2 would share a lot of components from the M3 and M4, such as the aforementioned S58 engine.
With the current generation, this was not the case as it initially launched with the brand’s N55 twin-scroll turbocharged 3,0-litre straight-six mill before being upgraded to the S55 with the Competition trim.
In this report, the executive also confirmed that we can expect a power output of anywhere between 313 kW and 331 kW.