Rumor: Tri-turbo Engine for BMW M2
We’ve grown weary and tired of reporting on BMW 2-Series rumors. We just can’t be sure at the moment if the BMW is really going to name their compact coupes and cabrios any differently until had proof is found. So, it’s not just regular coupe, but an upcoming powerhouse of BMW M2 from M Division of BMW.
Our German contributor had a little chat with the BMW M Division’s new managing director, and he revealed that a BMW M2 coupe is vital for the brand, as is a possible supercar that will take the fight to the mighty Lamborghini Aventador.
The BMW M2 coupe will reportedly be based on the F21 platform that will spawn the 2-Series in early 2014, but unlike the 1-Series M Coupe it will have completely different fascias so no one will mistake it for the entry-level car.
The purist configuration on the BMW M2 coupe is its front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive will be kept, but from then on it starts to get a little foggy. BMW will either use the existing 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo for the M2 coupe, offering around 350bhp and a very similar look to that in the 1-Series M Coupe, or a new and innovative tri-turbo, giving similar performance but better fuel economy.
BMW is all about drawback-free performance these days, mixing power and economy, and the BMW M2 coupe will reportedly make extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Right now, it’s expected to arrive some time in 2015, taking the fight to the Cayman and TT-RS.
“In the 1-Series M Coupe, we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the BMW M2 coupe. I think the 1-Series M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe,” the M Division exec explains about the possibility of BMW M2 coupe.