A new report indicates BMW is currently testing M2 Coupe prototypes with an uprated N55 engine.
The N55 N55B30T0 engine is the same inline-six Twin-power Turbo 3.0-liter engine inside the currently range-topping M235i Coupe. However, BMW’s engineers are tweaking the motor to increase its output from the current 326 HP (240 kW) to somewhere in the region of 380 HP (279 kW). The report suggests BMW is testing the engine in conjunction with both manual and automatic gearboxes.
If the M2 will see the light of production day, expect to find the newly introduced chassis tech from the M3 Sedan / M4 Coupe duo, as well as an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential (aka Active M Differential) and a quad exhaust arrangement.
Looking sporty and luxurious, the model has a distinctive front fascia with a unique grille, bespoke headlights and large air intakes. There’s also subtle contours, an upward sweeping character line and L-shaped taillights.
The 2-Series is slightly larger than its predecessor as it is 72mm longer, 32mm wider and has a wheelbase that has been stretched by 30mm. This results in a more accommodating cabin that boasts additional head- and legroom as well as a larger trunk that holds up to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) of luggage.
The cabin is heavily influenced by the 1-Series and comes equipped with cloth seats and satin silver trim. Options include Dakota leather upholstery, brushed aluminum or fine-line stream wood trim and a 6.5- or 8.8-inch iDrive display.
As usual, the 2-Series will be offered in Sport Line, Modern Line and the M Sport trim. The latter adds an aerodynamic body kit, a revised grille and a chrome exhaust finisher. There’s also a sport-tuned suspension (which reduces the ride height by 10mm) and 17-inch M light alloy wheels. The model also boasts sport seats, aluminum hexagon trim, M-brand sill plates and revised instrumentation.
A probable launch date is sometime in 2016.