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    • M2 based on the F22 2-Series Coupe preview and rendering - Entry level M car with turbocharged 4-cylinder power coming?

      We know the F22 2-Series coupe is coming as evidenced by recent spyphotos. We know BMW is considering an entry level M car which would likely be based on the F22 or F20 platform. An M2 would be necessary to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi RS3 Sedan. Audi is already preparing to boost output of their 2.5 TFSI due to competition from Mercedes-Benz with their powerful 2.0 liter M133 turbo four-cylinder putting out 354 horses.

      So, this is a segment that is rapidly heating up and BMW likely would not want to be left out. An M2 would be the perfect vehicle as an answer to the competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz and the powerplant would likely be an M Division modified N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder which would make a very interesting response to the Mercedes and Audi motors.

      With a likely curb weight in the 31XX pound range and a 350+ horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder the M2 would be a very exciting vehicle. Especially considering Audi and Mercedes will be all wheel drive only meaning a rear wheel drive car in this segment from BMW may prove to be the most exciting car to drive out of the bunch. Additionally, as we all know BMW turbo motors respond well to mods.

      An M2 would be a great entry level M car and drivers car considering how heavy and expensive newer BMW M cars have become. BimmerBoost says bring it on, enjoy the rendering below.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: M2 render!!! started by KB View original post
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        I dont know why they would say an upgraded N54....
        Because a lot of what they pass off is just guessing... and in this case not even a good educated guess.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        With BMW's it's always this way. Kind of frustrating and I'm personally sick of it.
        I agree. Look at the new M3 engine bay Click here to enlarge
      1. DubSport's Avatar
        DubSport -
        People already throwin out "E30 M3" comparisons to this car that isn't even confirmed yet, just because its a 4-banger? I want to get excited too but haven't we been let down in one way or another with every subsequent M car SINCE the E30 M3 (maybe except e39 M5)? With each generation of M since the first M3, driver involvement has gone down. Hoping an M2 would reverse that trend a bit.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DubSport Click here to enlarge
        People already throwin out "E30 M3" comparisons to this car that isn't even confirmed yet, just because its a 4-banger? I want to get excited too but haven't we been let down in one way or another with every subsequent M car SINCE the E30 M3 (maybe except e39 M5)? With each generation of M since the first, driver involvement has gone down. Hoping an M2 would reverse that trend a bit.
        Nobody is comparing it to the E30 M3. I strongly doubt it will improve on the drivers experience of that car. No M has since and the closest thing to offer as much driving excitement is the E46 M3 CSL. One may be better than the other depending on how much you like technology.

        Regardless, the reason it is brought up is because the E30 M3 was sold with a four cylinder motor while a six cylinder was available. However, there also likely were racing regulations in mind as well. This car won't be racing anything. That said, with a similar motor to the M3 it may be too close but BMW would have a much larger motor than Mercedes or Audi in the segment.

        We'll see what happens. I'm all for a new M turbo four-cylinder. Re-using the N55 is boring and it isn't an M motor.
      1. lughed's Avatar
        lughed -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's the exact same thing, how isn't it fair? 6 cylinder versus 4 cylinder.

        Would you rather have a six cylinder in your evo or a sportier 4?

        Get a 235i with the N55 then. I know I would rather have the M2 before even seeing it or its specs. I'd rather have the Audi S4 with the smaller 3.0 TFSI than with the 4.2 liter V8 it used to have as well.
        Its not the same thing. Your talking about .2 liter difference for an efficient 4v s14 vs non efficient 2v m20. More than likely the build and flow efficiency of an m2 engine will not be much different from a n55 but the size difference will be substantial. Speaking of just an engine i would take the six. After market brakes and suspension would be far less than the price of a m. Only thing left is the body but ehh...
      1. richpike's Avatar
        richpike -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        when is this supposed to be released?
        If you get 1000hp out of the 4cyl in this, I will be super impressed Click here to enlarge

        -Rich
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lughed Click here to enlarge
        Its not the same thing. Your talking about .2 liter difference for an efficient 4v s14 vs non efficient 2v m20. More than likely the build and flow efficiency of an m2 engine will not be much different from a n55 but the size difference will be substantial. Speaking of just an engine i would take the six. After market brakes and suspension would be far less than the price of a m. Only thing left is the body but ehh...
        The size difference is mitigated by forced induction, direct injection, and higher compression. The cubes were more important back then.

        It's pretty much the same thing. M 4-Cylinder powerplant versus the standard six-cylinder already available. If it's a dedicated M motor I don't see why it wouldn't have a better build and greater efficiency.

        I say let's wait and see the motor.
      1. cisi's Avatar
        cisi -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        The size difference is mitigated by forced induction, direct injection, and higher compression. The cubes were more important back then.

        It's pretty much the same thing. M 4-Cylinder powerplant versus the standard six-cylinder already available. If it's a dedicated M motor I don't see why it wouldn't have a better build and greater efficiency.

        I say let's wait and see the motor.
        While the S14 developement came from the M88 motor (an M engine) this time again(like all new M models) bmw will just raise the boost on their N20(and strengthen the heat management). But dont expect modifications as you can find them in a e46 M3 motor(based too on a "normal" engine, but heavy modified), they will be very basic. Not worth calling it an M-powerplant.(dont expect either a new developed engin like the "old" m3 V8).
        Obviously i hope to be wrong and maybe they will put some effort in this project, so the M2 could be very interesting also from an engine point of view.(as a car it will be for sure, no matter what motor they put in it, it will perform good as a car).
        But lets be realistic, the only interesting engine in the whole M lineup will be the new M3 engine. Thats the only model left, that gets a "real build M engine" in every generation.(or at least until now, as in depth technical specs of the new engine are not known(will it have the third e-turbo for lagless engine response?)).
        Bring the new M3 engine in the M2, that would be cool.(like when they brought the m3 engine in the z3m, and the next gen in the z4m, but is bmw still cool? They have to prove as im not sure any more)
      1. UsualSuspect's Avatar
        UsualSuspect -
        I like it!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cisi Click here to enlarge
        bmw will just raise the boost on their N20(and strengthen the heat management). But dont expect modifications as you can find them in a e46 M3 motor(based too on a "normal" engine, but heavy modified), they will be very basic. Not worth calling it an M-powerplant.(dont expect either a new developed engin like the "old" m3 V8).
        I'm afraid you may be right but let's wait and see. the S63tu has some significant upgrades from the N63.
      1. 303_335i's Avatar
        303_335i -
        Nice looking car.
      1. lughed's Avatar
        lughed -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        The size difference is mitigated by forced induction, direct injection, and higher compression. The cubes were more important back then.

        It's pretty much the same thing. M 4-Cylinder powerplant versus the standard six-cylinder already available. If it's a dedicated M motor I don't see why it wouldn't have a better build and greater efficiency.

        I say let's wait and see the motor.
        Size is not mitigated when both engines have fi, direct injection, and so on. Just as the m20 had non of these, neither did the s14. What the s14 did have for mitigation was much better efficiency. I doubt a 2L m engine will be that much more efficient than a n55 to mitigate anything.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lughed Click here to enlarge
        I doubt a 2L m engine will be that much more efficient than a n55 to mitigate anything.
        Why? It could have better heads, more aggressive tuning, higher compression, etc. Kind of like the S63tu as already mentioned.
      1. Baron's Avatar
        Baron -
        Count me in, looks brilliant. I'm not liking the trend of the vehicles gaining in size to keep up with the a$$es of all us fat Americans...Me not included. I have the body of an Adonis Click here to enlarge
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Interesting.... Hope their new turbo motors don't drop torque up top stock like the current ones do. Based on my 1M experience I bet this will be one hell of a fun car to throw through a turn!
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Strangely...this is the only future BMW I have interest in.

        I think I will be moving on to another brand.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        I think I will be moving on to another brand.
        Same.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        AMG all the way. BMW is a buncha pussies and sell-offs nowadays. They charge up the ass for everything and their goods just don't deliver anymore. $#@!ing new German Honda indeed. Think their customers are all stupid or something. $#@! them!!! I have been so pissed at them. I'm sure this will be my last BMW model.

        If staying German, I will definitely own an AMG for my next vehicle. Although Audi is getting up there too, but just not enogh excititement yet. American performance cars are also no joke nowadats. BMW is just not exciting no more, and thats a fact every enthusiasts knows. Anyone who disagrees is either in denial or a $#@!ing epic fanboy.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Most recent example. The reveal of the M6GC in detroit. Already down half second 0-60 and CLS63 is $15k less.

        BMW...you really are not that special anymore to keep raising prices.
      1. Stephnie5's Avatar
        Stephnie5 -
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