Monday, November 4, 2013

A Speculative View of the BMW M2 Coupe; What Engine Should it Get?


The automotive crowd on internet seems to have warmly embraced the new BMW 2-Series, currently available in coupe form alone, with plenty of skilled hands taking turns on envisioning confirmed or rumored versions of the car, from M2 Convertibles, to regular Cabriolets and M Performance editions.

This design take is for the as-of-yet, unconfirmed, but for a longtime speculated, M2 Coupe, with the artist, Khalil Bouguerra, applying the lessons learned from the forthcoming M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan on the 2-Series body, with bespoke bumpers, skirts, wider fenders, quad tailpipes and a tricked out boot.

If BMW gives the M2 the green light in the near future, what kind of engine do you think it should use?

Some options that quickly come to mind include a high revving and larger displacement four-cylinder (think something like the original M3 E30's 2.3- / 2.5-liter units), a turbocharged 2.0-liter (or with a larger displacement) turbocharged four, and a straight-six turbo – either a modified version of the M235i's 322hp 3.0-liter or perhaps, a smaller displacement variant of the M3/M4's 3.0-liter six.

Whichever engine it chooses, it's almost a given that it will produce much less power than the 424hp (430PS) unit in the M4 and M3. Perhaps BMW should place the emphasis elsewhere creating a limited production CSL version of sorts for the M2, with a smaller displacement engine (preferably a four-cylinder) that takes advantage of significant weight saving measures to create a driver's handling delight. What do you say?

Story References: Virtuel-Car

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