January 28, 2015
By Gabriel Nica - Auto Evolution
We know for a fact that the M2 coupe is coming. Not only have we seen it out testing but we also know that it will enter production this November. The question that’s on everybody’s mind however revolves around an open top experience. That’s right, will we see an M2 Convertible any time soon?
Well, we’d definitely like to see that so we rendered one based on the latest batch of spyshots, including what looks like a production front bumper.
As the rumor mill goes (and confirmed by one of our insiders in Munich) the new M2 will be using an upgraded version of the N55 3-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that is slated to have around 370 HP and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.
With those numbers swirling in our heads it’s hard to imagine how good an open top M2 could make you feel. Rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission and plenty of torque for a car that should be 200 kg (440 lbs) lighter than an M4 Convertible? Sign me up!
The difference in weight would come specifically due to a textile roof used on the M2 unlike the hard top on its bigger brother that adds a hefty amount of weight compared to the Coupe M4. To be more precise, the Coupe tips the scale at 1,572 kg (3,465 lbs) while the convertible is rated at 1,825 kg (4,023 lbs). That’s a difference of exactly 253 kg (558 lbs) working against the drop top.
With a textile roof however, the M2 would probably be an M4 killer. Sounds good, right? Well, that’s also why we won’t see it come to fruition as BMW wouldn’t want it to cannibalize the sales of its brother.
Following the same line of thought, sources claim that the carbon fiber roof and other lightweight technology from the new M3 won’t make it on the M2 because it would turn the smallest BMW Coupe into a track monster considering that the 2 Series chassis is already lighter than the 4 Series one. But no matter how tame the Germans decide to keep the M2 we’re sure it’s going to be a great car and we can’t wait to take it for a spin.
Unfortunately that won’t happen until next year so you’d better buckle up and start saving some money.