BMW’s M cars are often the best-looking variants of the German brand’s various models. However, if the current M3 and M4 are anything to go by, this trend may no longer ring true. More evidence to that point comes in the form of a leaked image of what might be the next-gen BMW M2’s front bumper.
We were still trying to process the polarizing styling of the 2022 BMW 2 Series, but already another bomb in the wacky world of “BMW designs you have to get used to” appears to have gone off: an image out of China that purportedly shows the upcoming M2’s new mug. Well, that’s according to a user of the enthusiast forum Bimmerpost.
If this is actually the M2’s maw, then it is not as gauche as that of the M3 and M4. Still, it isn’t what we’d call handsome. The supposed front fascia for the new M2 features typical M-styling touches, including larger air intakes, a grille with horizontal slats, and a much deeper front splitter area. It looks like it could be the real deal, but it’s always worth taking leaks like this with a grain or ten of salt.
There are a few things that lend some credence, though. It looks like the cut-out for the tow point is in the right spot, and the horizontal grille slats track with what we’ve seen before. The only thing we can’t square is the cut-outs for the headlights, which don’t seem to match the shape of the units found on the new 2 Series. That said, there’s really no way of knowing if the above image is the fascia off of the new M2 or if it’s just the work of some aftermarket shop.
What powers the next M2 is anyone’s guess at the moment. Rumor is the car will retain today’s M2’s rear-drive-only status. We wager a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 engine—likely a detuned version of the S58 that motivates the current M3 and M4, as well as the X3 M and X4 M—will find a home under the redesigned M2’s long hood.
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