Could be manual only, more enthusiast oriented than M3/M4
Get your water ready because you are about to ingest multiple times your daily intake of salt.
The folks over at the rumour-spreading AutoExpress in the UK are saying BMW will trot out the M2 with a manual transmission at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
The forthcoming BMW M2 will be the successor to one of the few cars on the planet to appreciate in price since its release – the BMW 1 Series M Coupe.
According to the Brits, the M2 will be a manual-only affair and “more hardcore” than its M3 and M4 siblings when it comes to market. Power will come from a 3.0-litre single-turbo straight-six making 350 bhp.
While we don’t doubt the validity of the M2 bowing in Detroit, the idea that BMW would completely ditch automated gear swapping seems a bit far fetched at best. If anything, it would be the manual transmission that would get dumped in favour of a new-fangled flappy paddle system in the name of performance.
But, maybe it’s not crazy. When AutoExpress spoke to Carsten Priest, head of development for BMW’s M division, he said, “If you remember the 1 Series M Coupe there’s always a bit of overlap [between it and the M3], but we offered the manual gearbox only – that was one of the main differences.”
We will find out for certain in January.
(BMW M235i race car shown)