The first ever BMW M2 has been spied conducting heavy testing around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The first ever BMW M2 (codenamed F87) has been spied conducting heavy testing around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The BMW M235i Coupe will be dethroned in 2016 by a fully-fledged M2 programmed to sit on top of the 2-Series family. The M2 is expected to get the same inline-six TwinPower 3.0-liter gasoline engine but instead of 326 PS (240 kW) it will develop approximately 380 PS (279 kW). The extra punch will lower the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) from 4.8 seconds to an estimated 4.5s.

Aside from the additional oomph, the BMW M2 (known internally as "pyrat2") will benefit from a cosmetic makeover which will include a more aggressive and wider body matched with a quad pipe exhaust arrangement, stiffer suspension, uprated brakes and beefier alloys. It will also boast an electronically-controlled limited slip differential (aka Active M Differential) and could be offered with both manual and automatic transmissions as prototypes have been spotted testing with a 6-speed manual and an eight-speed auto.

Slated to enter production phase in November 2015 (March 2016 for US-spec cars), the BMW M2 will serve as a successor for the 1-Series M Coupe ("pyrat") and is likely go on sale in the spring of 2016. Needless to say, it will cost considerably more than the M235i which in Germany kicks off at 43,750 while in United States begins at $43,100.

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