A new report indicates the highly anticipated BMW M2 is going to offer as much as 374 bhp (279 kW).

A new report indicates the highly anticipated BMW M2 (F87) is going to offer as much as 374 bhp (279 kW).

BMW is working hard on a successor for the much loved 1-Series M Coupe and it seems it will be worth the wait as Auto Bild is reporting the smallest M model to join the range will provide 374 bhp (279 kW) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque. Output will come from an uprated inline-six 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo (N55) engine which will allegedly work with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed dual clutch transmission (M DCT).

Known internally as "pyrat2", the BMW M2 will borrow the M3/M4's brake & steering systems as well as the Active M Differential. The same source mentions it will carry a starting price of €56,500 so it will be significantly more expensive than the M235i Coupe which in Germany kicks off at €43,750 for the manual and from €46,000 for the auto variant.

It is believed production of the BMW M2 will commence November next year which means an official reveal could occur in the first half of 2015.

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