Carsten Priest, head of product development for M, has hinted the M2 will be revealed as early as January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Carsten Priest, head of product development for M, has hinted the M2 will be revealed as early as January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

It seems we are closer to the M2's reveal than originally believed as in an interview with Auto Express, M's head of product development Carsten Priest said that usually it "tends to be a year delay between the base model and the M car." The 2-Series Coupe made its public debut January this year at NAIAS which means we could see the fully fledged M2 on January 12, 2015 during the first press day of the show.

If this estimation turns out to be true, BMW could decide to show the M2 before the end of the year taking into account the 2-Series Coupe lineup (including M235i) was revealed online back in October 2013. However, the Bavarian marque could wait until March for the Geneva Motor Show, especially if we take into account a rumor indicating production will kick off in November 2015.

The BMW M2 is known internally as "pyrat2" (1-Series M Coupe was "pyrat") and will be powered by an evolution of the N55 inline-six 3.0-liter expected to develop as much as 374 bhp (279 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) if we were to rely on a recent rumor. Priest also implied the model will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox as a method to minimize the overlap with the M3 & M4 duo which can also be configured with an optional seven-speed M DCT.

Prices for the 2016 BMW M2 are estimated to begin from €56,500.

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