A camouflaged prototype of the BMW M2 Coupe has been spied drifting in the snow.

A camouflaged prototype of the BMW M2 Coupe has been spied drifting in the snow.

Considered by many to be the most exciting M model in recent years, the new M2 Coupe could also be the first model of its kind to get an optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. The rear-wheel drive variant is expected to enter production phase in November so the model should hit dealerships late 2015 / early 2016. It will likely be seen in the flesh at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September but a near-production concept could show up in early March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The camouflaged prototype spotted here appears to wear the production body and it also has the typical M quad exhaust arrangement. Underneath the snow-covered hood is a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine developing approximately 380 HP (279 kW) which combined with a weight loss should grant the M2 Coupe with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 4.4 seconds. BMW will probably decide to limit the top speed to 155 mph (250 km/h) but an optional M Driver's Package should bump the top speed a little bit.

It is believed the motor will be linked exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission as hinted by Carsten Priest, head of product development for M who wants to avoid an overlap with the M3/M4 which also get an optional seven-speed dual clutch 'box.

The rumored xDrive setup won't be available from day one so if green-lighted it will probably be introduced for the 2017 model year, at the earliest.

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