Spy photographers working on the Nürburgring have grabbed on camera a BMW M2 prototype.

Spy photographers working on the Nürburgring have grabbed on camera a BMW M2 prototype.

Expected to come out before the end of the year, the M2 Coupe is likely set to become one of the most desirable BMWs in recent years and will do that by being better in just about every way than the M235i. The latest gossip indicates a 370 PS (272 kW) and 465 Nm (342 lb-ft) output coming from a 6-cylinder 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine which will have an overboost function increasing torque to 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) for a brief amount of time.

Matching the powerful heart will be a more aggressive body, M3-sourced brakes and a quad exhaust setup as you would expect from a fully-fledged M model from Bavaria. Some voices are saying BMW will offer the M2 only with a 6-speed manual transmission and the car will weigh approximately 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs).

In terms of performance, the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) should take somewhere in the region of 4.4 seconds before topping out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h) or 170 mph (274 km/h) with the optional M Driver's Package.

Expect the BMW M2 to be offered with one of the following four body paints: Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic. A public reveal is likely set for September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales commencing late 2015 / early 2016. There's no word about its price tag, but obviously it will be a lot more expensive than the M235i Coupe which in Germany kicks off at €44,750 so it will likely go over the €50,000 mark.

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