BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk has announced the legendary M3 (E30) will influence a future M model.

BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk has announced the legendary M3 (E30) will influence a future M model.

Bavarian Motor Works will celebrate its centenary in 2016 so surely they must be cooking up something special. We know for sure it won't be the rumored i8M because BMW has already announced its M division will not work on any i-badged models. Design director says an upcoming M model will "take cues" from the M3 (E30) since it has a "big fan base."

He didn't disclose any other details but it is believed the model in question is going to be a special edition M2 Coupe. The "regular" M2 will be out before the end of this year with a turbo-six 3.0-liter generating around 380 HP (279 kW). Weight should drop from the M235i's 1,530 kg (3,373 lbs) to 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) which should enable the M2 run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds before topping out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h) or more with an optional M Driver's Package.

An M2 Special Edition will likely come with more power, less weight while the E30-inspired cues should be seen in the wheel arches and rear wing, according to Autocar.

The standard BMW M2 is scheduled to enter production in November and will likely go on sale late this year or early 2016. An all-wheel drive layout could be optionally offered in select markets, but nothing is official at this point.

BMW says M3 E30 will influence future M model, likely a special edition M2