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Forget about greenlighting it, BMW is already testing the M2

Thu, 08 May 2014 16:54:00 EST

One week ago, we reported, with some skepticism, that BMW had greenlit a car we've been waiting for since the 1 Series M Coupe was discontinued – the M2. Now, we have the first images of that new hotshot underoing testing in Germany.

What's our reasoning here? After all, this just looks like an M235i. Well, that camo is disguising swollen fenders designed to conceal wider tires. Now, these aren't production changes, and it's very likely that the eventual M2's fenders will look quite a bit different. According to our spy, the front fenders have been borrowed from the M235i Racing, while the rears are from an unknown source.

Our spies are also quick to point out a few other high-performance items on this mule. The cross-drilled brakes and blue M calipers are one such item, although we aren't sure how much they differ from the optional stoppers on the production M235i. The black wheels are borrowed from the M3 and M4, and are shod in what look like a sticky set of Michelin tires.

Of course, we're in the very earliest stages of testing here. We can expect to find out much more about the latest M car, though, in the coming months. Take a look up top to see what our spies were able to capture of the first M2.

By Brandon Turkus

See also: BMW celebrates 30 years of M5 with 600-hp super sedan, 30th Anniversary BMW M5 information leaks out, BMW rolls out new M4 safety car for DTM.