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We Hear: 2016 BMW M2 Special Edition Could Adopt E30 M3 Styling Cues

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2016 BMW M2 Prorotype Spied Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 BMW M2 Prorotype Spied Front View

A future BMW M car will draw design inspiration from the classic E30-generation BMW M3, Autocar reports. That car will likely be a special version of the upcoming BMW M2 coupe.

We Hear: 2016 BMW M2 Special Edition Could Adopt E30 M3 Styling Cues

“The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product,” BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar.

Although it’s been awhile since we last saw a 2016 BMW M2 prototype testing, the last one we saw was still camouflaged, but its final styling isn't hard to imagine. But Autocar suggests BMW is cooking up a special variant of the M2 for its 100th anniversary next year, with design cues that harken back to the original M3. Possible E30 BMW M3 design bits include its wheel arch crease and fixed rear wing.

BMW M3 E30© Provided by MotorTrend BMW M3 E30
“With M cars, we try to get the downforce right without moveable aero,” said van Hooydonk. It’s the most authentic way.”

The 2016 BMW M3 could also feature a greater use of carbon fiber or composite pieces to further reduce weight. While the last BMW M235i we tested weighed 3494 pounds, the report suggests the Euro-spec M2 could be closer to 3100 pounds.

“I’d have to give Colin Chapman the credit for the ‘performance through light weight’ mantra, but that was another big factor for the E30, and that is also a priority for us,” van Hooydonk said.

BMW E30 M3 screen shot© Provided by MotorTrend BMW E30 M3 screen shot

The 2016 BMW M2 is expected to be powered by a more powerful version of the automaker’s turbocharged 3.0-liter N55 I-6 rather than the 425-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter S55 I-6 in the BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe. In the M2, the N55 engine is expected to make around 370-380 hp compared to the 320 hp it makes in the BMW M235i coupe.

Source: Autocar

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