According to some news, the second generation of BMW's M2 Coupe (marked G87) will go into production in December this year.
As things stand now, the new M2 Coupe will have a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine, a standard manual or optional 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive only.
This means that the new M2 will not be available with the xDrive all-wheel drive option as mentioned in some rumors.
One of the reasons is weight. The new Series 2 is already heavier than a car of this size should be, so the BMW M didn’t want to add weight to the car.
Another reason is that the BMW M does not want the M2 to affect sales of the M4, and vice versa. If the M2 were offered with xDrive, it could be too similar to the M4 xDrive, which would then cause a cannibalization of sales, one way or another.
In addition, BMW wants the next-generation M2 to be the right car for the driver, without the burden of four-wheel drive.
Also, the new BMW M2 Coupe will have a more aggressive aero body package, optional carbon fiber roof, M wheels (19 and 20 inches), taillights with OLED graphics, sports exhaust system, sports suspension, electronically controlled M differential, stronger brakes, sports seats and sports steering wheel.
Production of the new M2 will take place at BMW’s San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico, along with the new Series 2 Coupe.