BMW Group design boss Adrian van Hooydonk says new M car will look to the popular E30 M3; likely to be a special version of the upcoming M2

BMW is looking to the ever-popular E30 M3 for design inspiration for a future M car project, according to BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk. “The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product,” he said.

Hooydonk wouldn’t elaborate on which model might get the E30 M3 treatment, but it’s likely to be a special edition of the upcoming BMW M2 that could be released to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary next year.

The M2, which is set to be launched at the end of this year, has already been spotted testing. It is expected to get more than 370bhp from a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that is unrelated to the powertrains fitted to the bigger M3 and M4 models.

Key design cues that could reappear on an E30-inspired M2 include the distinctive wheelarch crease and wing. Any aerodynamic devices will be fixed. “With M cars, we try to get the downforce right without moveable aero. It’s the most authentic way,” said Hooydonk.

Weight saving will also be key. M cars already feature carbonfibre and composite plastics, but Hooydonk said: “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.”

With the existing M235i coupé weighing 1535kg, a lightweight M2 should come in at closer to 1400kg.

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19 March 2015

I think so,if they can bring it in at say £38K?

Peter Cavellini.

19 March 2015

For BMW to be "inspired" by the original M3 to have a high-winding in-line four with a manual transmission and to make it as light as possible and still be comfortable. Imagine what they could do with the 2.0 litre engine in the Cooper S?

19 March 2015
Moparman wrote:

For BMW to be "inspired" by the original M3 to have a high-winding in-line four with a manual transmission and to make it as light as possible and still be comfortable. Imagine what they could do with the 2.0 litre engine in the Cooper S?

I think the Mini has kind of lost it's way a bit,got lost in make it your own kinda way,not my first pick for a fast car,to expensive,even before options,maybe time for a more radical Mini?,the Mini at best is making do with about 200bhp,whereas,other brands at that price have 250bhp+,and i guess BMW don't want it treading on the Toe's of it's premium product.

Peter Cavellini.

19 March 2015

Thus no turbo !

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