These first spy pictures reveal that development of the long-awaited BMW M2 is under way.
Seemingly borrowing bodywork elements from the M235i Racing, this test mule features flared wheel arches and a much wider track than the regular 2-series. Blue performance brakes can also be seen on the mule, while its alloy wheels appear to be borrowed from the new M3 and M4.
This model is reportedly only testing the M2's chassis, hence the lack of other traditional M division treatments such as quadruple exhaust tailpipes and more aggressive front and rear bumpers.
However, reports have already suggested that the new car will use a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine. While its official output is unknown, it's expected to carry significantly more power than the 322bhp of the M235i coupé and the 328bhp of the M235i Racing. However, it will also sit below the 425bhp of the new M3 and M4.