BMW has just revealed its first-ever M2 Coupe, the successor to the much-loved 1-Series M Coupe. As expected it gets the full M treatment. It features an aggressive front fascia with large intakes, massaged muscular fenders to contain the car’s wider tracks, 19-inch aluminum forged wheels, and an aggressive rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and trademark M-specific dual twin-tip exhausts.
Its driver-oriented interior features a host of upgrades that include a 300kph speedometer, an 8,000rpm tachometer, leather steering wheel and gearshift, sports seats with adjustable side bolsters trimmed in Black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching, and M door sill plates. Everything we mentioned, with the exception of the speedo, has an M logo to remind you of what exactly you’re driving.
Motivating the M2 is a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder M TwinPower engine that features a twin-scroll turbocharger, high-precision injection, double Vanos variable camshaft timing, and variable-valve control systems. It produces 370hp at 6,500 rpm and 465Nm at 1,400-5,560 rpm--with an available 500Nm during overboost. The engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission. An active M differential optimizes the transfer of power to the rear wheels.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250kph, while an optional M Driver's Package can increase it to 270kph. The car can hit 100kph in only 4.3 seconds with the M double-clutch transmission, and 4.5 seconds with the manual transmission.
Of course, what goes fast must also stop quickly. The M2 features large 380mm vented disc brakes up front fitted with four-piston fixed calipers, and 370mm vented disc brakes at the rear with two-piston calipers.
Like its M3 and M4 siblings, the M2 features a lightweight M Sport suspension. Aside from being tuned for sharper handling, it features aluminum in the subframe and suspension components like control arms and wheel carriers to help shave off unwanted weight. The M2’s dynamic stability control, which features M Dynamic Mode and its electric power steering with M-specific Servotronic function, also contributes to the sharper handling.
The recently introduced M4 GTS might be the ultimate M model right now, but the M2 might just be the best all-around M car. Hopefully, it makes it to our shores soon.