It’s been only a couple of years since BMW discontinued the 1M, but we’ve been craving another smaller M-powered car since. Arriving just in time to save us is the all-new 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.
Unleashed to the world in a press release issued today, this new model is essentially a beefed up version of the already popular M235i. It harnesses power from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which rates at 370 hp and up to 369 lb-ft of torque. This is a 50 hp and 39 lb-ft increase over the M235i.
Something to be appreciated about the M2’s powertrain is that BMW allows you to choose between the standard six-speed manual transmission, with throttle blipping for easier downshifts, and the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In a world where we’re leaving the manual transmission behind ever so slowly, purists will appreciate this.[youtube id=”ww37JDbFO20″ align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” maxwidth=”680″]
When fitted with the automatic transmission, BMW states that the M2 Coupe’s 0-62 mph time is just 4.3 seconds and 4.5 seconds with the manual transmission, with a governed top speed of 155 mph. However, the optional M Driver’s Package can increase the top speed to 168 mph.
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A quicker 0-62 mph sprint and possibly quicker lap times are not only possible because of the added power, but also because of the Active M Differential. This active differential maximises traction in tight situations. Turn on the Dynamic Stability Control (MDM), which allows wheel slip, and you can enjoy the BMW drifts that you know and love – on a closed course with professional supervision, of course.
Aside from the redesigned front and rear ends that include a new diffuser and larger air intakes, BMW has added width and length to the car to make it even more muscular than before. In the front, an additional 2.16 inches have been added to the body, while the rear has an added 3.15 inches. These new dimensions not only help the M2 hug corners a bit more easily, they also allow space for the 19-inch wheels and new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (front: 245/35 ZR 19, rear: 265/35 ZR 19).
Unfortunately, pricing for the M2 Coupe has not been revealed yet, but sales are expected to start early next year.