BMW has officially unleashed its fire breathing BMW M2 Coupe. As expected, the M4’s little brother is powered by BMW’s high-performance turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine pinched from the M235i.
It has been tweaked to churn out 272kW at 6,500rpm and 465Nm of torque, increasing to as much as 500Nm in short bursts under overboost. Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed transmission, while a 7-speed M DCT is offered as an option.
BMW claims the first-ever M2 will dash from 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds when equipped with the M DCT and Launch Control, before hitting a top speed of 250km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.5L/100km for the manual, and 7.9L/100km with the M DCT.
The coupe’s scintillating performance is matched with a muscular body featuring low front apron with large air intakes, beefy flanks with characteristic M gills and a wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system. It also borrows its lightweight aluminium front and rear axles, forged 19-inch aluminium wheels with mixed sized tyres, M Servotronic steering with two settings and M compound brakes with blue metallic finish from the BMW M3/M4 models. Additionally, its electronically controlled Active M Differential, Dynamic Stability Control system with M Dynamic Mode that allows wheel slip and controlled drifts on the track.
Inside, there’s Alcantara in the door cards and centre console together with porous carbon fibre for a sporty ambience. It is further underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details such as its front sports seats.
The BMW M2 Coupe will reach Australian shores in the first half of 2016.