Marcus De Guzman / BMW | October 14, 2015 11:00
BMW ups the ante in the compact segment with the all-new M2
BMW's latest M Performance vehicle has just gone official after the company revealed the 2016 M2. Scheduled to make its first public appearance at this year's L.A. Auto Show, the new M2 succeeds the 1-Series M Coupe and features a heavily revised exterior and an inline-six TwinPower Turbo motor.
Up front, it now has a more aggressive-looking bumper and a restyled dual kidney grill that carries a M Performance badge. Over to the side, it gets widened wheel arches and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
It has a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, tweaked taillights, M2 badging and quad exhaust pipes.
The interior largely carries over apart from a few M-exclusive equipment. These include Dakota leather sport seats, M-branded footrest, leather steering wheel, M Performance sill plates and carbon fiber accents/trim.
Under the hood, lives the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six that delivers 364 PS and a torque pull of 464 Nm. On standard, power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox but it can be specified with the optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With the manual, it can leap from 0 – 100km/h in 4.4 seconds while the dual clutch gearbox can do it in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
Other technological accolades present in the 2016 M2 include: aluminum suspension components and front and rear axles derived from the M3/M4, M-tuned power steering, Active M Differential and a braking system that is comprised of ventilated discs and front four-piston brake calipers.