BMW M2 revealed. Read on to find what's inside. {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Aug 2015

Move over M4, little brother is here to steal the limelight!

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The BMW 1M from 2010 was one of the most surprising cars of the last 5 years. Sure it had an ‘M’ badge and some pumped up looks, but most people expected it to be a bit of a parts bin exercise. It actually turned out to be one of the best driver’s cars BMW has ever made, which along with a limited production is one of the reasons why the car still commands just below its original list price 5yrs later. So it makes sense that BMW would like to replicate that…

The 2-Series is now the small coupe in their line-up and as there isn’t an old supercar to worry about (the reason the 1M wasn’t the M1) they’ve gone with the M2 name and from looks alone this is going to be a fantastic car.

The 2-Series is already a good looking car, but the M2 takes it to another level with swollen front and rear arches making it look like some sort of cartoonish rally car, while at the front there’s the most aggressively styled bumper from M-GmbH yet. The traditional kidney grille sits above a huge lower opening while the intercooler intakes sit either side with vanes directing some airflow to the front brakes. There are vents behind the front wheels and as mentioned, the bodywork swoops and bulges out to the rear arches. At the rear there is the standard ‘M’ quad exit exhaust and subtle lip spoiler. The wheel design from the M4 completes the look.

Of course looks are one thing, but they didn’t sell the 1M (as it was spectacularly ugly) – it was the oily bits – and the M2 doesn’t disappoint there. The 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six cylinder engine from the M235i is heavily reworked by the M-division to include the pistons, crankshaft bearing shells, exhaust system elements, Valvetronic system and camshaft control processes from the M4’s engine. This all results in 365bhp and 343lb/ft or torque, while weight saving measures bring the car in at 1495kg. That power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or the optional seven-speed DCT dual clutch automatic gearbox. 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds in the manual, or 4.3 seconds with DCT.

The suspension and brakes are basically the same items from the M4 with some tweaking; meaning that with the shorter wheelbase and lower weight the M2 should handle exceptionally well.

The M2 is going to be pitched at a wide range of cars, including the Mercedes A45 AMG, Audi RS3 and even the Porsche Cayman S. It’s far more practical than the Cayman, but much better looking and cooler than the two hatchbacks, so it’s bound to easily find buyers, especially at the £44,070 price tag. It goes on sale in April 2016 and it’s rumoured that only 500 will be made in RHD, so get your order in quickly!