BMW M2 Coupe 2016

Car enthusiasts have had a long wait for BMW’s next generation model. But that patience is finally rewarded with the 2016 M2 Coupé, the M version (denoting the brand’s coveted high-performance vehicles) of the German automaker’s 2 Series. The M2 is compact, sleek, sporty, and built for tight maneuvering around turns. Yet unlike the M3 and M4, which offer high velocity, BMW’s M2 appears to be a hybrid for speed seekers as well as casual drivers.

With no direct rivals and its closest competitors being $10K-cheaper all-wheel drive German hatchbacks in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Audi RS 3, the M2 replaces the fast but flawed 1 Series M Coupe and marks a return to the compact rear-drive sports coupe with big six formula that gained a cult following for generations of BMW M3s. BMW currently has no plans to produce an M2 convertible at this time.

Power and torque are up from its 1 Series M Coupé predecessor, to 370bhp and 343lb ft, with an 'overboost' function providing a further 26lb ft. These equate to a 4.5sec 0-62 time on the manual car, with BMW's DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission shaving a further 0.3sec off.

The BMW M2 Coupe comes with two gear options: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The standard elements of a great motorsport car are there: a 365-horsepower inline-six turbo engine; twin tailpipe exhaust; BMW’s classic kidney-shaped grille with double slats, which fans will recognize from other M vehicles; and a sharp rear spoiler. What’s more, the M2’s powerful engine can run from zero to sixty in 4.1 seconds. But as BMW notes, “The maximum speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.”

Several key moves were made by BMW in designing the M2. Bodywork extensions were made to the front and rear of the car to accommodate the car’s 19-inch, aluminum-forged rims. The car’s interior was smartly redesigned, from the leather steering wheel to the polar blue stitching on the black leather sport seats, which feature the trademark “M” embossed logo. Speculation about the price of this new car has flitted online forums since the fall, with most sources stating the 2016 BMW M2 will start at just under $52,000.

Four colours are available on the M2: white, grey, black and a 'Long Beach Blue' shade shared with the X6 M.

BMW M2 Coupe 2016 BMW M2 Coupe 2016 Reviewed by endank on 4:21 PM Rating: 5

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