It’s been a long time in the making but now the wait is finally over as BMW has taken the wraps off their first ever M2. It acts as a spiritual successor to the beloved 1-Series M Coupe and is definitely a worthy replacement taking into account it packs 365 bhp and 464 Nm (500 Nm with overboost) thanks to its upgraded six-cylinder, 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. It’s available with both a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed double clutch automatic transmission.
If you prefer to change the gears yourself, the manual BMW M2 Coupe will complete the 0-96 kmph run in 4.4 seconds whereas the automatic model does the same task in as little as 4.2 seconds. Regardless of selected transmission, the high-performance coupe from Bavaria comes with an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph.
It borrows the aluminum-made front and rear axles from its larger brother, the M4 Coupe, while the suspension components are also made from aluminum to keep the weight down low. Other goodies worth mentioning include the Active M Differential, M-tuned electronic power steering and beefy brakes with perforated and vented discs matched with four- and two-piston calipers painted in blue metallic.
The BMW M2 Coupe rides on large 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and has received a menacing quad exhaust system which should provide a brutal soundtrack. On the inside it comes nicely equipped with M-branded sill plates and footrest, along with Dakota leather upholstery with blue stitching and the “M” logo embossed on the backrests. Leather was used to cover the steering wheel as well as the knee pads on the center console to give the cabin an upscale fit and finish.
Sales of the BMW M2 Coupe are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016 in Europe and United States while details concerning a possible Indian launch are not available at this point.