The long-awaited, highly anticipated M2 Coupe is almost here and in the attached video taken at the Nurburgring we get to see a partially camouflaged near-production prototype being pushed to its limits by a BMW test driver to make sure everything will be ready for the model’s market launch. That will happen towards the end of this year or early 2016, following an official presentation programmed for next month, so the M2 Coupe will not be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
It will be definitely worth the wait as it will pack a lot of punch in a relatively lightweight body and this combo should grant some stellar performances. Word on the street says the 0-100 kmph run will take 4.4 seconds and top speed could stand at 274 kmph when configured with the optional M Driver’s Package.
The engine of choice will be an evolution of the six-cylinder, 3.0-liter turbo which will be massaged to deliver as much as 370 bhp and 465 Nm of torque (or 500 Nm with overboost). All that power will be sent to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, but those willing to pay more will be able to configure their M2 Coupe with the optional 7-speed DCT. Interestingly, we heard rumors about the possibility of an M2 xDrive, but apparently this won’t be available right away and it is believed BMW will sell an all-wheel drive M2 only in select markets.
Upon launch, the high-performance coupe from Bavaria will be available in the following exterior body paint schemes: Alpine White, Long Beach Blue, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey. Regardless of choice, the interior cabin will come exclusively with a black leather upholstery adorned with blue stitching. All cars will have 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels along with a wide body including a trunk lid spoiler which will make it more desirable than the current 2-Series Coupe range-topper, the M235i.