Beneath the hood, a 3-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine generates 365 horsepower at 6500 rpm, and 343 pound-feet of torque—all the way from 1,400 to 5,560 rpm. When pushing hard on the gas, a temporary overboost function can push torque output to 369 pound-feet, up to 4,750 rpm. That’s 70 more pound-feet than the previous-generation M3 model.
The standard six-speed manual transmission features automatic rev-matching, and sends power to the rear wheels. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 4.4 seconds. With the optional quick-shifting M Double-Clutch automatic transmission, 0-60 mph times drops to 4.2 seconds.
Built with a wider track, the M2 uses a lightweight aluminum suspension. New M-developed electric power steering aims to provide precise feel. Front brake rotors are 15-inch, gripped by four-piston calipers. M Dynamic Mode is said to counteract both oversteer and understeer. Also included is a fully variable Active M differential. An automatic Start/Stop function is standard.
Standard equipment includes power heated front sport seats with lumbar support, Dakota leather upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, an adjustable front armrest, carbon fiber interior trim, auto-dimming inside and outside mirrors, automatic headlights, rain sensor, universal garage-door opener, 19-inch black double-spoke alloy wheels. Also standard are xenon headlights, adaptive light control, automatic climate control, dynamic cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, Harman/Kardon premium sound, real-time traffic information, BMW Online and BMW Apps, and Shadowline exterior trim.
An optional Executive Package ($1,250) includes a heated steering wheel, rearview camera, rear park distance control, automatic high beams, active driving assistant, and speed-limit information. The double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic adds $2,900.
The basic 2 Series has been called the most traditional-type BMW on the market nowadays and the M2 adds to the coupe's visceral appeal. Priced at $51,700 (plus ($995 destination charge), the M2 is scheduled to go on sale in April 2016.
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