BMW has unveiled the newest member of its M product family, the all-new 2016 BMW M2.
The 1-Series M Coupe successor features an aggressive front bumper, revised grille, front fender vents, widened wheel arches, new rear bumper and a diffuser which is flanked by a typical M-style four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.
There is also a minimalist rear spoiler and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped with bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The interior is very familiar to the outgoing model, featuring Dakota leather sport seats with blue contrast stitching, M logos on the backrests, M-branded footrest, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and knee pads on the center console. You can also notice M-branded sill plates and carbon fiber trim.
Under the bonnet is a 365bhp 3.0-litre M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine with 343 lb-ft of torque or 369 lb-ft with overboost.
When linked to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the M2 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission does the sprint in 4.2 seconds.
Other notable goodies include aluminium suspension components and aluminium front and rear axles sourced from the M3 / M4, as well as M-tuned electronic power steering system, an Active M Differential and a high-performance braking system with vented and perforated discs as well as four- and two-piston calipers which have a blue metallic finish.
PRiced at £44,070 the M2 will go against the likes of Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 when it goes on sale in April 2016.
What separates it from the RS3 and CLA 45 is the rear-wheel drive and the choice of a manual gearbox. That’s something many people still appreciate and want from a performance car.