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Saturday 24 September 2016
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New BMW M2 Coupe Will Start Around $50,000

New BMW M2 Coupe Will Start Around $50,000

The curtain is finally up on BMW’s new M2 coupe and X4 M40i models. The automaker revealed them both Monday at the North American International Auto Show and one thing is clear from the first look: BMW is focused on performance. 

2016 BMW M2

The M2 is clearly the star of the show. It is the first M2 ever and uses the automakers M branch performance. It acts as the entry model to the M GmbH. This is clear from its new M TwinPower Turbo 3-liter 6-cylinder engine with 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft torque between 1,400 and 5,560. There is an overboost function that bumps the torque to 369 with between 1,450 and 4,750. With the overboost, the M2 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Its top speed is 155 mph.  Rev-matching six-speed manual is standard. Dual-clutch transmission is optional.

The new M2 is about 100 pounds lighter than its M235i predecessor depending on the model. It does this with the heavy use of lightweight aluminum.

It brings the latest in safety technology with the ConnectedDrive Package that includes Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Park Distance Control and a rearview camera.

It will go on sale this April and start at $51,700.

2016 BMW X4 M40i

The X4 M40i is no slouch either.

It meets the M standard with a newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine. This engine is making its world debut at the show and gives the model 355 horsepower and 343 lb-ft torque.

It gets a top speed of 150 mph and does 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. It uses the latest technology with a sleek exterior chassis that meet the M Performance specifications. It also brings the latest in tech with ConnectDrive, intelligent xDrive, and TwinScroll turbo technology.

The X4 M40i goes on sale next month and starts at $57,800.

Photo Credit: NAIAS