BMW is introducing a hot little number to its M Performance line up. Designed to replace the 1 M Coupe, the 2016 M2 Coupe pulls out in front of its predecessor with 365 horsepower, a brand new more powerful turbocharged engine, and a lightweight aluminum suspension. The other big things to know are that it features M TwinPower Turbo Technology, a manual gearbox and a fully variable Active M Differential.
Starting under the hood, the new 3.0-liter 6-cylinder inline gas engine uses M TwinPower Turbo technology with a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, variable camshaft timing, and variable valve lift control. It packs 343 pound-ft of torque and launches with rear wheel drive from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with standard six-speed manual. The optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission shaves 0.2 seconds off that time for a 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. M DCT uses two gearboxes and offers drivers the option of shifting from automatic to manual mode with both a gearshift lever on the center console and paddle shifters.
The design focuses on lightweight rigidness with a low weight axle system that uses aluminum in the control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes, and stiffening plate that BMW says weighs in 11 pounds less than a standard steel system. Aluminum is used in the suspension struts and anti-roll bar as well. The focus on weight is also found in the M compound brakes that come standard and are made from grey cast iron with an aluminum brake disc hub. All this adds up to a curb weight of 3,450 pounds.
It’s a hot looking coupe, too. The M2 gets a muscular look with eye catching aggressive lines, but it also finds balance and isn’t in the least bit gaudy (not that a Beamer could be). It shows its BMW blood with a three-dimensional “shark nose” grille and a modern twist on the traditional twin circular headlights. The front end gets a special large apron with trapezoidal blades and Air Curtains in the outer air intakes that seem to shout, “faster” and also serve the useful function of keeping the powerful engine cool.
Inside, it’s just what you’d expect an M Performance branded car to be – sporty. Seats are outfitted in Dakota Black Leather with contrasting Polar Blue stitching and the M Logo embossed on the headrests. The automaker notes that the leather on the steering wheel and gearshift paddles are brought over from racing sports for fast and comfortable shifting. The cockpit features direct driver access to all driving dynamic controls and a heads-up display to keep drivers in tune with their vehicle.
The M2 pulls into dealerships this spring.