2016 BMW M2 Coupé specs leak ahead of launch
2016 BMW M2 Coupé spotted – latest pictures
Successor to 1-series M Coupe gets 365bhp, an electronic differential in addition to a choice of manual or automatic gearbox
The BMW M2 will have 365bhp in addition to crack 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, according to specifications which have emerged on the internet ahead of the auto’s scheduled launch This particular evening.
Leaked magazine coverage of the long-awaited successor to the BMW 1M Coupe reveals which the auto gets an individual-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder motor, with 365bhp in addition to 343lb ft of torque – although a further 26lb ft will be available on overboost between 1450rpm in addition to 4750rpm.
Those figures will be enough for the M2 to reach 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds when equipped using a manual gearbox – or 4.3sec if the optional dual-clutch DCT transmission can be fitted. All M2s will get an electronic limited-slip rear differential as standard.
The M2 can be due on sale in April next year after a public debut at the Detroit motor show, with prices starting at £44,070 for the manual edition in addition to £46,575 for the auto DCT variation.
BMW has already teased the M2’s official reveal for 11pm This particular evening. Check back on Autocar for full details in addition to an extensive gallery of pictures on the latest M car.
Prototypes of the M2 have previously been spotted performing hot laps at the iconic Nürburgring circuit. The pictures show the M2’s production-ready front bumper in addition to quad-exit ‘M-double’ exhaust system at the rear, which can be synonymous with BMW’s M performance division. Bigger brakes, larger wheels, flared wheel arches in addition to more aggressive front air intakes can also be seen on the performance coupé.
A heavy cloak of secrecy has previously surrounded the completely new engine, which can be also earmarked to power a range of future petrol powered ‘M Performance’ designs for BMW M’s subordinate go-faster brand.
Early examples of the M2 Coupé will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel-drive configuration, complete with an electronically controlled limited slip differential which incorporates a torque vectoring function for enhanced traction.
However, Autocar understands BMW’s M division can be planning to make a four-wheel-drive xDrive option available for the M2 Coupé in selected markets later on as part of a broader sales strategy which will see the item offered as an option on all future series production M designs.
Further performance-enhancing initiatives include the use of many lightweight components, bringing the M2 Coupé’s kerbweight down to a reported 1495kg. Among them will be a carbonfibre strut brace within the engine bay in addition to composite plastic panels – developments first seen on the completely new M3 in addition to M4.
Differentiating the completely new M2 Coupé via the existing M235i Coupé will be uniquely styled front in addition to rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid in addition to standard 19-inch wheels.
The M2 Coupé can be planned to be produced at BMW’s Eisenach plant in Germany. Volumes are likely to be limited, with around 1000 examples of the M2 scheduled to come to the UK.
Despite early rumours suggesting an open-top M2 Cabriolet might arrive late in 2016, Autocar understands which only the M2 Coupé can be planned.
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