Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the long-awaited BMW M2. After spy shots, teasers and rumours one gets to see what BMW’s M-Divisions entry level car brings to the table. Before one starts talking about technical stuff, one can see that this little beast looks the business.
The M2 shares some BMW M235i genes but has some changes to them. The 3.0 liter in-line six forks out a healthy 365hp and 465Nm up from the standard 320hp and 425Nm you get in the M135i. The M2 features a Twin-Scroll exhaust manifold–integrated turbocharger. When combined with direct injection a Double-VANOS system, custom pistons and bearings from the M3 and M4.
The M2 comes Standard with a six-speed manual gear box that is good for a 0-100km/h 4.4Secs. The optional dual-clutch automatic that comes with launch control is a bit quicker with a 0-100km/h in 4.2secs. The M2 will hit an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
Stopping power comes from four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear. Another big development on the M2 is the fitment of an active rear differential. The M2 has lost 38kgs over the M235i. It might not sound like much, but I’m sure it means a world of difference to some BMW fans. Aesthetically the M2 receives an epic looking body kit, 19inch forged wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sports tyres that fit snugly under those flared wheel archers. The front fascia looks spectacular with those front intakes. Though the rear bumper does look like it came from the 2015 X6 M, but it suits it pretty well. Quad pipes come as standard, can’t wait to see it on South African roads.