BMW M2 to be offered in two variants, starting from $89,900

Available from Q2, 2016, the BMW M2 appeals to us on a very deep level. The combination of big power (272kW and 465Nm), small stature, rear-wheel drive and manual transmission availability makes the M2 one of the most tantalising 2016 prospects.

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From launch it will be available in two variants, commencing with the M2 Pure at $89,900, plus on-road costs. Both are powered by a tuned version of BMW’s 3.0-litre in-line turbo-six.

Available only in six-speed manual form, the M2 Pure offers solid mechanical spec as standard. The Active M differential and M compound brakes are the headliners, though there’s other kit such as sat-nav, auto air-con, carbon fibre interior trim, leather upholstery, rear view camera and rear park distance control too.

Step up for the M2 and you gain a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and added specification. Pricing for the M2 starts at $98,900 plus on-roads. Rest easy, though… the six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option.

The M2 gains electric lumbar and seat adjustment, adaptive headlights and harman/kardon surround sound among other enhancements.

Opt for the dual-clutch and you gain useful functionality, including stability clutch control, creep on demand and a rear-wheel slip function. Launch control is also featured.

The manual, however, has also been enhanced with shift synchronisation (allowing for automated throttle blipping on downshifts) and a carbon fibre friction lining.

Acceleration from standstill to 100km/h is claimed at 4.3sec for the DCT, 4.5sec for the three-pedal M2 Pure.

The M2’s exterior is set apart from the sweet 2 Series (see what we thought of the 228i here) with an aero-inspired front apron, M double-spoke kidney grille, rear spoiler, integrated rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips.

Is the M2 the true successor to the original E30 M3? We can’t wait to find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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