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.
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.