2016 BMW M2 Coupe Specs, Spy Shots and Review

Good news for those who are waiting the launching of the high performance coupe, the 2016 BMW M2. Recent reports told that by the end of 2015, the M2 coupe should be available in dealership’s showrooms. AutoExpress also claims that the M2 will be revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January.

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In an interview with the British magazine, the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke said: “In the 1M Coupe , we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe.”

Exterior

Billed as the successor to the well-regarded 1-Series M, the M2 will gain a full body kit inspired by the track-only M235i Racing that was unveiled earlier this year. The M2’s body kit will include a highly-sculpted front bumper, a bulged hood, fender flares, side skirts and a trunk-mounted spoiler. As seen on this prototype, the M2 will sport BMW M’s signature quad-exhaust outlets.

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BMW will tap into its carbon fiber expertise in order to lower the car’s weight and improve efficiency, agility and performance. Although the M2 will unmistakably look like a member of the 2-Series family when viewed from the outside, it will ride on a heavily-modified chassis packed with technology gleaned from the M3/M4 duo.

Other upgrades include wider wheels and tires, factors hinted at by the camouflage over the fender flares on the car seen in the spy photographs. Reminiscent of the fender flares found on the track-ready (but sadly not U.S.-bound) M235i Racing, the M2’s look is aggressive and purposeful without being excessive.

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Upgraded suspension, M Division traction and stability control calibration, and, likely, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential could all further enhance the M2’s performance over the capable but still restrained M235i.

Interior

Staying in line with the rest of BMW’s M-badged lineup, the M2 will boast a sport-focused interior with bucket seats for the front passengers, a M-specific instrument cluster, a sport steering wheel and available carbon fiber trim on the dashboard.

Powertrain

At 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the S55 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder might be overkill for the M2—or at the least might step on the larger, more expensive toes of the M3 and M4—but even something in the upper-300-horsepower range would be welcome. The M235i’s 320-horsepower N55 engine never feels like it’s lacking despite the 3,555-pound curb weight it has to lug around, and we’ve also heard that a upgraded version of this engine may be fitted to the new M2.

All models regardless of transmission type will come standard with an electronic limited-slip differential.

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Price and Release Date

The 2016 BMW M2 coupe won’t be there until late 2015, offered as 2016 model year. That being said, the pricing will start from approximately $55,000. Until the arrival of this high performance coupe in the market, competitors should be busy preparing themselves to welcome the additional competition.

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