One week after details of the BMW M2's pricing and specifications were leaked online, BMW Australia has confirmed that its M2 sports coupe will be priced from $89,900 in manual "M2 Pure" form - making it the most affordable M-car in the company's history.
And unlike its predecessor the 1 Series M Coupe, the M2 will also be available in automatic form.
Equipped with a seven-speed twin-clutch auto borrowed from the M3/M4, the automatic "M2" scores more standard equipment than the M2 Pure and retails from $98,900 - $1000 less than the 1 Series M Coupe cost back in 2012.
Both models will also come with more standard equipment than somewhat basic 1M Coupe, including features like a DAB+ digital radio tuner, climate control, satellite navigation with live traffic data, cruise control, bi-xenon headlamps, Internet connectivity, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking.
The interior also gets Dakota leather upholstery and the generous application of carbon fibre trim.
Go for the auto-equipped M2, and besids the seven-speed twin clutch automatic you also gain adaptive headlamps, keyless entry, a high-end Harman Kardon audio system, electric front seats, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles plus electrically adjusted and heated front seats.
Both models will offer the same 3.0 litre turbocharge six-cylinder engine pushing out 272kW and 465Nm of torque with a 500Nm overboost function.
The auto-equipped M2 also gains a launch control function, with the M2 able to hit 100km/h from standstill in 4.3 seconds. The manual M2 Pure takes at 4.5 seconds to achieve the same feat.
BMW has also programmed the 7 speed twin-clutch to slip the clutch when the car is on the threshold of oversteer, reducing torque to the rear wheels to stabilise the car without cutting power entirely.
The manual might have one less ratio and be slower to triple-digit speds, but with a carbon fibre clutch and automatic rev-matching on downshifts it promises to be both durable enough and driveable enough for both road and track.
An active M differential takes power to the rear wheels, with lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels and unique widebody styling making up the rest of the M2 package.
The BMW M2 goes on sale in the second quarter of 2016, and unlike the 1M Coupe there won't be any limit on how many will be brought into the country.
- BMW M2 Pure 6-sp manual: $89,900
- BMW M2 7-sp auto: $98,900
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NOTE: Overseas model shown