Under the bonnet lies a newly developed 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder engine paired with M TwinPower turbo technology to deliver 272kW of power at 6500rpm. Torque measures 465Nm, but an overboost function can deliver 500Nm in short bursts.
As a result, when paired with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission the M2 Coupe can dash from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds, just 0.2 seconds behind the more powerful M3 sedan and M4 coupe.
Fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 l/100km on the official test cycle.
The M2 Coupe rolls on lightweight aluminium front and rear axles borrowed from the larger M3 and M4, dressed in 19x9-inch front, and 19x10-inch rear alloy wheels, with 245/35 R19 and 265/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
Other performance upgrades include two-mode M Servotronic steering, M compound brakes, mounted in blue-painted calipers with front and rear cross-drilled rotors, and an electronically controlled Active M differential.
An M Dynamic Mode for the stability control system loosens the intervention threshold and allows for “controlled drifts on the track”.
From the outside the M2 Coupe muscles up thanks to swollen front and rear guards to swallow the wider front and rear axles, styled to pay homage to the BmW 2002 turbo and 3.0 CSL racers of the 1970s, as well as uniquely styled M-specific bumpers front and rear.
Each front guard sports a chrome-bladed vent, the bootlid gains a slimline lip spoiler, and beneath the rear bumper lurks a set of trademark M quad pipes.
The exhaust system also features an electrically controlled flap, to vary the exhaust note depending on the driving conditions.
The standard six-speed manual transmission features a carbon-fibre friction lining for enhanced shift precision, dry sump lubrication, and a rev matching system for smoother shifts and increased on-track stability. Those that would rather perfect their own shifts can deactivate the system with the stability control turned off.
Those that opt for the seven-speed M DCT automatic will receive a transmission capable of pre-selecting the expected next gear, based on engine RPM and throttle position. All the driver needs to do to activate the change is tap the steering wheel paddles to operate the clutches, allowing for faster gear changes.
On the inside BMW’s full suite of ConnectedDrive services is available, including colission and pedestrian warning systems, as well as city braking and lane departure warning.
For enthusiasts BMW offers an M Laptimer app and GoPro app the former offers track-telemetry allowing drivers to download lap-by-lap analytics, while the latter provides GoPro control via the vehicle’s iDrive controller.
Australia is in line to receive the M2 Coupe, however an official launch schedule is yet to be disclosed.
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