The wait is over. We finally have official details about one of the most anticipated BMWs in years. Better yet, it appears that the M2 is much, much more than a massaged M235i.
The whole thing is an aggressive, menacing looking thing. Huge fender flares hide 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 245 section tires up front and 265 section tires in the rear, and the front fascia looks like its ready to devour small children. It’s anything but subtle; M badges can be found absolutely everywhere from brake calipers, to wheels, to bits of interior, and if that’s not enough the quad-trumpet exhaust will make sure everyone with an earshot knows you’re driving something special.
More importantly, it appears this new car is a proper driving machine. The M2 uses the N55 3.0l straight-six from the M235i, though it now produces 365bhp and 343 ft-lbs of torque. It also has an ‘overboost’ function, whereby it’s able to produce 369lb-ft of torque between 1,450 and 7,750 rpm – that’s right, the M2 revs to nearly eight grand. Buyers are able to choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. Naturally, the DCT shaves 0.2 seconds off the M2’s 0-60mph time.
Official prices are yet to be announced, though we’re willing to bet that all that old school BMW goodness won’t come cheap.