BMW M2 is old school fun. Mercedes should watch its back

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Following the early leaks, BMW M2 is finally here in all its glory. The Bavarian power house goes back to its roots with a light, powerful uber-coupe, something Mercedes doesn’t yet have in its line-up.

Embargoes exist just to be broken, apparently. Yesterday afternoon all the official information regarding the mighty new BMW M2 was already floating on the internet, thanks to a leaked spread from the British magazine Auto Express.

Most details are already known, but for the sake of conversation we will make a quick recap. Power is provided by a three-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine, good for 370 hp and 465 (500 in overboost) Nm. All this to propel you via the DCT automatic transmission in 4.3 seconds to 100 km/h. Top speed is 250 km / h. Without the limiter, courtesy of the M Drivers Package, it can go all the way up to 270 km / h.

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Average consumption is 8.5 l / 100 km for the BMW M2 with a six-speed manual transmission – the CO2 emissions are rated at 199 g / km. For the M2 with seven-speed DCT automatic transmission, these figures are 7.9 l / 100 km and 185 g / km respectively.

The suspension is made up of components that are also used for the M3 / M4. Optimum traction is guaranteed by the electronic M differential. Drivers who like to visit the limits may activate the M Dynamic Mode stability of the system, which allows the electronics (to some extent) to react just a little bit latter – for the sake of pure old fun that is.

In addition to the usual M look spoilers you can recognize an M2 thanks to the four exhaust pipes and its 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, BMW’s sporty arm has thrown in some carbon and M-labels on top of the Alcantara in which the center console and doors are finished. Blue stitching provide the necessary contrast.

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No manual! BMW M2 will come as standard with the DCT automatic transmission. Commercial debut is slated for April 2016.