BMW is currently testing the upcoming M2 in Northern Sweden to see how it handles cold and snowy weather. The new compact M car is set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show with sales beginning later this year.
The BMW M2 Coupe will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter in line six-cylinder direct injection petrol engine, not the same powerplant used in the new M3/M4. The engine code is S57 B30, a newly developed unit based on the B57 TwinScroll Turbocharged unit. The S57 can produce up to 400 horsepower. BMW M2 is rumored to have 360-370 horsepower.
Just like the M3 and M4, the new F87 M2 will have both a manual and 7-speed DCT with shift paddles.
Sources suggest the new M2 Coupe will be geared for a 0-62mph time of 4.4 sec in seven speed dual clutch guise – 0.5 sec faster than the 1M and 0.2 sec slower than the M4. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Early examples of the M2 Coupe will be sold exclusively in rear-wheel drive configuration, complete with an electronically controlled limited slip differential that incorporates a torque vectoring function for enhanced traction. An xDrive version will be offered in selected markets (U.S. is most likely one of them) at a later date.
The lightweight components on the M2 could bring the weight below 1530kg.
In the UK, the BMW M2 is likely to sell for 45,000 pounds. We believe the price point in the U.S. will be around $50,000.[Source: Autocar]