BMW finally brings the M2 to the States. An M2 prototype was spotted in California as the new “baby-M” was heading to the Laguna Seca race track for some hot laps. The test mule features the Melbourne Red paint job with the now typical BMW camouflage which hides some of the design details. According to an on-site witness, who also spoke with the test driver, the M2 sounds great and handled well over the 10 laps run.
This M2 mule has the twin double-exhaust system and the production ready bodykit with flared fenders and aggressive front fascia. The 2016 BMW M2 uses the chassis technology, largely unadjusted, of the current M3 and M4, associated with the unique in its class weight distribution of 50 to 50 between the two axles. The M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class.
The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.
The launch color palette will be limited. Our sources couldn’t say how many and what colors will be added in the future, but at the launch, the M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire.
First units of the 2016 BMW M2 will be delivered next Spring.