The next few months are all about the new BMW M2. With the 7 Series and X1 unveils out of the way, the focus now shifts towards the new, hot compact which is due out this Fall. According to our sources, the world premiere will take place at the LA Auto Show in November, but the official images should hit the web a couple of months before.
Just yesterday, the first M2 prototype in the U.S. was seen in Northern California at the Laguna Seca race track, but testing continues in Europe also, on the legendary Nurburgring. This Black Sapphire M2 prototype was spotted on the track during a rainy session, perfect to test the car’s ability on a slick surface.
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.
M2 customers will get to pick from four paint jobs: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Black Sapphire. The interior is offered in a black with blue stitching combination.
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