The Swiss BMW site – bmw.ch – just launched an online configurator of the new BMW M2. The customization and pricing tool allows any customer to individually search for the perfect configuration. In Switzerland, the M2 – with a manual transmission – has a base MSRP of 69,900 Swiss Francs, or around $71,300 at today’s currency exchange rates. The DCT variant costs 74,850 Francs – $76,330.
The new BMW M2 is available in four exterior paint finishes – Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey. The cabin is fitted with a host of BMW M-specific equipment details – Sports seats, in black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and an M logo in the backrests, an M footrest and knee pad on the center console and instruments with BMW M2-specific dials and needles.
Familiar M equipment items in the new BMW M2 Coupe also include M logos on the rev counter, gearshift lever, door sill plates and M leather steering wheel with shift paddles. Other highlights of the interior are the new BMW M2 trim strip with surfacing in porous carbon fiber and Alcantara for the door cards and parking brake lever gaiter.
Standard equipment also includes lightweight 19-inch forged wheels (front axle: 9J x 19, rear axle 10J x 19) which substantially reduce rotating and unsprung masses. Together with the exclusive 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (front axle: 245/35 ZR 19, rear axle: 265/35 ZR 19), they ensure proper grip on the track and great comfort on the road.
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BMW M2 uses a brand-new six-cylinder in-line engine, with M TwinPower Turbo technology and three-liter displacement, develops 272 kW/370 hp with peak torque of 465 Nm / 343 lb-ft. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under overboost. With the optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) in place and Launch Control activated, BMW M2 sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds (4.5 s with the six-speed manual gearbox).
The BMW M2 Coupe will celebrate its market debut in April 2016 and will be sold in Germany at prices starting at 56,700 euros. In the U.S., the M2 is rumored to be priced at around $51,000.