SMOKE SIGNALS? BMW's new M2 Coupe will be a smaller and cheaper performance alternative to the M4, and probably even more fun
SMOKE SIGNALS? BMW's new M2 Coupe will be a smaller and cheaper performance alternative to the M4, and probably even more fun Uwe Fischer

BMW's M2 confirmed as a successor to past legends

REMEMBER BMW's stonking 1 M Coupe? Or for history buffs the E30 M3 and 2002 Turbo?

Well, performance fans, here is the spiritual successor to these small, rear-drive game-changers now taking pride of place in BMW's glittering Hall of Fame. 

This is BMW's new M2 Coupe, and it already looks a shoe-in for greatness.

Offering 272kW/465Nm from its boosted 3.0-litre six-cylinder (or up to 500Nm with an overboost function), it cracks the 0-100kmh sprint in 4.3-seconds.  That's almost M3/M4 quick (though obviously BMW wouldn't allow cheaper little brother to trump their 4.1-second times), and would have bought entry to the supercar club not long ago.

A manual gearbox is, blessedly, standard equipment, with a dual-clutch auto cog swapper optional. 

2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed Uwe Fischer

BMW says the M2's aluminium suspension components are inspired by the M3/M4, while a smart Active M Differential locks from zero to 100% depending on where the system decides power is best distributed.

And it looks like a proper M car. Wheel arches are flared an extra 55mm up front and 80mm at rear over the normal 2 Series coupe, joining a low front bumper with gaping air intakes, wide rear bumper with M-spec twin-tailpipes and a subtle boot lid spoiler.

Under the arches sit 19-inch double-spoke alloys at each corner, with 380mm (front) and 350mm (rear) rotors gripped by four-pot/two-pot callipers behind. And, perhaps most fun, DCT shoppers gain a "Smokey Burnout" function which BMW says allows a degree of wheelspin at low speeds. Yes, really.

2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed Uwe Fischer

But with 272kW going through the rear treads, we're confident purists who opt for a clutch pedal variant will have little trouble indulging in their own man-made organic smoky burnouts - in controlled environments rather than the nearest industrial park, naturally.

BMW Australia said at the local X1 launch that it hopes to introduce the M2 in the first half of 2016.

No word on an RRP down under, but UK prices show the M2 costs about 20 per cent less than the M4, which like-for-like would have our M2s come in at around the $110-120k mark.   

2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed
2016 BMW M2 Coupe. Photo: Contributed Uwe Fischer


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