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The near-perfect BMW 1 Series M Coupe finally has a capable – not to mention good-looking – successor in the form of the all-new M2. The latest member of the M family leads the 2 Series lineup ahead of the M235i.

Like the model it’s replacing, the M2 is driven by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine, only it is more potent this time with 365 hp at 6,500 rpm and 465 Nm of torque available between 1,450 and 4,750 rpm. An overboost function raises the torque count by 35 Nm.

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Despite getting only one twin-scroll turbocharger, the engine has been fortified with a handful of parts sourced from the M3 and M4‘s S55 unit. These include the pistons, which feature optimised top rings for the use of grey-cast iron liners, as well as the crankshaft main bearing shells. The engine is also equipped with high-performance spark plugs designed to work at higher temperatures.

Perhaps to cater to a wider range of audience, BMW is offering the M2 with either a seven-speed M DCT or a six-speed manual unit. The former comes with Launch Control to send the car darting from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. The coupe will take an extra 0.2 second to reach the same speed with the manual. Regardless of transmissions, the M2 has a top speed of 250 km/h.

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Elsewhere, you can expect the M2 to be packed with lots performance-oriented elements like the automatic rev-matching for the manual variant, sport exhaust system with electrically controlled flap, and M electric power steering, to name a few. Unlike the M235i, which only offers optional limited-slip differential, the M2 is fortified with permanent, electronically-controlled LSD with 0 to 100 percent locking.

The M2 gets aluminium front and rear axles from the M3/M4, with aluminium struts and tubular anti-roll bar. In order to ensure accurate wheel location, play-free ball joints are used to transmit transverse forces. The longitudinal forces passing through the suspension are transmitted directly via special elastomer bearings, leading to precise handling feedback.

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As for braking power, the M2 gets M compound brakes – 15-inch rotor with four-piston caliper at the front, 14.5-inch rotor with two-piston at the rear. Blue metallic finish and M logo adorn the calipers, which hide behind the 19-inch forged wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

It doesn’t look much different from the M235i but you won’t mistake the M2 for its predecessor thanks to the large air intakes on the front bumper. The coupe also gets black kidney grilles and a smattering of M logos. The coupe’s broad rear end features a trunk spoiler, L-shaped taillights as well as quad tailpipes.

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Inside, the M2 is equipped with sports seats in black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and a M logo in the backrest, footrest and knee pad on the centre console, M2-specific instrument panel as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

 

 

 



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