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The new BMW M2 debuts at the NAIAS Detroit.

The new BMW M2 is the only M automobile in its vehicle segment. The new Coupé debuts at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2016 in Detroit. Here is all you need to know about.

BMW M2 will debut at the NAIAS 2016 in Detroit

Back in the early 1970s, the BMW 2002 turbo was already causing heads to turn and hearts to flutter. Indeed, the compact high-performance sports car perfectly encapsulated BMW’s resolution to deliver outstanding dynamics, agility and car control.

And now, over 40 years on, BMW M GmbH is unveiling the new BMW M2, as if to demonstrate once again that this commitment is alive and well. With its high-performance six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive agility, lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension and extrovert styling, the new BMW M2 Coupe has all the ingredients to deliver the last word in driving pleasure.

BMW M2 - Front

The newly developed three-litre six-cylinder in-line unit powering the BMW M2 uses state-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm and, in so doing, lays down a marker in the high-performance compact sports car segment. The same applies to power delivery. 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, all of which enables the new BMW M2 with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) and Launch Control to accelerate from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds.

With more torque than the previous-generation BMW M3 and more horsepower than its predecessor, the BMW 1M Coupe, the all-new BMW M2 ensures a heartpounding, unbeatable driving experience.

Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), or 270 km/h (168 mph) if the M Driver’s Package is specified. Yet, with its M DCT transmission, the car is also keen to emphasise its outstanding efficiency. And even greater driving pleasure is on the cards when the Dynamic Stability Control system’s M Dynamic Mode (MDM) is activated. MDM allows wheel slip and therefore moderate, controlled drifts on the track.

After it was unveiled Mid-October 2015 for the very first time online, the new BMW M2 will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2016 in Detroit. We’ll cover this event live at the BMW MOTOR SHOW BLOG, starting at the January, 11th and bring you all the news and live-photos from the fair ground. So follow us at the Blog, on Facebook and Instagram!

Published: 30. December 2015

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Thomas Gigold has been writing about cars for more than ten years. He loves long road trips, is father of three and lives in Germany. Thomas is the Editor-in-chief at the MOTOR SHOW BLOG. Learn more.

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