And was the wait worth it?
Yes, the wait for the BMW M2 was long as hell. For months we lived off of crumbs of information, be it leaked images or engine info. Hell, we even gave you the heads-up on how to get your order in. Now we can talk about the car itself as BMW has finally released all of its official details. First off, know that according to BMW the M2 is a descendant "in its underlying philosophy" of both the E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo, the latter of which was released in 1973 and not in 2002.
Powering the all-new M2 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six good for 370 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. That torque figure jumps to 369 lb-ft when overboost is activated. With the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and launch control, the M2 rockets from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and onto an electronically limited (boo) top speed of 155 mph. The 0 to 62 mph time drops to 4.4 seconds with the six-speed manual which is equipped with automatic rev matching. There's an Active M Differential, M electronic steering and M compound brakes to keep the power in check. The coolest addition is a sort of drift mode, called M Dynamic Mode. When activated it allows the wheels to slip somewhat for a controlled drift.
In terms of looks the M2 is appropriately aggressive. The air intakes up front are simply beastly and the mixed tire sizes give the coupe an imposing stance. The 19-inch aluminum wheels and twin-exhaust are also badass.
We couldn't help but notice the absence of M3/M4-like side mirrors. Inside there’s a mix of carbon fiber and Alcantara along with a M badging and parts, including an M steering wheel and gearshift lever. The 1 Series M Coupe was ridiculously popular and the M2 is looking like it’ll receive the same fanfare. BMW drummed up a lot of excitement with the run-up to this reveal and did not disappoint. We’ll have to wait until the reviews and comparisons come in, but at first blush the M2 looks like a success.