Geneva Motor Show LIVE: BMW M2 Coupe image

The new baby M model is aiming towards rivals like Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 and Audi RS3, promising them one hell of a fight on the performance front.

BMW’s high performance division has finally got its hands on the 2 Series, and the M badge means that its rivals have something to worry about. A compact wicked BMW sports car has always caused heads to turn and the new M2 Coupe is no different, making no secret of its intentions. The aggressive stance is highlighted by the low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with characteristic M gills, low profile 19-inch aluminium wheels in the familiar M double-spoke design and by the wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system. The well-known M theme is also to be found inside. The Alcantara of the door and centre console together with porous carbon fibre creates the proper ambience, while the sporty ambition is underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details. The sports seats, an M steering wheel and an M gearshift lever complement the cabin.

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The new BMW M2 Coupe comes to life via the newly developed three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine in with M TwinPower Turbo technology that develops 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm. The peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under the overboost feature. The setup enables the M2 Coupe with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and Launch Control function to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

A top-notch driving performance is ensured by the lightweight aluminium front and rear axles lifted from the BMW M3/M4 models, M Servotronic steering with two settings and by the electronically controlled Active M Differential.