The BMW M2 is that Bavarian sporty coupe embracing the true free spirit image

The world’s largest luxury automaker made it official a week ago – the 2 Series model lineup finally got a much deserved M Motorsports official version, topping the snazzy M 235i.

For more than three decades, the Motorsports division has been dumping its coveted M initial on the company’s passenger cars that were turned into out of the world speed machines. The relatively new 2 Series has been highly prized since it landed across the world and BMW has now moved away from experimenting with the MPV segment to recouping a traditional strong feature – giving the model lineup an official representative in the company’s M roster. The M235i version, which carries the badge while not being doctored by the division experts has been highly praised – for example the influential Consumer Reports magazine gave it an almost perfect score of 98 out of 100 points.

But now the M2 comes to succeed in the long dynasty of M3 (now also M4) sporty coupes that turned into cultural icons – and it’s a great addition to the lineup considering the latest midsize M – an M4 Convertible for example, can reach the price and luxury territory of a Porsche 911. So, the M2 is kind of old school and follows the DNA of the original M3 that made do back in 1985 with an inline-four churning out 197 hp from 2.3 liters. You do get contemporary grunt – the regular 3.0 twin-scroll, turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine has been pumped up to 365 horsepower and thus can reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Via Business Insider