We Saw the 2016 BMW M2 in Person and Wanted to Do Bad Things to It

We Saw the 2016 BMW M2 in Person and Wanted to Do Bad Things to It

BMW and its cars have been accused of getting a bit soft, but the 2016 M2 that made its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show has done a lot to restore our faith in the “Ultimate Driving Machine.”

This M2 has enthusiasts so excited because it’s a throwback to classic M models. Powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder, the M2 outputs 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, and boost can be increased to 369 lb-ft in short bursts with the car’s overboost function. Because it weighs only 3,295 pounds, the M2 has a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds, and that light weight and near 50/50 weight distribution means that this coupe will be a seriously fun track warrior.

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Further increasing our lust for this car, it comes with a manual transmission! No, it won’t be as fast as the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, but we all know the manual is a dying breed, and this is just a sign that BMW hasn’t forgotten about the die-hard driving enthusiasts. Combined with a launch control feature, those enthusiasts should have plenty to keep them entertained.

What could be the best M car since the performance division’s glory days, the M2 is promising a return to BMW’s roots, and this is one car we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of. Pricing starts at $52,695 including destination.

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