BMW M2

 

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BMW’s model line up has grown quite extensively, both in the number of models and the physical size of the cars. BMW’s bread and butter, the 3-series, has grown so much in recent years that there was enough space to introduce a smaller model positioned beneath it. The 1 and 2 series respectively fill that small car gap in the line up. The last generation 1-series even had a proper M model, the 1M, and it was a magical recipe. So much so that BMW will release it’s direct successor, the M2, in a couple of weeks.

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The 1M was such a success that residual values of the car have sky rocketed in recent years. It is easy to see why with a 335 hp twin-turbo straight six, manual transmission and rear wheel drive powering the smallest car in BMW’s line up. As the 1-series is no longer sold here in North America, BMW will replace the 1M with the M2.

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The M2 is reportedly going to keep the same formula going forward. It will have a 3.0L twin-turbocharged straight six engine with 365 hp and 342 lb-ft of torque driving power to the rear wheels. However, there is said to be an overboost feature that will bump the torque figure to 368 lb-ft for a short period of time.

It should be noted, and celebrated, that the M2 will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while a 7-speed dual clutch transmission will be an option. In a time where manual transmissions are going by the wayside to make room for faster dual clutches, it is nice to see BMW soldiering on with a 3 peddle set-up.

Reports are coming in saying that the BMW will officially reveal the M2 around October 14th, so stay tuned for more!

 

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