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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.


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.


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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