The BMW M2 Coupe is the direct heir to the successful BMW 1 Series M Coupe: a compact high-performance sports car that makes heads to turn and hearts flutter just as BMW did over 40 years ago. This car is a clear descendant of the original E30 BMW M3 and the BMW 2002 turbo, which indeed perfectly encapsulated BMW’s resolution to deliver outstanding dynamics, exceptional agility and optimum car control. The new BMW M2. This car boasts a high-performance six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive agility, lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension and extrovert styling – really instilling that pleasurable experience of a sports car.

P90199711_highRes_the-new-bmw-m2-coupeThe new M2 Coupe makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential. The car even looks like the personification of this promise for power, with a low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with characteristic M gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system. The interior is what makes this car feel special though, with sports seats, an M sports steering wheel and an M gearshift lever. The Alcantara of the door cards and centre console together with porous carbon fibre creates an ambience of rare quality and heady sporting ambition further underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details.

The more technical details are no less than impressive also, with a newly developed, three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine, deploying cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology at 6,500 rpm. It is enabled with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) and Launch Control to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds with extreme efficiency (fuel consumption of just 35.8 mpg). The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

P90203625_highRes_bmw-m2-coup-with-bmwIn keeping with its performance-focused setup, the M2 provides intelligent connectivity when you want it. The seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic, available as an option, changes gears with extraordinary speed but no interruption in the flow of power. A wide selection of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive is also available and this option also enables the use of apps, which are integrated seamlessly into the car using BMW ConnectedDrive technology. For example, although not particularly useful in everyday life, the GoPro app allows the driver to record laps of the track with a dashboard-mounted action camera, using the iDrive Controller and Control Display. Meanwhile, the driver’s individual style and information on speeds and braking points can be fed back and shared – if that was something us regular drivers could make use of, it would be an incredible advantage. Although, I can’t see my Facebook page being filled with my best track lap records.