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BMW M2 crowned as Top Gear’s ‘Coupe of the Year’

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BMW M2 2016 (800x533)

Lean mean track machine

The new BMW M2 Coupé sets the benchmark in the segment of compact high-performance sports cars when it comes to driving dynamics and performance.

Now its extrovert design, dynamic character and outstanding suitability for the race track has bagged Top Gear’s Coupé of the year crown.

Due to go on sale next month, the new BMW M2 is the latest compact sports coupé in a long line of legendary road and racing BMWs, such as the 2002 Turbo, E30 M3 and 1M Coupé.

Under the hood of the M2 lies a 3.0-litre turbo in-line six engine, which punches out 365 horsepower and 369lb-ft. With a six-speed manual and rear wheel drive as standard, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.

Paul Horrell, Consultant Editor, Top Gear Magazine said: “It’s refined, well-equipped and nicely built. A quality item all round. Not too garishly styled either, but those widened wings tell the story to people who know….. It’s very hard indeed to think of a better new car for your £44,070.”

Each of the Top Gear Magazine Awards winners is picked by the publication’s expert motoring journalists – and The Stig – who rates and reviews more than 300 cars each year, before announcing the best in each category.

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Successor to the 1 Series M Coupe?

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A source has confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) had been considered for production. However, the plans were scrapped when it was decided that it would “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.”

A new BMW M2, shown in our exclusive illustration, is expected to use a twin-turbocharged version of the M235i’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Maximum power output should be in the region of 380bhp, compared to the M235i's 322bhp figure, while leaving enough space to the 425bhp BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe.

However, it's also expected that the M2 will adopt much of the new chassis technology found in the M3 and M4, including an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential dubbed Active M Differential.

To keep the purchase price down, the new M2 may not come as standard with Adaptive M Suspension as standard, but it's expected that there will be a wide variety of settings available to the driver to alter the character of the car.

BMW M2

BMW M2

The M2's predecessor was called the 1 Series M Coupé, as the 'M1' name was used on the company's iconic supercar from the late seventies. There is no official word on what the new junior M car will be officially named, but M2 is the front-runner.

The BMW M2 is expected to go on sale in 2016 at around £50,000 -
ensuring it is distanced from the M3 and M4, which start at £56,175 and £56,643 respectively.

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