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New BMW M2 “M Performance” revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe

New BMW M2 "M Performance" revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe

The version of the straight-six engine developed for the compact high-performance model with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving design stands out with its M-typical performance characteristics.

New BMW M2 "M Performance" revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe

Differing only in a small number of details from the engine employed in the BMW M3 and BMW M4 models, the 3.0-litre unit thrills with its urgent response, healthy appetite for revs and linear power delivery into the highest reaches of the engine speed range.

New BMW M2 "M Performance" revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe

Developing a maximum output of 338 kW/460 hp, the engine under the bonnet of the new BMW M2 outguns the base unit used by its predecessor by 66 kW/90 hp. Peak torque of 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) is produced between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm with maximum output arriving at 6,250 rpm. The new engine revs to a maximum 7,200 rpm.

New BMW M2 "M Performance" revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe

The pulsating build-up of power is accompanied by an emotionally rich soundtrack generated by the M-specific exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps. The system of oil supply is designed to handle extremely dynamic driving situations when out on the track, as is the cooling system.

New BMW M2 "M Performance" revealed as a 460bhp rear-drive coupe