BMW M2 Will Deliver 365 HP; Will Go Into Production In November
So far, news and speculation surrounding BMW’s highly anticipated M2 has certainly been enticing, and now we’re getting a few extra tidbits to further whet your appetite. The latest suggests that the small, up-and-coming Bavarian corner-slicer will arrive packing 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, with production ramping up this November.
The info comes courtesy of a post at the enthusiast forum 2addicts.com, which cites a source from “deep within BMW HQ.” The M2’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six N55 engine was originally believed to produce closer to 400 horsepower, but the post also says the engine will have an “over boost” function that adds 25 extra pound-feet of torque at the “low to mid range rpms.” This function is similar to that found on the 1M, which added 38 pound-feet for short durations.
Color options include Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic, Long Beach Blue metallic, and Mineral Grey metallic. The post says more colors will be added later in production.
Expect deliveries to begin sometime early next year.
Details and rumors on the new entry-level sports car began trickling down in May of 2011. So far, we’ve gleaned the new M2 will be built on BMW’s F22 platform, will use the FR drivetrain layout, and feature a brand-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. Lightweight materials like aluminum, carbon fiber, and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics are expected to see extensive use.
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Why it matters
While boasting less power than originally expected, Bimmer fans eager for the big reveal of the new M2 will undoubtedly find this new bit of info tantalizing. And although the source is anything but rock solid, I still think it’s pretty credible. The numbers are pretty much in line with what we’ve been expecting, and the drop from 400 horsepower to 365 suggests, to me at least, the poster isn’t simply looking for attention.
Personally, I can’t wait to see the sheets pulled from this thing. Combining German elegance and refinement with lightweight, small dimensions, and legendary RWD BMW handling, the M2 should be quite impressive.
I’ll take mine in blue, thank you very much.