2016 BMW M2 revealed

This is the BMW M2, a 365bhp rear-wheel-drive coupe that arrives in the UK next year.

What is it?

The M2 takes over from the M235i as the most powerful 2 Series Coupe on the market. At the same time, it is the smallest M car in the current line-up.

What engines does it come with?

BMW has fitted a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol unit that produces 365bhp. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard which features a throttle blip function on down changes.

However, buyers can choose the optional seven-speed automatic gearbox which features a launch control function as well as a function that allows wheelspin from a standing start.

With the standard manual gearbox, BMW claims the M2 accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 4.5sec. With the optional automatic and its launch control function that is reduced to 4.3.

How much equipment does it come with?

The M2 is differentiated from other 2 Series Coupé models by a number of exterior design changes. It gets a new front bumper, a modified grille, wider front and rear wings, chrome highlights, a boot lip spoiler and four exhaust pipes.

Inside, you’ll find a leather-bound M Sport steering wheel, sports seats in black leather with adjustable side bolsters, an aluminium footrest and a centre console­-mounted kneepad for the driver.

How much does it cost?

When it goes on sale in the UK next April, the two­-door will be priced at £44,070, pitching it £12,520 below the larger and more powerful M3, which until now has been the entry point into BMW’s M car line-up.

What are its rivals like?

Its two biggest rivals are both four-wheel-drive hatchbacks: the Mercedes-AMG A45, a three-star car, and the Audi RS3 Sportback, which was awarded four stars.

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