Smokin': BMW's M2 breaks cover

BMW is preparing to bring on the fun with its 370bhp mini M car, the M2.

Coming complete with what BMW has branded as Smokey Burnout Mode — promising to unlock the potential for copious power sliding — the small saloon will be able to hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds and an electronically-limited 155mph top speed.

A rev-matching function, meanwhile, should flatter drivers with sweet down-shifts from the six-speed manual gearbox that comes as standard.

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The Stuttgart-based brand has chosen to power its latest M car with a three-litre, six-cylinder, turbocharged engine, accompanying its peak power output with a formidable 369lb.ft. of torque.

Going head-to-head with the likes of Audi’s RS 3 and the Mercedes A45 AMG, the new M car will be priced from £44,070 when it goes on sale in April next year.

It follows in the footsteps of a long line of compact BMW sports coupes, such as the 2002 Turbo, E30 M3 and 1M Coupé.  

A BMW spokesman said: “It continues the tradition of the legendary original BMW M3 – the E30 from 1986 – a car famed for its blend of agility and precision, as well as its supremacy on the racing circuit and rally stage. 

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“Looking further back, the M2 can also be seen as a close descendant of a car from 40 years ago: the BMW 2002 turbo, which was the first mass-produced turbocharged car offered for sale in Germany. 

“With 170hp and a zero to 62mph time of 8.9 seconds, the performance may have been some way off the new M2, but the spirit of driver enjoyment is the same.”

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