As the M range moves higher up in price, the M2 puts its performance back in reach of mere mortals. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six that makes 365 hp and 343 lb-ft. A six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive are standard; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. Weight is reduced wherever possible, including 19-inch forged wheels shod with specially designed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Beefy brakes aid stopping; BMW says 60 mph comes in 4.2 seconds with the automatic.
The turbocharged N55 inline-six engine has been extensively tweaked to produce 365 horsepower at 6500 rpm. Maximum baseline torque is 343 lb-ft, available from 1400 to 5560 rpm, while an overboost function serves up 369 lb-ft from 1450 to 4750 rpm. Fitted with a single turbocharger, the engine redlines at 7000 rpm. By comparison, the M235i cranks out a maximum of 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Besides the six-speed manual, there is an available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic—as opposed to the M235i, which offers an optional eight-speed torque-converter automatic. The cooling system is heavily modified to help the M2 deal with a track environment, and the dual-clutch gearbox gets its own oil cooler. The sprint to 60 mph is said to take 4.2 seconds with the automatic and 4.4 seconds with the manual; we achieved zero-to-60 times of 4.3 and 4.9 seconds from the automatic and manual M235i. Top speed is governed at 155 mph.