The highly-anticipated BMW M2 has leaked to the web ahead of its debut later today.

The highly-anticipated BMW M2 has leaked to the web ahead of its debut later today.

Spotted by Jalopnik in an upcoming issue of Auto Express, the high-performance coupe features an aggressive front fascia, an M-branded grille and front fender vents.  The model also has a sportier rear bumper and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.

Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 364 bhp (271 kW) and 465 Nm (342 lb-ft) of torque - 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) with overboost.  It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.  With the latter gearbox, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Full details will be released later today but the article says the car will feature an electronic limited-slip differential and high-performance brakes sourced from the M4.  The car will also benefit from additional aluminum components which will enable it to weigh 35 kg (77 lbs) less than the M235i.

The BMW M2 will go on sale in April in the United Kingdom and pricing starts at £44,070.

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