We are live at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and our photographer on duty has immortalized the BMW M2 Coupe.

We are live at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and our photographer on duty has immortalized the BMW M2 Coupe.

Showcased in a lovely Long Beach Blue paint, the M2 signals BMW's spiritual successor to the beloved 1 Series M Coupe. The flagship 2 Series sits above the M235i and is equipped with a turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine generating 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Ideal for overtaking, the motor benefits from an overboost function that will increase torque to 369 lb-ft for a short amount of time.

The motor is linked as standard to a six-speed manual to enable a sprint to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. An optional seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox will reduce the sprint to 4.2 seconds. Regardless of choice, there's an electronic top speed limiter programmed to kick in at 155 mph (250 kph). Go for the optional M Driver's Package and the limiter is bumped to 168 mph (270 kph).

Sourced from the M3 & M4 duo are the aluminum front and rear axles as well as the aluminum suspension components. It comes as standard with an M-prepared electronic power steering system and an Active M Differential. A strong engine requires additional stopping power, so the engineers at M fitted the M2 with larger vented & perforated discs paired to four- and two-piston calipers.

Besides the Long Beach Blue metallic paint, BMW also sells the M2 in Alpine White, Mineral Grey, and Black Sapphire. Production commenced back in October at the company’s factory in Leipzig, Germany. There’s no word about how many units BMW plans to assemble, but the total production run will likely surpass the aforementioned 1 Series M Coupe.

The BMW M2 is scheduled to hit US dealerships this April from $51,700 plus destination & handling.

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