Pricing details for the 2016 BMW M2 have just been released for the German and UK markets. It has also been announced that the first deliveries will take place in April 2016.

In Germany, the M2 is priced from 56,700 euros which is about 12,000 euro more than the M235i and 15,800 euros less than the BMW M4. In the UK, the sports car costs 44,700 pounds with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission bumping that price up by 2500 pounds. Importantly, it is suggested that less than 500, right-hand drive M2s will be produced for the UK.

The M2 is closely related to the BMW M235i but features a selection of significant upgrades. Starting with the engine, it is a 3.0-litre inline-six cylinder featuring a TwinScroll exhaust manifold-integrated turbocharger. When combined with direct injection, a Double-VANOS system, custom pistons and crank bearings from the M3 and M4, the 2016 BMW M2 pumps out a total of 365 hp at 6500 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1400 rpm. Those figures represent 45 hp and 13 lb-ft gains over the M235i.

Another significant development of the M2 over the M235i is the fitment of an active rear differential which keeps wheelspin to a minimum. Elsewhere, the M2 features the same lightweight aluminium front and rear axles as the M3 and M4 models with the control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes and stiffening plate all made from aluminium. Braking performance is provided by four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear clamping down on 15-inch diametre discs front and 14.5-inch rotors at the rear.

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