The official launch film of the 2016 BMW M2 has just been released. Alongside showing the new German sports car on the track for the very first time, the clip reveals that the M2 managed to lap the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in a brisk 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
Such a time makes the M2 some six seconds slower than the BMW M4 but most importantly, means it is actually faster than the E92-generation. That feat is particularly impressive when you consider than the M2 has two fewer cylinders and is almost 50 hp down on the E92 M3.
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.
When combined with the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission, the M2 will accelerate from 0-96 km/h in a brisk 4.2 seconds. When the standard six-speed manual is specced, that acceleration figure increases slightly to 4.4 seconds. The top speed sits at an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Unsurprisingly, the DCT comes compete with a Launch Control feature.