BMW has just released a video of its brand new 2016 M2 being driven at the Salzburgring in Austria being driven by DTM driver Augusto Farfus.
The 360-degree video provides us with an epic onboard vantage point for an entire lap of the Austrian racetrack. Throughout the video, Farfus describes how the new M2 is incredibly easy to drive fast as well as being impressively agile and better than 1M Coupe that it replaces. As the video is completely interactive, viewers can move around the vehicle’s interior and choose the perfect view of the car, Farfus or the track.
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.