The M2 picks up where the 1M Coupe left off as the purest and most driver-focused vehicle in BMW's M car lineup.

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Unlike the adaptive suspension systems found in the M3 and M4, the M2 uses a lighter fixed suspension with aluminum struts, control arms and antiroll bars to save even more weight.

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The M2 does borrow some parts from the M3's parts bin like the aluminum front and rear axles.

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A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine sits under the hood of the M2, which churns out 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the M2, while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available for an additional $2,900.

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To visually set the M2 apart from regular 2-Series models it gets a black grille, double-spoke 19-inch wheels, exclusive fascias, front fender gills, wider rear body work to accommodate wider track and wheels and a spoiler.

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For the interior, the M2 gets a blue contrast stitching, open-pore carbon fiber trim and Alcantara door panel inserts.

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With the dual-clutch transmission, BMW says the M2 can hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

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BMW put larger brake rotors on the M2, but the system still showed signs of brake fade after only a couple of short sessions on the race track.

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While the M2's steering is quick to respond to inputs, the electric power steering system lacks feedback.

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