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-litre engine generating 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft 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 100 kilometres per hour (0-62 MPH) 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 250 kilometres per hour. Go for the optional M Driver's Package and the limiter is bumped to 270 km/h.

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 Canadian dealerships this April from an estimated $69,900 CAD plus delivery and other fees.

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