In “The Gambler,” one of the more prominent co-stars next to Mark Wahlberg’s troubled-yet-later-victorious English professor character is his orange BMW M1. Ascribed as a status symbol, the sporty coupe is even pictured zipping up Pacific Coast Highway as the movie begins.
The newest member of the M badge family is no slouch compared to the M1. Yahoo! News draws the awkward size comparison to a Volkswagen Golf GTi, but the M2 is definitely very much an Ultimate Driving Machine.
The two-seater has a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine under the hood that generates 365 hp to produce a respectable 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds (in upgraded paddle shift mode, not the manual transmission that comes standard).
“That means that that it’s as fast or faster in a straight line than its direct rivals – the hottest Mercedes A Class and sportiest Audi A3,” Yahoo! News points out.
The M badge signifies performance and the M2 can beat its chest in this department thanks to an electronic limited slip differential, which distributes power in the rear wheels and ensures the car handles like one of Germany’s finest automobiles that it is.
The M2 will be available in four exterior colors – Long Beach Blue metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic – and feature BMW M-specific markings inside. The sport seats feature black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching and – of course – the M logo in the backrests. This detailing extends to M2-specific dials and needles, a speedometer that reaches 200 mph and a tachometer up to 8,000 rpm. BMW doesn’t mince words when it says in a news release that these are “an indication of the car’s extraordinary performance potential as soon as you climb aboard.”
The M2 will arrive to BMW dealerships next spring and pricing will be announced closer to the market launch, according to BMW.
If there was a sequel to “The Gambler”, perhaps it would be fitting that the newly introduced all-new BMW M2 coupe gets some screen time.
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