370hp BMW M2 revealed ahead of Detroit debut

This is a proper M-car: a slightly nuts 370hp compact coupe based on the BMW 2 Series. It’ll cost you £44,070 and can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds.

Revealed in these official pictures released today, the BMW M2 is set to make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

It’s Munich’s answer to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback. Power comes from a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six which, when combined with the optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox, accelerates the M2 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds.

With the standard manual ‘box, it completes the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 seconds.

370hp BMW M2 revealed ahead of Detroit debut

It looks the part, with aggressive flared arches and extra intakes – but BMW insists they’re not just for aesthetics. Improved aerodynamics means drag has been reduced by 5% over the model on which it’s based, while extensions to the front and rear wings accommodate large alloys and a wider track.

The lightweight 19-inch wheels are shod in bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres – likely to prove expensive, especially if you make extensive use of the M2’s ‘smokey burnout’ function. Yes, it’s really called that.

Inside, sports seats are finished in black leather with blue stitching. There’s a smattering of M-badges, naturally, and the speedo reads up to 186mph.

370hp BMW M2 revealed ahead of Detroit debut

But, we hear you ask, what about economy? It returns 33.2mpg on the combined cycle when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, and 35.8mpg with the optional M DCT. The CO2 emissions are 199g/km and 185g/km respectively.

BMW is hoping the M2 will go down in history along with the likes of the 2002 Turbo, E30 M3 and more-recent 1M.