Meet the people behind BMW’s new M2

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BMW’s new M2 is already in production at a plant located in Leipzig, Germany. In the above gallery, we see the first one to roll off the line, a nice Long Beach Blue example. The first M2s are due in the United States in the spring. They arrive as 2016 models and should be priced from slightly above $50k. Other confirmed colors include Alpine White, Black Sapphire metallic and Mineral Grey metallic.

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While you await its arrival, take this opportunity to meet the people behind the car. The list includes exterior designer Hussein Al-Attar, engine developer Marcus Engelke, chassis developer Peter Schmid, drivetrain developer Joachim Roederer, body developer Konrad Pointer, plant manager Frank Wohlrabe, product manager Bettina Schmidt and finally project head Frank Isenberg.

A single glance is all it takes to pick the 365-horsepower M2 out as a member of the BMW M family, with its styling also keen to advertise its dynamic attributes. We especially love the low, wide stance plus the fact that the car is available with a conventional, three-pedal manual transmission. Of course, a dual-clutch unit is on offer for those that prefer an automatic. It’s also the quicker option here, as it helps the M2 accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds versus the 4.4 seconds that manual-equipped cars require. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, and we also hear the M2 needs just 7:58 to complete a lap of the Nürburgring.

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