BMW’s M division has launched a new M2 Edition Black Shadow special edition, which the firm says is to celebrate the sales success of its most popular model line
Available exclusively in Sapphire Black metallic, this new version of the smallest proper M car on sale gets new 19in forged alloy wheels in matt black, a carbon finish on the door mirrors and rear diffuser, as well as black chrome exhaust tailpipes.
No changes have been made to the car’s powertrain, so it retains a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six that offers peak power at 6500rpm, with 369lb ft of torque arriving at 1400rpm. As standard, drive is sent rearwards through a six-speed manual to enable a 4.5sec 0-62mph time. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available to shave two-tenths from that time.
BMW sold 12,000 examples of the M2 last year, and the M2 Edition Black Shadow will go on sale in Germany this April. Although M demand is strong here, BMW has confirmed that the car won’t make it to Britain.
The M division’s successes come at a time it is plotting further growth. It will launch a new range-topper, the M8, next year, with an anticipated 600bhp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine.
The arm will, however, drop the F80 M3 early this August due to the upcoming Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) that would require a new particulate filter to be fitted. BMW told Autocar that such a modification would not be worth making for a model already nearing the end of its production life. The car’s two-door sibling, the M4 remain on sale through to next year though, so is due to receive the update.