BMW unveiled its new M2 only yesterday, but already we know the car’s Nürburgring lap time: 7:58. That makes it faster than the previous-generation, V-8–powered (E92) M3. Whoa.
With 365 horsepower, as much as 369 lb-ft of torque (with overboost), rear-wheel drive, and an Active M Differential in a compact package that is said to be 55 pounds lighter than the M235i, we knew the M2 would be a track monster. And indeed, according to BMW Blog, that 7:58 time puts the M2 in some fast company. It beats the E92 M3’s time of 8:05, and the 1 M Coupe’s 8:12 lap. It’s also knocking on the door of the 425-hp M4 coupe, which gets around the famous track in 7:52.