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The BMW M2: Muscular, lighter, and zero to 60 in 4.3

After being leaked almost a week ago by a Kinja user, the car community has been ablaze with discussion of the new BMW M2. The company soon revealed the car officially on Periscope soon after the leak. According to a Jalopnik article, the M2 comes in both manual and automatic, which was unexpected but similar to other BMW models like the M4 and M3. The M2 has 370 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque so this baby can certainly move.

The M2 is expected to launch with only four exterior paint options – mineral gray, Black Sapphire, Alpine White, and Long Beach Blue. According to Car and Driver the expected retail price is around $55,000. The release of the new M2 could be for the model year 2016 or 2017. Stay tuned to La Wheel and Tire for more news about this amazing new BMW. We can't wait to help you customize this beauty even more with some amazing wheels and accessories.

In the wake of Volkswagen's emission scandal, increased emissions regulation in Europe and North America, and competition from the likes of Tesla, many car makers are ramping up or announcing their electric plans. In the future from BMW they might soon have electric plug ins for cars such as their M3 model.

BMW working on a M3 electric plug in

In the wake of Volkswagen's emission scandal, increased emissions regulation in Europe and North America, and competition from the likes of Tesla, many car makers are ramping up or announcing their electric plans. In the future from BMW they might soon have electric plug ins for cars such as their M3 model.

According to an Auto Guide article, the plugin is expected to add additional torque and possibly horsepower while the car is in electric mode. The downside is that the range in electric mode is expected to be only a paltry 20 miles. The real advantage might be the ability to switch between gasoline and electric based on usage and to conserve fuel. Good for a trip to the grocery store though.

The M3 and likely this particular electric plug in is not expected till 2020 so it will be awhile before an official announcement is made. Keep an eye and ear on the auto show circuit in the next few years to learn more.

M4 GTS takes track technology to a road near you

Another concept car that appears more production ready than concept is the recently announced BMW M4 GTS. The same AutoGuide article tells us that the M4 GTS is one of the first BMWs to feature their brilliant water injection system. This system helps to further cool the engine and allows additional power because of ease of pressure restrictions and higher injection timing.

Road and Track reports the technical specifications of this beast come in at incredible 500 hp thanks to the above mentioned technology, a lighter body from its many carbon fiber elements, and BMW standard engineering. Unlike their dabbling in electric power, this beauty is expected to be delivered to dealerships in the near future rather than sometime later. Pricing has not been announced yet but based on the information we know we expect it to be more than the M3 for sure and likely in the 60 to 70 thousand range. Wheel enthusiasts will be happy to know that the M3's front wheels are 19x9.5 inch and the back wheels are 20x10.5 inch. Go ahead, drool, we won't mind.

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