2016 BMW M2 Laps the Nurburgring in 7:58, Slower than Civic Type R

Six seconds off the pace of the M4.

The 2016 BMW M2 is here, in all of its 365-hp rear-wheel-drive glory. And of course it was only a matter of hours after the cover came off the M2 before we heard how fast it tackled the Nurburgring. A promo vid for the 2016 BMW M2 shows it not only hooning around with its new Drift Mode, but also indicates a sub-8-minute Nurburgring lap of 7:58 for the new car.

While we believe that a car's worth isn't solely defined by its lap time around the Green Hell, it is a good way to compare the performance of new sports cars, especially within BMW's own stable. For reference, the 2016 BMW M2 is 6 seconds off the pace of the current BMW M4, which does the deed in 7:52. That's no surprise given BMW's desire to protect the status of its halo performance car in the M3/M4, but it's notable that both the M3/M4 and the M2 are still slower around the 'Ring than the outrageous Honda Civic Type R, which finishes the circuit in an impressive 7:50.

What we've learned as more and more manufacturers use the Nurburgring as a development hub for performance cars is that there is more than one way to post big numbers around the famed track. The Lamborghini Aventador SV does it with a bonkers 740 hp in 6:59.73; the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 does it in 7:37 with 505 hp, super-sticky tires, advanced aero, and a high-tech suspension; and the Alfa Romeo 4C does it in 8:04 with only 240 hp, thanks to a stellar power-to-weight ratio and razor-sharp handling.

Lap times aside though, the 2016 BMW M2 promises to be a real thrill. With 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, it promises to be even more potent than the fantastic BMW M235i. And with 10 more hp than the old BMW 1 Series M, it has both the muscle and athletic chassis to deliver the perfectly balanced handling and right amount of power that we remember from favorite BMW sports cars like the E46 M3. It can't hit showrooms soon enough.

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