BMW M2, X4 M40i to bow in Detroit

The Detroit show will be all about performance for BMW.

BMW has announced that two of its latest performance models — the M2 coupe and X4 M40i crossover — will make their world debut at next month's Detroit auto show.

A followup to the 1-Series M that went into limited production a few years ago, the M2 represents the hottest version of the 2-Series coupe to date, slotting just ahead of the M235i. The M2 is powered by a 365 horsepower, 343 lb-ft of torque version of BMW's 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

Buyers will be able to pick between a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic. Either gearbox will route power to the M2's rear wheels. BMW says the M2 is capable of scooting from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds.

The X4 M40i will also debut in Detroit and stand as the highest-performing variant of the X4 coupe-crossover. It too will use a turbocharged inline-six, but its power will be capped at 355 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. BMW says the X4 M40i will boast a best-in-class acceleration with a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds.

The BMW M2 is scheduled to go on sale during the spring of 2016 while the X4 M40i will will arrive in showrooms in February. Pricing for both models will be announced at a later date.

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