The recent launch of the Mercedes-AMG C63 in South Africa shone the spotlight brightly on the midsized sports-sedan league, and everyone with a Vbox, including ourselves, has pitted the mighty Merc against its arch-rival the BMW M3
But slightly lower down in the high-performance ranks there’s a clash of the lesser German titans looming, with both the new BMW M2 coupé and Audi RS3 Sportback headed for South Africa in the coming months to take on the all-conquering Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG hatch.
BMW’s smallest M car, the M2, is getting ever closer to reality and recent spy pics of near-production versions suggest that it’s likely to make its official debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW has yet to confirm output figures but it’s safe to assume that Munich’s mightiest 2 Series will be pitched against the 265kW A45 AMG of arch-rival Mercedes. Speculation points to M2 numbers between 270 and 280kW, probably using a tuned version of the 240kW straight-six 3-litre turbo used in the existing BMW M235i.