BMW took the cover off its new M2 at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For sports car enthusiasts, this entry-level M car is one of the most highly anticipated car debut of the year.

If the M235i is a starting point for the M2, this latest M car takes that formula and dials it up to eleven. The three-litre turbocharged six-cylinder makes a meaningful 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque, with peak torque starting from a remarkable 1,400 RPM. There is also an overboost function that adds another 26 lb-ft for even more grunt.

Transmission choices are a six-speed manual with a rev-matching function – and BMW still does great row-your-own boxes – or their exceptional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In any other car, a limited-slip differential would be expected, but the M2 is fitted with an active, electronically controlled limited-slip. In performance applications, these differentials are absolutely magic and benefit the driving experience by dialing up the appropriate amount of lock for each given driving situation.

Fenders are flared to cover the wider wheels and tires and allow a wider overall track than the standard 2 Series. The 19-inch wheels are wrapped in the brilliant Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, specifically engineered for the M2. Brakes are larger rotors clamped by four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers.

As with all modern BMWs, there is more than enough tech to impress even Elon Musk, however the M2 takes its e-game a step further. There’s GoPro integration and a new M Laptimer, a simple on-board data acquisition system that track hounds can use to analyze lap data.