Practically everyone we know who has a BMW M2 thinks that it’s pretty special. Returning to BMW M’s roots with a smaller, lighter car with plenty of power and great handling, BMW M used the M2 to reignite M-car mania; more than 12,000 M2s were sold worldwide in 2017, making it officially BMW M’s most successful model of the year.

Now BMW has announced an M2 that is even more special: the BMW M2 Edition Black Shadow.

Some aspects of the M2 Black Shadow are the same as the standard model, such as the drivetrain with the 370-horsepower inline six and optional seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic that together move the car from zero to 62 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds. The suspension that has drawn praise for the M2 is the same, too.

Much of what makes the M2 Black Shadow special is how it looks. First of all, it is available only in Sapphire Black Metallic paint. Well, it had to be one of BMW’s black colors, didn’t it? And Sapphire Black Metallic is a good one. Add nineteen-inch matte-black forged light-alloy Y-spoke wheels and staggered tires to complement the car’s body color.

The side-view mirrors are finished in carbon. The kidney grilles and side-panel trim are high-gloss black. The rear diffuser has a carbon finish, while the M double exhaust pipes have black-chrome trim.

The BMW M2 Edition Black Shadow will be available starting in April . At press time, BMW had not yet announced the total number of M2 Black Shadows that will be built, or their price, or whether any will be coming to the U.S. However, other sources report that the car will be coming to America, but in numbers as yet unknown.—Scott Blazey

[Photos courtesy of BMW AG.]

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