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BMW-owned Rolls-Royce says pub­lic test­ing of its all-new alu­minium space­frame ar­chi­tec­ture is about to be­gin. A year ago the car maker re­vealed it was work­ing on a new plat­form, and the first mod­els us­ing it will launch in 2018. That’s likely to be the 'Cul­li­nan’ ul­tra-lux­ury SUV with the Phan­tom re­place­ment ar­riv­ing soon af­ter. Ex­pect sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter per­for­mance for fu­ture Rolls Royce mod­els and greater re­fine­ment along with re­duced road noise as well from the plat­form's greater struc­tural stiff­ness. New elec­tri­cal ar­chi­tec­ture will also mean hy­brid and plug-in hy­brids are on the cards.

This is the BMW M2, re­vealed at Detroit. The coupe is pow­ered by a 272kW, sin­gle turbo, in­line six with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing 465Nm of torque, or 500Nm on over­boost. There’s ei­ther a seven-speed twin-clutch or six-speed man­ual trans, and no sissy AWD op­tion. BMW reck­ons 0-100km/h takes 4.2sec for the auto, 4.5 for the man­ual. The M2 runs a wider track than the M235i, gets an M vari­able diff, lots more cool­ing sys­tems, and wilder styling. It’s said to be lighter too, and more ex­pen­sive ob­vi­ously. It’s likely to be of­fered in two spec grades and is due here in the sec­ond quar­ter.

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