BMW M2 Edition Black Shadow isn't a '90s TV show

Special M2 gets sapphire black paint, extra carbon fiber and 19-inch wheels

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BMW is celebrating the success of its performance-oriented M2 by releasing a special-edition version with a name seemingly tailor-made for a syndicated TV show from the 1990s: Edition Black Shadow. It'll be available exclusively in — you guessed it — sapphire black metallic paint.

The coupe is given a dramatic, sinister look with the black finish and other treatments, but it keeps the M2's 370-horsepower, turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine, rear-wheel-drive setup and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Together, it goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The Black Shadow's existence is owed to BMW being in a celebratory mood: the M2 sold more than 12,000 units globally in 2017, it first full production year, making it the top-selling model from its M lineup. This "celebration" therefore includes 19-inch, black matte forged light alloy wheels with a Y-spoke design and carbon side mirrors. There's also carbon on the rear diffuser, black chrome on the double exhaust tips and a high-gloss black finish on the dual-kidney grille.

It goes on sale in April, though it wasn't immediately clear in which markets.

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