Nearly 40 years ago, BMW unveiled a small, compact, turbocharged sports car… the BMW 2002 turbo. This car perfectly encapsulated BMW’s resolution to deliver outstanding dynamics, exceptional agility and optimum car control. BMW aims to get our hearts fluttering and our blood pumping once again. As though its other models don’t do that, already! We’re not complaining because we believe that you can’t get too much of a good thing.
A single glance is all it takes to pick the new BMW M2 coupé out as a member of the BMW M family, with its styling also keen to advertise its dynamic attributes. Inspired by models from the history of BMW in motor racing, the new M2 coupé makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential. The low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with characteristic M-gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear, with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system all play impressive roles here.
Inside the M2, one will find Alcantara on the door cards and centre console together with porous carbon-fibre, which creates an ambience of quality. Its sporting ambition is further underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details. Sports seats, an M sports steering wheel and an M gearshift lever ensure BMW M2 drivers are in perfect command of their car, at all times.
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BMW M-Division has made use of the lightweight aluminium front and rear axles from the BMW M3/M4 models, forged 19-inch aluminium wheels with mixed-size tyres, M Servotronic steering with two settings and suitably effective M-compound brakes. All of these ingredients make for a rather tasty dish. However, for added spice, BMW has thrown in its electronically controlled Active M Differential, which optimises traction and directional stability. The M2 also gets BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control system M-Dynamic Mode (MDM) function. MDM allows wheel slip and therefore moderate, controlled drifts on the track.
The all-new BMW M2 makes use of an equally new three-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine, which uses cutting-edge M-TwinPower turbo technology to develop 272kW and 465Nm of torque (500Nm with over-boost). This means the M2 will hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds with the help of the optional seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (MDCT) and Launch Control. Despite all this power, BMW claims that the M2 will also deliver a rather moderate fuel consumption figure of around 7.9 litres/100km.
When can we get one?
Unfortunately the BMW M2 will not be under our Christmas trees this year because BMW will only be releasing it in South Africa in around April 2016. It’s a long wait, we know, but they say all good things come to those who wait – right? And, the BMW M2 sure does look good enough to wait for.
Picture source: BMW Press office