BMW Unveils The All-New BMW M2 Coupe
BMW started with its M-series journey close to 40 years ago when it launched the M1 sports car back in 1978. The BMW 2002 showed the company’s resolution to build a car that delivered outstanding dynamics, agility, and control. BMW is now looking to recreate that commitment with the unveiling of the BMW M2 Coupe. The M2 features a high-performance six-cylinder in-line engine, rear-wheel-drive agility, lightweight aluminium M Sport suspension all of which combined is expected to give one the ultimate driving experience.
The M2 sports the characteristic M design with its styling that is keen to highlight its dynamic attributes. The low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with M gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system are the features that give the M2 that extra performance edge.
The interior design is all M. The Alacantra of the door cards and centre console together with porous carbon fibre along with the blue contrast stitching and and M embossing is what gives it the touch of quality along with a sporty feel to the car. Speaking of sporty feel, the M2 also features sports seats, an M sports steering wheel and an M gearshift lever to ensure drivers that they are constantly in control of their car.
The M2 comes with a three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine and also employs cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to give 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm. The Coupe also comes with an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and Launch Control that shoots the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds with a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Lightweight Features and Motorsport Expertise
The M2 employs lightweight aluminium front and rear axles, 19-inch aluminium wheels with mixed-size tyres. The control arms, wheel carriers, axle subframes and stiffening plate of the double-joint spring-strut front axle weigh 11 pounds less than a conventional steel construction. Aluminum in the suspension struts and tubular anti-roll bar provide further weight saving.
The M2’s driving dynamics has raised the bar when it comes to compact high-performance sports cars. It features electronically controlled Active M Differential, which optimises traction and directional stability. The Dynamic Stability Control system’s M Dynamic Mode (MDM) gives a greater driving experience when activated. MDM allows wheel slip and can moderate and control drifts on the track.
Along with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic, the M2 has a wide selection of driver assistance systems and services available through BMW’s ConnectedDrive. The ConnectedDrive technology employs seamlessly and integrates innovative apps into the car. For example, the GoPro app allows the driver to record fast laps of the track with a dashboard-mounted action camera, using the iDrive Controller and Control Display.
The BMW M2 is a new creation that uses the philosophy of the past. It is a descendant of the original E30 BMW M3 and the BMW 2002 turbo with a history of M sports cars inside it. The BMW M2 sets a benchmark for high-performance sports car segment. The car will make its debut at the Detroit motor show in January 2016 before being launched internationally. Watch the official launch video of the BMW M2 below.