All you need to know about the BMW M2

BMW M2 | October 13th, 2015 by 7
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The design and idea behind the first-ever BMW M2 Coupé stem from the historical roots of BMW M GmbH. The vehicle combines top sporting prowess …

The design and idea behind the first-ever BMW M2 Coupé stem from the historical roots of BMW M GmbH. The vehicle combines top sporting prowess and classic rear-wheel drive with the precision and agility of a modern M automobile. Characteristic front and rear aprons optimise air flow and aerodynamics. The sportily attuned suspension and a powerful M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine ensure breathtaking performance.

Design.

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A single glance is all it takes to pick the new BMW M2 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 makes no secret of its extraordinary performance potential.

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The low front apron with large air intakes,…

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… muscular flanks with characteristic M gills, …

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… 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design …

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and low, wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system all play impressive roles here.

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The time-honoured character of BMW M cars is also present and correct in the design of the interior. The Alcantara of the door cards …

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…and centre console…

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… together with porous carbon fibre creates an ambience of rare quality and heady sporting ambition …

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further underlined by blue contrast stitching and M embossing on selected details.

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Sports seats,…

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… an M sports steering wheel …

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…and an M gearshift lever ensure BMW M2 drivers are in perfect command of their car it at all times.

Engine.

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The six-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the new compact BMW M2 is in keeping with the finest BMW M tradition, ensuring unbeatable driving fun on the race track yet at the same time doing everything you need it to in everyday use. It promises an insatiable appetite for revs for a turbocharged engine, offers exceptionally linear power delivery across a broad rev range and raises pulses with its distinctive engine sound. Add to the mix outstanding torque, available across a wide rev band, and – thanks to innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology – rapid responses and excellent efficiency.

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The newly developed, three-liter six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW M2 deploys cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm (fuel consumption combined: 8.5 l/100 km [33.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 199 g/km)* and, in so doing, lays down a marker in the high-performance compact sports car segment. The same applies to power delivery. Peak torque of 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) can be increased to as much as 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in short bursts under overboost. All of which enables the new BMW M2 with optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT)** and Launch Control to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). And yet, with its M DCT transmission, fuel consumption of just 7.9 litres* per 100 km (35.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions as low as 185 g/km*, the car is also keen to emphasise its outstanding efficiency.

The engine in the new BMW M2 comes with the latest generation of the trailblazing M TwinPower Turbo technology. In the new six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, this comprises a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, variable camshaft timing (Double-VANOS) and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. The valve and camshaft timing work in tandem to seamlessly control intake valve lift. Razor-sharp responses, optimal power delivery, and therefore reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, are the result.

Gearboxes.

Manual gearbox with automatic throttle blipping.

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The new BMW M2 comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which stands out with its compact design and low weight. The use of a new type of carbon-fibre friction lining enhances shift comfort. Dry-sump lubrication prevents any sloshing of the transmission oil and ensures all components benefit from an efficient supply of oil. An engagement speed control function, which blips the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine’s revs on upshifts, makes gear changes even smoother and lends the car additional stability during hard driving on the track.

Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmissions (M DCT with Drivelogic)

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The new BMW M2 can be ordered as an option with the latest generation of the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmissions (M DCT with Drivelogic). This system, which effectively combines two gearboxes, each with its own clutch, is specially designed to work with the customary engine dynamics of M cars and the engine’s high torque and output. Depending on the driving mode activated, it enables either extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power or ultra-smooth shifts. The extra gear of the M DCT transmission over the six-speed manual gearbox allows very small increases in rpm between gear changes when accelerating and reduces fuel consumption thanks to its longer gear ratios.

Moving between the transmission’s manual modes alters the shift dynamics, but it is the driver who determines the timing of a gear change. The system detects which gear the driver will choose next on the basis of the engine’s revs, the accelerator position, the level of acceleration and the driving mode, and engages it before the driver has actually moved the shift paddle. As a result, the clutches now only need to open or close for the gear-change process to be completed. The change of gear is therefore executed in fractions of a second and enhances the dynamic driving experience in a very palpable way.

M Exhaust system.

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One of the main contributors to the extraordinary dynamic experience on board the new BMW M2 is the optimised exhaust with special flap system. With its four tailpipes, the exhaust system immediately marks the BMW M2 out as a BMW M model and its minimal exhaust back-pressure ensures perfect engine cycles. Added to which, the electrically controlled flap delivers the distinctive BMW M engine soundtrack across the entire rev range without pushing volume levels to their stipulated limits. In addition, drivers can use the Driving Experience Control switch to select a driving mode and a preconfigured sound to go with it.

Chassis.

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With 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, the new BMW M2 has raised the bar once again in the compact high-performance sports car segment when it comes to driving dynamics. The electronically controlled Active M Differential, which optimises traction and directional stability, also plays a significant role here. And even greater driving pleasure is on the cards when the Dynamic Stability Control system’s M Dynamic Mode (MDM) is activated. MDM allows wheel slip and therefore moderate, controlled drifts on the track.

Intelligent connectivity when you want it.

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The new BMW M2 comes with an extensive list of standard equipment in keeping with its performance-focused set-up. The seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic, available as an option, changes gears with extraordinary speed but no interruption in the flow of power. A wide selection of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive is also available. The ConnectedDrive Services provide the basis for extensive vehicle connectivity, and this option also enables the use of innovative apps, which are integrated seamlessly into the car using BMW ConnectedDrive technology.

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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.

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Meanwhile, the driver’s individual style at the wheel can be analysed as desired with the M Laptimer app. Information on speeds and braking points can be shared easily via e-mail or Facebook.

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