After a long wait, BMW decided to finally take the veils off its latest M Performance model and show us what it has been testing on the Nurburgring for quite some time now, the BMW X2 M35i. Spotted numerous times on the Green Hell with camo on it, the new M Performance model is actually a precursor for future other high-performance cars part of the BMW line-up. For now though, let’s take a closer look at it.

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As we reported a while back, the new BMW X2 M35i comes with the most powerful 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine the Germans ever made. It is rated at 306 PS which translates to roughly 301 HP in the US. It’s an enhanced version of the B48 mill we all have grown to love from cars with the John Cooper Works logo on them. That’s not a coincidence either as this will become the first ever M Performance model to be built atop a FWD platform, namely the UKL architecture.

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However, the X2 M35i is not front-wheel drive. Instead, all cars will be all-wheel drive, using an Aisin-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox to send the power from the engine to the four corners of the car. AWD in combination with Launch Control will make sure that the 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque developed by the engine send you to 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 4.9 seconds which is decent and on par with the competition.

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The X2 M35i comes with a couple of specific features, the most impressive being the specially-designed seats you won’t find on any other car. They look brilliant and match the car’s sporty character. Furthermore, the M Sport suspension comes as standard along with an M Sport locking differential for the front axle. This is new for a BMW model, and it will be interesting to see exactly how it works in real life. M Sport brakes come as standard as well with fixed calipers.

BMW claims the steering and suspension setups have been adapted for M Performance levels as well, while the rear axle construction has been redesigned. If you want to get the most out of the car, a suspension with an adaptive spring and damper combination offering two different manually adjustable modes is also optionally available.

From the outside, you’ll distinguish the new X2 M35i thanks to a couple of familiar Cerium Grey accents located on the front bumper and side mirrors. Furthermore, round the back you’ll notice the dual exhaust pipes (100 mm in diameter), the M rear spoiler and from the sides the 19″ wheels. Production is set to kick off in November, this year for the US market and March 2019 for the European one.

2019 BMW X2 M35i

BMW X2 M35i
 Seats5
 Number of Doors5
 Drive typeAWD
 Lengthinches172.2
 Widthinches71.8
 Width including mirrorsinches82.6
 Heightinches60.1
 Wheelbaseinches105.1
 Ground clearanceinches7.2
 Turning radiusfeet18.6
 Shoulder width frontinches55.6
 Shoulder room rearinches53.9
 Legroom frontinches40.3
 Legroom rearinches36.7
 Headroom frontinches39.8
 Headroom rearinches37.1
 Trunk volume (SAE)ft³21.6 – 50.1
 Fuel Tank capacitygallons16.1
 Curb weightlbs.3713
 Gross vehicle weightlbs.4818
 Payloadlbs.898
 Engine typeB48
 Cylinders4
 Valves per cylinder4
 Strokemm94.6
 Boremm82.2
 Displacementcm³1998
 Compression rate:19.5
 Engine powerhp302
 at rpm1/min5,000 – 6,250
 Engine torqueft. lbs.332
 at rpm1/min1,750 – 4,500
 Fuel typeGasoline
 Recommended FuelPremium
 Engine oil capacityquarts5.25
 Output per literhp/liter112.6
 TransmissionAisin 8G45
 Transmission typeAutomatic
 Gear ratios 1st gear5.519
 2nd3.184
 3rd2.05
 4th1.492
 5th1.235
 6th1
 7th0.801
 8th0.673
 Reverse gear4.221
 Final drive ratio3.2
 Power-steering typeEPS
 Steering ratio:115
 Tires 19” front 225/45R19 92W
 Tires 19” rear225/45R19 92W
 Wheels 19” front & rearinches8J x 19 LM
 Track, front inches62
 Rear, trackinches61.9
 Cx0.33
 0-60 mphseconds4.9
 Top speedmph130 (150 w/Perf. tires)
 EPA Fuel Economy, city / hwympg tbd