WORLD PREMIERE: BMW X2 M35i Unveiled with 300 HP

BMW X2, News | September 6th, 2018 by 32
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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.

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
 Seats 5
 Number of Doors 5
 Drive type AWD
 Length inches 172.2
 Width inches 71.8
 Width including mirrors inches 82.6
 Height inches 60.1
 Wheelbase inches 105.1
 Ground clearance inches 7.2
 Turning radius feet 18.6
 Shoulder width front inches 55.6
 Shoulder room rear inches 53.9
 Legroom front inches 40.3
 Legroom rear inches 36.7
 Headroom front inches 39.8
 Headroom rear inches 37.1
 Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 21.6 – 50.1
 Fuel Tank capacity gallons 16.1
 Curb weight lbs. 3713
 Gross vehicle weight lbs. 4818
 Payload lbs. 898
 Engine type B48
 Cylinders 4
 Valves per cylinder 4
 Stroke mm 94.6
 Bore mm 82.2
 Displacement cm³ 1998
 Compression rate :1 9.5
 Engine power hp 302
 at rpm 1/min 5,000 – 6,250
 Engine torque ft. lbs. 332
 at rpm 1/min 1,750 – 4,500
 Fuel type Gasoline
 Recommended Fuel Premium
 Engine oil capacity quarts 5.25
 Output per liter hp/liter 112.6
 Transmission Aisin 8G45
 Transmission type Automatic
 Gear ratios 1st gear 5.519
 2nd 3.184
 3rd 2.05
 4th 1.492
 5th 1.235
 6th 1
 7th 0.801
 8th 0.673
 Reverse gear 4.221
 Final drive ratio 3.2
 Power-steering type EPS
 Steering ratio :1 15
 Tires 19” front 225/45R19 92W
 Tires 19” rear 225/45R19 92W
 Wheels 19” front & rear inches 8J x 19 LM
 Track, front inches 62
 Rear, track inches 61.9
 Cx 0.33
 0-60 mph seconds 4.9
 Top speed mph 130 (150 w/Perf. tires)
 EPA Fuel Economy, city / hwy mpg tbd