2019 LA AUTO SHOW: BMW M2 CS, M8 Gran Coupe, 2 Series Gran Coupe

Auto Shows | November 7th, 2019 by 2
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For BMW, this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show will be a busy event, with an avalanche of new models to be displayed at the North American motor salon kicking off on November 18th.

BMW will celebrate the world premieres for the latest additions to its lineup. Up to now, 2019 has been a fruitful and rich year for the Bavarians, especially the last two months. BMW has already revealed online the new vehicles that are scheduled for official unveiling in Los Angeles.

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The BMW M GmbH high-performance division will mark an extensive presence at LAAS 2019, with a fleet of new models composed of the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Competition Gran Coupe, followed by the X5 M/ X5 M Competition and X6 M/X6 M Competition and the recently showcased M2 CS.

The biggest non-M world premiere will the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is going to be brand’s first compact, front-driven model to be sold in the United States as well. The BMW Motorrad division will be presenting the R 18 motorbike concept, which was previously revealed during Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May 2019.

BMW M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Competition Gran Coupe

The new high-performance four door luxury coupe arrives in style to complete the 8 Series lineup of models. The F93 model generation embodies a powerful design idiom combined with striking key visual elements specific for BMW M. As for its Coupe and Convertible, the powertrain is composed of the 4.4-liter V8 unit producing 600 PS (592 hp) / 625 PS (617 hp), mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox which sends power to all four wheels via the M xDrive specifically designed traction system.

For the start of sales, the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe will also be offered as a First Edition limited-run model, set to go in a production of just 400 examples.

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BMW X5 M / X5 M Competition and BMW X6 / X6 M Competition

Two different characters, two different body styles: the new X5 M and X6 M are set to conquer the segment of high-performance SAV/SAC models. The F95 and F96 generation, offered in Competition variant as well, showcase their different identities through an exterior design exuding muscularity and brute force. The powerplant is the same 4,395 cmc V8 twin-turbocharged engine known from the M8 and M5 families.

Starting August 2020, the new X5 M and X6 M will also be available to order with extended BMW Individual appointments.

BMW M2 CS

The newly showcased BMW M2 CS (Club Sport) is the racing-honed brother of the current BMW M2 Competition. The peak output of the powerplant underneath the hood of the M2 CS was increased to 450 PS (444 hp), the braking and suspension systems have been sharpened, several aerodynamical modifications were carried out and many chassis and body components have been manufactured from lightweight carbon fiber. Purist fans will be able to choose either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed M dual-clutch transmission.

The M2 CS will be assembled in a limited production of 2,200 units starting next year.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The new 2 Series Gran Coupe is the second compact model to be underpinned by the new FAAR front-driven platform, after the 1 Series (F40). The F44 model generation reimagines the design theme of the BMW hatchback and adds a more premium feel to the overall design, characterized by the sloping roofline and the sharper silhouette. The new compact-sized four-door coupe from the Munich-based carmaker is packed full of assistance and digital equipment.

Power comes from a range of frugal, transversally-mounted 3- and 4-cylinder engines. The most powerful model of the lineup is the M235i xDrive, equipped standardly with all-wheel drive and put into motion by the B48 4-cylinder M Performance powerplant rated at 306 PS (302 hp).

BMW Motorrad Concept R 18

The BMW Motorrad motorbike division revives the passion of the forgotten 2-wheelers with big boxer engines. The R 18 show prototype has been premiered on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, during Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at the end of May 2019. Now, the boxer motorbike is one step closer to production, with the serial market introduction scheduled for 2020. The series R 18 bike will feature the iconic big boxer architecture and will take many of the classic styling cues seen on the concept motorbike.

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