The highly anticipated, all-new BMW M2 has finally made it’s debut and it’s looking to be an impressive one. This compact high-performance model joins the rest of BMW’s elite line-up of M Sport vehicles boasting a high-performance six cylinder in-line engine, an agile rear-wheel-drive, lightweight aluminum suspension, and of course, impeccable styling.
The M2 clearly takes inspiration from its predecessors, the original E30 BMW M3 and the classic BMW 2002 turbo. With a single glance, enthusiasts will recognize the signature M finishes, such as the low front apron with large air intakes, the large, muscular flanks sporting classic M gills, the 19 inch aluminum wheels with standard M double-spoke design and an M specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system.
Also shouting classic M Sport is the interior design of the car. We find the Alcantara of the door cards meeting the carbon fibre of the center console, along with the blue contrast stitching and M embossed details. Throw in the sports seats, M sports steering wheel and the M gearshift lever and you’ve got a sexy, sporty interior providing the perfect ambience for the M driving experience.
Where this car shines, like most BMWs, is under the hood. There you will find an engine that is truly the benchmark for the high-performance compact sports car segment. The newly designed three-liter six-cylinder engine utilizes cutting edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to deliver 370hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, all while being extremely fuel efficient. The engine gets 33.2 mpg with an incredibly low CO2 emission, 199 g/km. The M2 will do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and has a current governed top speed of 155 mph. Both a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed automatic M Double Clutch Transmission are available. The M DCT technology delivers gear changes at extraordinary speed with no interruption to the flow of power.
The car also comes equipped with plenty of standard equipment to keep pace with its performance-focused engineering. A large selection of driver assistance systems and mobility series is available from BMW ConnectedDrive. ConnectedDrive Services enables the use of innovative apps, integrating them into the car seamlessly. The GoPro app, for example, allows the driver to record laps done at the track with an action camera mounted to the dash using the iDrive Controller and Control Display. The M Laptimer app will analyze the driver’s individual style behind the wheel while running track laps and allows for easy sharing of the information captured via email or Facebook.
Judging from the press release, the new M2 has everything you could want and more from the compact high-performance sports car segment: a stylish interior and exterior, plenty of gadgets to keep the tech savvy happy, and a beasty, yet efficient, engine under the hood. I’m counting the days until I can check out this beauty in person at the LA Auto Show.
M2 Information Courtesy of BMW GROUP