The Smallest of M-series – Meet New BMW M2

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The compact hot coupe of the M-family, built on the basis of the two-door 2-Series, was declassified by the Bavarians in mid-October 2015. The official debut for the US took place in January 2016 (at the motor show passing in Detroit), and the European premiere took place in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Unlike the standard 2-series, the BMW M2 acquired: much more aggressive body kit, a high-performance six cylinder under the hood and other M attributes.

M Family

The first thing that catches your eye when looking at the BMW M2 coupe is a sporty and daring front end with bloated nostrils of the grille, aggressive bumpers, inflated wheel arches… the rear diffuser with the quartet of exhaust pipes – looks pretty impressive.

The final mite in the construction of the M image is 19 inch wheel rims, with tires 245/35 R19 in front and 265/35 R19 at the rear. BMW M2 slightly larger than its civil brother: 175.9″ in length, 73″ in width and 55.5″ in height. The wheelbase of the car extends by 106″, and the ground clearance fits in 4.8″. The width of the front and rear track is 62.1″ and 63″ respectively.

Sporty Interior

A solid front panel, laconic tools, accessories on the center console, well thought-out ergonomics and high-quality finishing materials – inside the BMW M2 is almost all familiar to the basic car. On the top of this compartment is M-steering wheel, dense sports seats with a developed profile, as well as Alcantara in the decoration of doors and torpedo.

The back seats of M2 coupe is molded for two people, as well as the standard model, but even they will be cramped in all directions. The volume of the luggage compartment is also pretty small – 13.7 cu ft in the standard position.

In the base trim of the Bavarian two-door are fully-fledged LED lights, a two-zone climate control, a premium audio system, a multimedia center with a color screen, an active M-differential in the rear axle and many other benefits responsible for comfort and safety.

The Power of Six

Under the hood of the BMW M2 Coupe there is a petrol six-cylinder unit with in-line configuration, direct fuel supply to the combustion chamber and a twin scroll turbocharger. At the exit, it has 370 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 342 ft lb of peak torque available at 1400-5560 rpm. The overboost function allows the engine to briefly deliver 368 ft lb of torque at 1450-4750 rpm.

The powerful I6 is coupled with the 6-speed manual or 7-speed M DCT robotic with a pair of clutches. In the first case, the rear-drive coupe “shoots” from a place to 60 in 4.5 seconds, in the second – by 0.2 seconds faster. Regardless of the type of transmission, the top speed forcibly limited at 155 mph, but optionally this bar can be moved up to 167 mph.

In mixed traffic conditions, the car consumes an average 29-32 mpg (in favor of the “robot”). At the heart of the BMW M2 is the rear-wheel drive chassis from the base model. On the front there are McPherson-type racks, and in the rear is five-lever architecture. Thanks to the wide use of aluminum, the weight of the car does not exceed 3351 lbs. By default, this M is equipped with an active rear differential, which can change the lock level from 0 to 100%. The German two-door is equipped with an electric power steering with “comfortable” and “sports” operating modes.

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