THE modern day successor to the likes of the BMW 2002 turbo and E30-era BMW M3 has arrived, with the release of pricing and specs for one of the most highly anticipated launches of 2016 – the BMW M2 Coupe.
The latest offering from BMW’s high-performance M division, the BMW M2 Coupe is powered by a 272kW six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, and features specially tuned M Sport suspension.
The BMW M2 Coupe hits showrooms in Q2 of 2016 and will be available in two variants, with prices starting from $89,900 for the base level M2 Pure, and $98,900 for the range leading M2, and features a broad list of standard specification across the range.
Only available with a six-speed manual transmission featuring new carbon fibre friction lining and speed synchronisation, the BMW M2 Pure introduces the model to a broader audience, while including key features and outstanding performance.
Offering a comprehensive list of base equipment, the BMW M2 features a 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, including integrated Launch Control as standard. A six-speed manual transmission is available at no cost.
The design of the BMW M2 emphasises its place as the leading performance model of the brand’s compact range, with a prominent M double-spoke kidney grille, low-slung front apron with large M air inlets and trapeze-shaped blades and air curtains for optimised aerodynamics.
Characteristic M quad exhausts in high-gloss Chrome and an integrated diffuser element in the rear apron emphasise the athletic low centre of gravity, while a spoiler on the rear edge of the tailgate enhances the aerodynamic balance between the front and rear axle.
Typically driver orientated, the cockpit is complemented by numerous M features, such as Black Dakota leather sports seats with blue contrast stitching, complete with embossed headrests, adjustable side bolsters, open pored carbon fibre trim and M three-spoke steering wheel.
Laying at the heart of the BMW M2 is a three-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.
Enabling immediate power delivery, the engine features a TwinScroll turbocharger, High-Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic variable valve control, generating 272kW and 465Nm.
With all components geared towards maximum performance, from the crankcase bearings to the oil supply, which remains reliable even under extreme g-forces, the BMW M2 charges from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds with a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission or 4.5 seconds as a six-speed manual.
The 7-speed M Double-Clutch transmission optimises acceleration from a standing start while reducing fuel consumption.
Featuring Drivelogic and an integrated Launch Control function, the transmission includes Stability Clutch Control, opening the clutch when the vehicle threatens to oversteer in order to stabilise the car, a function enabling slight rear-wheel slip and Creep on Demand.
The six-speed manual transmission, with new carbon fibre friction lining and speed synchronisation, blips the throttle on downshifts and reduces engine speeds during upshifts for an even more comfortable shifting experience.
An extensive list of standard specification highlights the BMW M2 as the premier model in the 2 Series Coupe range.
Leading the equipment highlights, the BMW M2 Coupe includes an Active M differential, M compound brakes, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Driving Assistant, rear Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera, Carbon fibre interior trim and Dakota leather upholstery. Automatic air conditioning, Bi-Xenon headlights, DAB+ digital radio, navigation system Professional with Real Time Traffic Information, interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle, interior lights package and HiFi sound system are also included on both models.
The BMW M2 receives further equipment, headed by a 7-speed M Double Clutch transmission with Drivelogic, alarm system, Comfort Access System, adaptive headlights, BMW Selective Beam, electric lumbar support and seat adjustment, seat heating and harman/kardon surround sound system.