2016 BMW M2 revealed – brand-new video as well as exclusive studio pictures
Source : 2016 BMW M2 revealed – brand-new video as well as exclusive studio pictures
The smallest of BMW’s M cars will take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45, the Audi RS3 as well as Porsche Cayman when which arrives here next April
Pictured here in production guise for the very first time ahead of a planned public debut at the Detroit motor show in January, the eagerly anticipated M2 is usually the indirect successor to the short-lived 1 Series M Coupé produced in limited numbers by 2010.
When which goes on sale here next April, the two-door will be priced at £44,070, pitching which £12,520 below the larger as well as more powerful M3, which until currently has been the entry point into BMW’s M car line-up.
Together with the newly facelifted £39,995 A45, the M2 will be a rival to the £39,950 Audi RS3 Sportback when sales begin.
Unlike its highly rated four-wheel-drive hatchback rivals, the rear-wheel-drive M2 maintains a rich tradition for coupé versions at BMW’s M division, harking all the way back to the original M3.
As a result, BMW’s M division boss, Franciscus Van Meel, is usually also counting on competition by the Porsche Cayman S, which starts at £49,473, for the brand-new M2.
At the heart of the brand-new cost-leading M car is usually a heavily modified edition of BMW’s six-year-old N55 petrol engine, as used in an early evolution by the 1 Series M Coupé. The turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder unit has been heavily reworked by M division engineers to provide the sort of performance, response as well as aural character expected of a full-blown M car engine.
Unlike the more powerful S55-designated twin turbocharged unit found inside M3, the M2’s aluminium block engine relies on 1 turbocharger which uses a twin-scroll process to boost induction, as with BMW’s regular six-cylinder petrol-engined versions.
Despite which fundamental difference, the reworked N55 engine adopts the same pistons, crankshaft bearing shells, exhaust system elements as well as some other as yet unspecified components as the S55 powerplant. which also uses similar Valvetronic variable valve control as well as Double Vanos variable camshaft control processes.
The result is usually a peak power output of 365bhp at 6500rpm, giving the M2 60bhp less than the M3 yet 30bhp more than the 1 Series M Coupé. In combination using a claimed kerb weight of 1495kg – 40kg more than the M235i on which which is usually heavily based – which also gives the brand-new BMW a power-to-weight ratio of 244bhp per tonne, which is usually marginally better than the 242bhp per tonne of the Mercedes A45 4Matic.
M division is usually keen to talk up the torque qualities of the engine, yet the 343lb ft produced between 1400 as well as 5560rpm is usually 62lb ft less than which of the M3 as well as 26lb ft less than which of the 1 Series M Coupé. However, an overboost function, activated during kickdown, raises peak torque to 369lb ft between 1450 as well as 4750rpm for what BMW describes as an ‘extra-linear’ delivery.
Buyers can choose between a standard six-speed manual gearbox featuring a throttle-blip function, or an optional seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox with the choice of both manual as well as automatic modes, Comfort, Sport as well as Sport+ driving modes, launch control as well as a so-called Smoky Burnout function, which allows wheelspin off the line. With the DCT gearbox, the kerb weight increases by 25kg to 1520kg. As on all M cars, an electronic limited-slip M-differential, using a fully variable locking effect, is usually standard.
With the standard manual gearbox, BMW says the M2 accelerates by 0 to 62mph in 4.5sec. With the DCT fitted, a lower first gear ratio as well as the effectiveness of the launch control reduce the time to 4.3sec.
By comparison, the facelifted A45 hits 62mph in a claimed 4.2sec. The M2’s nominal top speed is usually limited to 155mph, yet buyers can specify a driver’s package which raises which to 168mph.
The bullish-looking M2 is usually visually differentiated by lesser 2 Series coupé versions by numerous external surfaces design modifications, all described by BMW as being functional elements.
Included is usually a brand-new as well as heavily structured front bumper with winglets used to channel cooling air to enlarged ducts, a subtly modified kidney grille featuring a BMW M logo, wider front as well as rear wings, a brand-new side feature line as well as chrome highlights housing the repeater lights ahead of the doors.
Further back there are wider sills, a smaller boot lip spoiler as well as a prominent rear bumper housing an integral diffuser with M division’s signature quad tailpipes.Together, the external surfaces design modifications are claimed to reduce drag by 5% as well as reduce lift by up to 35% over the standard 2 Series.
The M2 is usually clearly the smallest of all current M cars. using a length of 4468mm, width of 1854mm as well as height of 1410mm, which is usually 202mm shorter, 21mm narrower as well as 10mm lower than the M3. which also carries a wheelbase which is usually 117mm shorter than which of the M3, at 2693mm.
The latest M car rides on a largely bespoke chassis, which features tracks which are increased in width by a substantial 64mm at the front as well as 71mm at the rear over those used by the current range topping 2 Series design, the M235i, at 1579mm as well as 1601mm respectively. They’re essentially the same tracks used by the M3 as well as its two-door sibling, the M4.
Additional bracing between the suspension towers helps to boost the rigidity of the 2 Series coupé’s steel Centeng. M division has also dispensed with rear bushings, with the M2’s rear axle subframe bolted directly to the structure.
The suspension, featuring MacPherson struts up front as well as a 5-link arrangement at the rear, also receives numerous lightweight components, including forged aluminium control arms as well as wheel carriers, in order to lower the unsprung weight by a claimed 3kg. The springs, dampers, front bushings, roll bars as well as electro-mechanical steering system are also all uniquely tuned.
The brand-new BMW rides on 9.0Jx19in front as well as 10.0x19in rear wheels shod with 245/35 as well as 265/35-profile Michelin Pilot super Sport tyres respectively. Featuring a double-spoke design, the wheels house 380mm front as well as 370mm rear steel disc brakes, which are acted upon by four-piston front as well as two-piston rear calipers.Inside, the M2 continues the tradition of subtle sportiness evident in all recent BMW M division offerings.
modifications include unique instrument graphics, a leather-bound M Sport steering wheel (with integral paddles on versions equipped with the dual-clutch automatic gearbox), sport seats in black leather with adjustable side bolsters, an aluminium foot rest as well as a centre console-mounted kneepad for the driver.
The M2 will be launched in coupé bodystyle only. Rumours have suggested which M division is usually preparing a cabriolet variant, although which is usually denied by insiders, who say the brand-new car is usually being positioned first as well as foremost as a performance car which will serve as a springboard for numerous racing variants, including a possible track-only GT4 design inside future.
Comment – Matt Prior: Will which be worth the wait?
I remember the fever before the 1 Series M Coupé was officially announced. Might which be, we wondered, a basic, lightweight, thin-tyred, four-piston rev monster inside style of the original E30 M3?
Well, no, which wasn’t. which had a big six-cylinder engine as well as fat old tyres. At first, you might have almost been disappointed, yet which turned out which which was an immense giggle. which has also set the precedent for subsequent sub-3 as well as 4 Series M cars, whose mould which M2 is usually clearly by.
The M2, then, carries on by where the 1 Series M Coupé left off, which is usually extremely encouraging. The M235i by which the M2 is usually spawned has already on these pages seen off an M4 as well as an Alpina edition of the same in a group test. We loved which the 2 Series was lighter, more agile as well as equally as engaging. All which needed, we pondered, was a bit more M-ness. as well as currently which’s set to get which. Goody.
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