The highly speculated brand new M-powered addition to the BMW family is revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2016. Taking the spotlight for the first time, the BMW M2 Coupe packs cutting-edge TwinPower Turbo performance and intelligent connectivity in the signature light-weight BMW Motorsport design.
Official BMW M2 Release Video
Few Exterior Shots of the M2
To say that the M2 is an upgrade from the former M1 model is an understatement. The compact sports coupe traces its roots back 40 years to the notorious BMW 2002 turbo which first captured the attention of the world at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Nevertheless, it was not the only inspiration behind the new M model. The legendary first generation E30 M3 and renowned racing sensation BMW 3.0 CSL paved the engineering design aspirations for the new BMW M2.
BMW M2’s Powerful Engine
The new BMW M2’s impressive power output is much like an extensively tuned-up version of the recently released M235i. Rated 365 bhp at 6,500 rpm, maximum rev of 7,000 rpm can be achieved. The engine’s peak torque is measured at 343 lb-ft which can be further elevated to 369 lb-ft with the overboost function instills the coupe with more torque than the outgoing M3 models.
Fitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission, M2 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. While equipped with the M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT, as a Performance Option), the newly launched baby M accomplishes the 0 to 60 mph dash in just 4.2 seconds. The 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine top speeds at 155 mph for the US production version.
The “Magic” of the Motorsport M Power Built for the Road
Built with the latest BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, the inline-6 of M2 consists of a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, variable camshaft timing (Double-VANOS) and VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control. What gives the exceptional power to the all-aluminum engine unit is its rigid closed-decked design and thermodynamically optimized properties. With the cylinder water jacket sealed at the top, higher cylinder pressure can be developed and in turn more power can be produced.
The design of the M2 engine have been especially sought out to combine elected performance components from the 2014 year model M3 and M4; components such as the crankshaft main bearing shells and the optimized piston top ring to incorporate grey-cast iron liners. In addition, high performance spark plugs are especially designed to endure the higher temperatures of the engine.
The BMW engineers designed the M2 with performance optimization in mind. The turbocharger for instance, is incorporated into the exhaust manifold. The result is a shorter warm-up time for the engine and less emission production. Furthermore, a modified oil supply system is in place to limit movement of the oil during sudden acceleration or brake. The arrangement ensures consistent oil supply to the engine under any driving situation.
Outstanding BMW Energy Efficiency
In addition to the Auto Start/Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration, fuel saving from the ancillary components further reduces energy consumption. The coolant pump for example, saves energy by being active only during required operations. The air conditioning compressor turns off when non-operative, and the oil pump is engineered to be map-controlled.
The Electric Power Steering integrates M specified Servotronic function, which electronically controls the level of steering assistance according to vehicle speed, and it can be adjusted easily with the Driving Dynamic Control. The Electric Power Steering does not need electricity during a straight-ahead driving condition which contributes to energy saving. These fuel efficiently functions combined can greatly reduce the vehicles’ emission and energy waste.
The M2 6-Speed Manual Transmission vs. 7-Speed M Double Clutch Transmission
The Standard equipment gearbox designed for the new BMW M2 is the light and compact Six-Speed Manual Transmission with automatic rev-matching. Racing fanatics would appreciate the smooth shift operation derived from the well-balanced supply of dry-sump lubrication throughout the entire system. In addition, the engagement speed control function further ensures a steadier drive.
The M designated Seven-Speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic is a Performance Option upgrade specifically designed for the BMW M high-powered engines. Synchronizing two drive trains with its individual clutches controlled by an integrated hydraulic module, the configuration detects and engages the next gear shift according to the engine’s drive mode and levels of acceleration.
The outcome is uninterrupted power flow through seamless gear changes within milliseconds. Shifting can be done automatically or manually with the M gearshift lever located on the center console or with the M steering wheel shift paddles.
Nürburgring Tested Performance Brakes
Inheriting the lightweight forged aluminum axle system from the latest generations of M3 and M4, the double-joint spring-strut front axle with four-piston fixed calipers and the two-piston fixed caliper rear axle significantly reduces unsprung mass. Axles are painted in the signature M Compound Brakes metallic blue and etched with the symbolic M logo. The perforated brake disc rings with inner-vents are constructed with grey-cast iron.
Front and rear axles are respectively fitted with a large 15-inch and 14.5-inch rotor. Under the strenuous wears and tears of track runs, the M Compound Brakes are proven to be fade resistant and high-heat tolerant. In turn, deceleration, braking and driving dynamics are greatly improved.
Uncompromised M Performance Dynamics
Bestowed with the renowned M performance equipment, the BMW M2 is completed with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), M Dynamic Mode (MDM, a sub function of DSC), and Active M Differential Control. DSC optimizes stability by sensor-controlling the chassis to prevent and correct oversteering or understeering. M Dynamic Mode on the other hand delays the DSC intervention by taking the training wheels off of DSC-baby-sitting and allowing a greater degree of wheel slip.
In addition, the Active M Differential provides directional and traction stability by applying different degrees of locking effect (between 0 to 100) to wheels in order to prevent traction loss. The M2 is made perfect for laps on the track or simply the daily cruises.
"Custom" High-Rev Exhaust Sound
There is one more piece of M2 fact or should we say controversial to speculate over. The “optimized” exhaust in the M2 is equipped with a special electronically controlled flap system. If you have a thing for high-revving cars and their roaring exhaust, the M2 can certainly satisfy your ears. Through the Driving Dynamic Control function, drivers can now choose a desirable “composed” exhaust sound to go with a driving mode. Natural or not, no one will ever miss the fact that this BMW comes with a shining M badge.
Overall a well done! The BMW M2 Coupe is certainly a versatile power in a smaller package. Stirring up much commotion across the continents, fans eagerly anticipates M2’s arrival in the US dealerships.