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The new BMW M2 offers M's signature level of performance, but in one of its purest forms. With its 338 kW (460 hp) powerful 6-cylinder in-line gasoline engine, (optional) six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, the second generation of the compact high-performance sports car promises unadulterated driving pleasure. The introduction of the new BMW M2 is a new highlight of the model offensive marking the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH. The new BMW M2 will be introduced worldwide from April 2023. The car will be produced at the San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico, where BMW also produces the new BMW 2 Series Coupe. The BMW M2 will be available in the Netherlands from a recommended retail price of €113,806.
Compact dimensions, extremely powerful proportionsThe athletic appearance of the BMW M2 is due to its compact dimensions, extremely powerful proportions and design details characteristic of M. The body is 214 mm and the wheelbase is 110 mm shorter than that of the BMW M4 Coupe. At the same time, both the body width and track width are significantly larger than those of the new BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The large, rimless BMW kidney grille with horizontal bars and the three-part, almost rectangular lower air intake give the new BMW M2 Coupe a familiar M face. The design was created with the technical requirements of cooling air supply and aerodynamics in mind. Bright surfaces, prominent sill extensions and muscular wheel wells dominate the side view. The rear of the BMW M2 also looks compact and powerful and features a number of specific details, such as the distinctive spoiler surround on the tailgate, the vertically positioned reflectors, the minimalist diffuser insert in the rear bumper and the two pairs of exhaust pipes positioned relatively far to the center.
The choice of body colors for the new BMW M2 includes Zandvoort Blau and Toronto Rot metallic, reserved exclusively for this model. Optional is the roof in M Carbon, which reduces the weight of the car by about six kilograms.
6-cylinder in-line gasoline engine delivers instant powerThe 6-cylinder in-line gasoline engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology in the new BMW M2 is distinguished by the ease with which it climbs high in revs and delivers extreme performance - characteristic of M. Incidentally, this engine version differs in only a few respects from the engine fitted in the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The 3.0-liter engine responds directly to the accelerator pedal, willingly revs high and delivers its power linearly all the way to the highest rpm range.
The engine in the new BMW M2 delivers its maximum output of 338 kW (460 hp) at 6,250 rpm, surpassing its predecessor's engine of 66 kW (90 hp). Maximum torque of 550 Nm is available from 2,650 to 5,870 rpm. The maximum speed is 7,200 rpm. The pulsating power build-up is accompanied by a rich soundtrack from the M-specific exhaust system with electrically controlled valves. The oil system, like the cooling system, is designed for extremely dynamic driving on the track.
Advanced sports car cockpit standard with BMW Curved DisplayThe new BMW M2 features a driver-oriented dashboard, with not only M-specific display, controls and setting options, but also the advanced BMW Curved Display. Driver-relevant information - including the light indicating the shift moment - appears in a new graphic layout on the 12.3-inch Info Display. M specific widgets for car settings and tire condition are just two items that can be called up in the 14.9-inch Control Display. The optional BMW Head-Up Display also offers M-specific displays.
Both the BMW Curved Display and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant belong to the latest generation of BMW iDrive. This is based on the BMW Operating System 8 and is specifically designed for intuitive driver-vehicle interaction through touch controls and voice commands. The new BMW iDrive system offers personalization options with the BMW ID and the My BMW App. Smartphone Integration for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is also included as standard in the BMW M2, which also features a 5G antenna for optimal connectivity.
The driver and front passenger are welcomed by sports seats in a model-specific design with Sensatec/Alcantara upholstery. M Sport seats with integrated headrests and perforated upholstery in Vernasca leather/Sensatec are available as an alternative. The M Carbon bucket seats on the option list are built around a structure made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) with openings in the side cheeks and headrest. They reduce the car's weight by about 10.8 kilograms.
Sophisticated chassis technology, precise and extremely controllable road behaviorThe compact dimensions, short wheelbase and almost perfectly balanced weight distribution (50:50) of the new BMW M2 collectively ensure precise, extremely subtly controllable road behavior. Agility, dynamics and precision are further enhanced by the outstanding torsional rigidity of the body structure and the fixing of the suspension with additional reinforcements.
Both the front suspension with double struts and the rear suspension with five wishbones feature M-specific kinematics. The standard equipment of the BMW M2 includes the Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Servotronic steering with variable gear ratio, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) including M Dynamic Mode and high-performance M Compound brakes with six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. The integrated braking system offers the driver two settings for pedal feel. The BMW M2 comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels at the front and 20-inch alloy wheels at the rear - both one inch larger than the wheels fitted as standard on the BMW M3 and BMW M4. Optionally, they can be fitted with track tires