The highly anticipated successor to the dynamic and powerful BMW 1 M has finally arrived, Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the 2016 BMW M2.
With 365 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a standard manual transmission, the M2 is everything a BMW M enthusiast dreams of. While the 1 M was put together at the last-minute by BMW engineers with left over parts from the previous generation M3, the M2 was planned from the beginning of the 2-series coupé development program. When compared to its little brother, the BMW M235i, the changes done to the M2 are really extensive.
It’s now time to see how the BMW M2 differs from its little brother, so let’s get started.
Simply put, the 2016 BMW M2 is totally new from the chassis on up. Underneath the attractive shell of the 2-series coupé, BMW M engineers have somehow managed to pack the chassis of the current BMW M3/M4. When compared to the M235i, the front track of the M2 measures 62.2 in (increased from 59.9 in), the rear track’s width is now 63.0 in (up from 61.3 in). With larger front and rear fenders, the overall width of the 2016 BMW M2 increases to 73.0 in (up from 69.8 in). With sportier suspension components, the ride height of the M2 now stands at 55.5 in (down from 55.8 in of the M235i). All of these external changes results in a more powerful and muscular looking sports coupé.
At the front axle, the BMW M2 rides on 245/35ZR-19 high performance summer tires, at the back axle, the car is fitted with massive 265/35ZR-19 high performance summer tires. Brakes on the M2 are shared with the M3/M4 duo, so stopping on a dime will not be an issue. An electronic rear differential (Active M Differential) helps keep the car stable during hard cornering.
The standard six-speed manual transmission is now programmed with rev-matching function which allows the driver to match the rpms during downshifts, but the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission ups the fun factor by including a “smoky burnout function” according to BMW engineers.
The powerful BMW M2 can be easily differentiated from the M235i by its unique front fascia, larger lower air intakes, a rear spoiler, and the M trademark quad exhaust tips. Even with the added power and content, the M2 is 55 pounds lighter than the M235i, and weighs in at 3450 pounds.
The newest M car is powered by the ubiquitous N55 inline-six cylinder engine, which has been heavily modified to produce 365 horsepower at 6500 rpm and base torque of 343 lb.ft. between 1400 and 5560 rpm. A overboost function temporarily ups the torque output to 369 lb.ft. between 1450 and 4750 rpm. The single twin-scroll turbocharged engine revs up to an eye watering 7000 rpm. In comparison, the same engine in the M235i generates 320 horsepower and 330 lb.ft. torque.
When the BMW M2 arrives on our shores, it will feature two transmission options. The standard unit is a six-speed manual and the optional unit is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, in the BMW M235i, the optional transmission is a quick shifting ZF-sourced eight-speed torque converter automatic (a manual transmission is standard).
To protect the engine from excessive heat during track outings, the cooling system in the M2 has been heavily modified, and M2 models equipped with DCT gets its own oil cooler.
With launch control activated, the DCT equipped M2 sprints to 60 mph from 0 in 4.2 seconds, the six-speed manual M2 hits the same mark in 4.4 seconds. Regardless of the transmission choice, top speed has been electronically governed to 155 mph
The BMW M2 is scheduled to land on our shores in spring of 2016. As of this writing, BMW has not announced any official information regarding its final price tag, but more info will be released closer to its launch day. However, one thing is for sure, regardless of its final price, the 2016 BMW M2 will be worth every single cent.
Information and Image Source: BMW USA