2016 BMW M2 Coupe Review

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2016 BMW M2 Coupe Review

Postby Yuvi » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:49 am

Overview:
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The new 2016 BMW M2 is one of the most anticipated cars of 2016. BMW launched 365hp twin-turbocharged, rear-wheel drive brutal 1M Coupe in 2010 and the car became an instant success due to its track oriented performance and aggressiveness. The BMW initially planned to produce only 2700 units globally, but the strong market demand forced BMW to produce 6300 units by the end of its production life.

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An absolute rip-snorter to drive, 1M Coupe has a huge fan following and has become an icon over the past few years. It’s very hard to find 1 series M Coupe on the markets today and everyone is so eager to buy this beast that the used 1M is worth more than it was when new. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe was produced only in limited numbers from 2010-2012. After that BMW introduced its successor, the performance-oriented M235i Coupe, but the M235i Coupe was too heavy and lacks the wildness of its forerunner.

The BMW M235i, M3, M4, and M5, all are great cars, but they have never captivated the audience in the same way as their predecessor 1M Coupe. Finally, after six years of long wait, the BMW has unveiled the successor of a 1M Coupe with M Badge; meet the all new 2016 BMW M2.

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Equipped with 3.0-liter twin-power inline six cylinder engine, the 365hp M2 Coupe looks small, agile and aggressive and promises to build on the legacy of the slightly wild 1M Coupe. The M2 perfectly fill the gap in the current M line-up and offers a balanced performance and power, making it perfect driver’s car.

Exterior:

As this is a fully fledged M performance car, a detailed attention has been given to every section of this car. A huge amount of experience, engineering and hard work has been involved in the designing and manufacturing of M2 Coupe. The M2 features more aggressive styling, a muscular appearance and widebody stance with flared wheel arches.

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Up front, the revised bumper with massive air intakes, honeycomb grille and sculpted aero add-ons gives M2 a menacing look. The large air intakes allows sufficient air for direct cooling and air curtains mounted in the outer air intakes guide air around the wheels to reduce the overall drag. The signature twin-kidney grille with an M badge feature black painted double bars, which reflect the style of double-spoke wheels. The twin circular headlights look stylish and underline the car’s forward-surging look. BMW claims the M2 has 5 percent less drag than the standard 2 series, while the overall lift is reduced by 35 percent.

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From the side, the all new BMW M2 features flared wheel arches (inspired from BMW 3.0 CSL) to accommodate 19-inch wider wheels. The short front overhang, sweeping hood and long wheelbase represents M design elements for better dynamic performance. The side swage line, which starts rearwards at the front axle, extends upwards dynamically towards the tail and links flanks of the car with its rear end. The prominent side skirts add sportier character to side profile and help to optimise airflow on the door panels and rear wheel arches.

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The new M2 has a wheelbase of 106 inches and ground clearance of 4.8 inches. It is 176.2 inches long, 73 inches wider and 55.5 inches tall. The flared wheel arches has increased overall width at the front by 2.1 inches and 3.1 inches at the rear, which explains its muscular stance. The new M2 is 7 inches shorter than the M4, but almost have same exterior dimensions of the original E30 M3.

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The M-Specific upgrades at the rear include beefed-up rear bumper with deeply sculpted horizontal lines, the vertical reflectors at the outer extremes, an integrated sporty diffuser with BMW M trademark quad-exhaust and trunk-lid mounted rear spoiler. The broad rear also features L-shaped LED taillights and horizontal lines in the trunk lid that highlight its firm grip on the road. The car is lowered using adjustable suspension and the package is rounded off by a set of 19-inch BMW M double-spoke aluminium forged wheels.

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Exterior Specifications:

Vehicle Length 176.2 Inches (4476 mm)
Vehicle Width 73 Inches (1854 mm)
Width including mirrors 78.1 Inches (1984 mm)
Vehicle Height 55.5 Inches (1397 mm)
Wheelbase 106 Inches (2692 mm)
Overhang front 32.1 Inches (815 mm)
Rear overhang 38.1 Inches (968 mm)
Ground clearance 4.8 Inches (122 mm)
Turning circle 38.4 Feet (117 cm)
Curb Weight (MT) 1565 kg
Curb Weight (DCT) 1590 kg

Four exterior paint choices are available currently, which include Long Beach blue Metallic, Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic and Mineral Grey Metallic.


Interior:
The interior of the new M2 comes with M Performance features which include M-badges sport seats wrapped in black Dakota leather with blue contrast stitching, M-spec gear shifter, M2-specific instrument cluster and M-Steering wheel with shift paddles. The other highlights include the M driver foot rest, central console kneepad, a carbon fiber inserts above the glove box and around AC vents, Alcantara door inserts, parking brake foot and shift lever boot.

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The instrument cluster features a 200 mph speedometer and 8000 –rpm tachometer (155 mph top speed and 7000 rpm deadline). M2 coupe comes with a 6.5-inch BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment system equipped with track –related apps like GoPro app for video recording and the M Laptimer data-lagging app.

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The M Laptimer app records the car’s speed, engine speed, gear engagement, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, the steering angle and fuel consumption. All this information helps driver to analyse its performance to improve their laps.

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Interior Specifications:

Legroom front 41.5 Inches (1054 mm)
Legroom 2nd row 33 Inches (838 mm)
Shoulder room front 54.4 Inches (1382 mm)
Shoulder room rear 53.4 Inches (1354 mm)
Headroom front 40.1 Inches (1019 mm)
Maximum headroom 2nd row 36.5 Inches (927 mm)
Headroom front with Sunroof 38.4 Inches (976 mm)
Maximum headroom 2st row with sunroof 35.6 Inches (904 mm)

Engine and Transmission:

Many years of motor racing experience reflect in the new heart of M2 – the latest generation 3.0-liter 6 cylinder inline gasoline engine with M twinpower turbo technology. This engine comprises a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct injection, variable cam-shaft timing, Valvetronic variable valve lift control technology and spark plugs designed to work at very high temperatures.

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The integrated turbocharger in the exhaust manifold allows the all new 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine to produce 365hp at 6500 rpm and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of peak torque at 1450-4750 rpm. The new M2 makes 95 Nm (70 lb-ft) of more torque than the last generation M3 with 4.0-liter V8 engine.
The M2 comes with a standard six speed manual with automatic rev-matching or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (M DCT) gearbox. Both versions equipped with BMW’s Active M differential that optimizes traction and maximizes directional stability.
The 6-speed manual with speed control function, which opens the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine revs on upshifts, makes gear shifting smooth and faster with no interruption in the flow of power.

The 7-speed M Double Clutch transmission with Drivelogic system engages gear in advance, even before the driver actually moves the shift paddle. It engages gear in advance depending on car speed, the engine revs and the driving mode, allowing an ultra-smooth gear shifts in a split-second.
The M exhaust system is optimized with the electronically controlled flap system, which delivers the distinctive M engine exhaust tone across the entire engine revs.

Engine specifications and performance:

Engine - 2979cc, in line six cylinder, 24V, turbocharged
Power - 365hp at 6500rpm
Torque - 465Nm at 1450-4750rpm
0-62mph - 4.5-seconds (Manual) /4.3-seconds with M DCT box (claimed)
Top Speed – 250 kmph (limited)
CO2 emission - 199g/km (Manual) or 185g/km (M DCT)


Performance and Handling:

The 2016 M2 Coupe rides on a set of 19 inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The front wheels are wrapped in 245/35R 19 tires, and the rear wheels are wrapped in 265/35R 19 tires. Braking duties are handled by M compound brakes with 15-inch rotors and four piston callipers up front and 14.5-inch rotors and two-piston units at the rear. Its active M differential puts power to ground and electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential keep the wheel spin in check, preventing the M2 from going off track uneven slippery roads.

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The light weight aluminium structure frame allowed M2 weighs around 1565 kg with manual transmission, while M2 with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) weighs around 1590 kg. The new M2 is 39kg lighter than the M235i and a 48 kg lighter than the M4.

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BMW claims that when coupled with DCT, the new M2 Coupe can reach 60mph from a standing start in just 4.2 seconds and manual-equipped take 4.4 seconds. The top speed is electronically controlled at 250 kmph (155 mph).

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Safety:

The 2016 M2 is equipped with many safety and driver assistance features, including Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with city braking function, reverse parking camera with park distance control and Lane departure warning.
The Coupe comes with front and knee airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear passenger and three-point adjustable seat belts on all seats.
Other control and stability system include ABS, Cornering brake control, Dynamic brake Control, Start-off Assistant and Dynamic Brake Control.

Price:
In European market, M2 costs from GBP44,070 and in the US market it will start from USD51,700 for manual.


Plus Points:
Impressive Performance from M TwinPower turbo 3.0-liter engine
More torque than past generation M3’s
Light weight with wider track
Truly driver’s car with balanced power and performance

Negative points:
Interior Plastic Quality is not up-to mark.
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