It became a trend that historical vehicles to benefit over modern interpretations. BMW kept the essence of the 40 years-old BMW 2002 turbo by launching the impressive M2 Coupe.
There’s no need to look twice to place the M2 in the exclusive Motorsport family: huge air intakes bite from the front laser-cut aprone, 19 inch double spoke wheels stick to the asphalt and twin tailpipe exhaust system delivers a proper M-sound. Onboard, the sport-oriented mix of Alcantara and carbon fiber makes the driver feel like a racer. But since a BMW is much about the engine, let’s see what’s under the hood. It’s an M TwinPower turbo, three-liter six-cylinder in-line engine. It develops 370 hp at 6500 rpm, which helps the car accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, when equipped with the seven speed M DCT.
In this configuration, the average fuel consumption reaches an excellent 7.9 l/100 km (185 g/km CO2), thanks to the combination of the light weight and the impressive engine torque: 465 Nm from 1400 rot/min (and even 500 Nm in overboost). As usually,BMW decided to limit the top speed at 250 km/h. A big quantity of aluminum had to be used at the front and rear axles, which were borrowed from the M3 model. More, the M compound brakes along with M Servotronic steering allow an excellent control at great speeds, while still maintaining a relaxed ride in everyday use. An Active M differential had been fitted, allowing the moderate drift when the M Dynamic Mode is activated. On the track, if the driver aims for a good lap time, the M Laptimer app can record the dynamic information and easily e-mail them or share them to Facebook. We’ll have to wait for it until April, but the UK price is £44.000, while in US it will cost $52,700.