2016 BMW M2 Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, October 14, 2015
- Turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine
- Modified oil sump for sustained track use
- Rev-matching technology for standard manual gearbox
- Optional M Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Launch Control
- Upgraded engine and transmission cooling systems
- Fully variable Active M Differential
- Aluminum M Sport suspension, wider track
- M compound high-performance brakes
- Revised electric steering tuning
- Quad-outlet performance exhaust system
- Revised styling with improved aerodynamics
- On sale in spring of 2016
BMW says the new performance-oriented 2016 M2 Coupe is a descendant of the 1970s-era 2002 Turbo, and continues in the tradition of the original BMW M3. It is a replacement of sorts for the limited-production BMW 1 M Coupe, which was offered for just a single year.
Styling revisions serve to separate the new M2 from other 2 Series models, while simultaneously improving mechanical cooling, enhancing aerodynamics, and reducing lift. Around back, the new M2 features a diffuser panel punctuated by high-gloss chrome exhaust outlets, and an M rear spoiler decorates the trunk lid.
Swollen fenders contain lightweight forged aluminum 19-in. wheels with exclusive, staggered-width Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance tires. The high-performance brakes feature blue metallic painted calipers.
Four colors will be available when the BMW M2 goes on sale in early 2016: Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Black Sapphire, and Mineral Gray.
In addition to more M logos that you can count, the new M2’s cabin is equipped with M Sport seats in black leather with blue stitching. They feature adjustable side bolsters to ensure a proper fit for a variety of people.
Occupants face open-pore carbon fiber trim and Alcantara decorating the door panels, parking brake boot, and, in some examples, the shift boot. Instrumentation contains M-specific gauges including an 8,000-rpm tachometer and a 200-mph speedometer (top speed is electronically limited to 155).
Aside from a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Launch Control, no options were announced for the BMW M2 Coupe.
Under the Hood
More powerful than the short-lived BMW 1 M Coupe, and capable of generating more torque than the previous-generation BMW M3, the new M2 Coupe is equipped with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine.
The engine makes 365 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 343 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,400 rpm to 5,560 rpm. An Overboost function increases torque output to 369 lb.-ft. from 1,450 rpm to 4,750 rpm. Standard automatic start/stop and brake-energy regeneration systems help to reduce fuel consumption, according to BMW.
A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment, and includes rev-matching capability for both upshifts and downshifts. The optional 7-speed M DCT includes Launch Control, manual shift capability using the gear selection lever or paddle shifters, and six different driving programs.
Driving Dynamic Control allows the driver to select from additional driving modes accompanied by exhaust system note changes, and an M Dynamic Mode allows for wheel spin, oversteer, and controlled drifts for track driving. Aluminum suspension components, and perforated and ventilated brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear calipers, ensure that the M2 Coupe handles and stops as well as it goes.
BMW has confirmed that it will offer Driving Assistant features for the M2 Coupe, including a collision-warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic city braking, and a lane-departure warning system. Additionally, the M2 will have a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors.
In addition to BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with navigation, the new M2 is equipped with ConnectedDrive services including a GoPro app and an M Laptimer app. Using this technology, drivers can record video and metrics related to speed, acceleration, lateral grip, and more, allowing the driver to easily publish track-day antics via social media platforms.