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  • Writer's pictureMpho Mahlangu

BMW M2 Finally Breaks Cover

Following a number of months of teasers and leaks of the all-new high-performance coupe, BMW has finally taken the covers off of their much-anticipated M2. With almost 60 000 units of the outgoing model sold, BMW will be aiming to continue the sales success with the new model. The local arm of the manufacturer expects to launch the M2 in Q2 2023.

Exterior Design

Up front, the M2 sports a large, frameless BMW kidney grille with horizontal bars within it. Cooling air supply and aerodynamic balance are achieved thanks to the three-section lower air intake. Naturally, the M2 boasts flared side skirts and wide, muscular wheel arches. The rear end, in typical BMW M fashion, sports a boot lid spoiler, a rear diffuser and quad exhaust tailpipes. Optionally available is an M Carbon roof, which results in a weight loss of 6kg on the vehicle.

Customers will be able to choose from five exterior paint finishes and these include Brooklyn Grey, Sapphire Black, Alpine White, Zandvoort Blue solid & Toronto Red metallic, with the last two exclusive only to the M2.

Interior Design

Inside, the BMW M2 boasts a driver-centric design with typical M treatment in the cabin. Taking center stage is the BMW Curved Display which measures 12.3-inches for the digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inches for the control display. The former display is able to display various driving-related information along with Shift Lights for enthusiastic driving, with the latter display able to display vehicle setup and tyre conditions to mention a few. Customers may specify vehicles with the optional BMW Head-Up display.

The BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are what make up the latest-generation of BMW iDrive which is based on BMW Operating System 8. The new operating system is purpose built for intuitive interactions between owners and their vehicle, with the use of touch control and natural language. Standard fitment includes smartphone mirroring via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a 5G antenna system for optimized connectivity.

Standard fitment also includes standard model-specific sport seats with Sensatec/ Alcantara surfaces. Alternatively, M sport seats with integral head restraints and perforated surfaces in Vernasca leather/ Sensatec are available to choose from. Customers may however opt for the above-pictured optional M Carbon bucket seats which also result in a weight loss of around 10.8kg on the vehicle.

Fitted as standard is also three-zone automatic climate control, BMW Live Cockpit Plus which features BMW Maps navigation system, ambient lighting and the Hi-Fi speaker system.

Driver Assistance Systems

The BMW M2 is fitted with the following driver assistance systems as standard: Front collision warning, speed limit display with no-overtaking indicator, lane departure warning and park distance control. Some optionally available systems customers may choose from include the driving assistant, active cruise control with stop & go function and the parking assistant including reversing assistant, to mention a few.

Engine and Power

Powering the all-new M2 is the familiar 3.0-litre straight six M TwinPower Turbo motor found in the M3 & M4 models. In this application, the motor produces 338kW and 550Nm of torque. The new high-performance model boasts an improvement of 66kW over its predecessor. Power is sent strictly to the rear wheels via the standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

Optionally available is a 6-speed manual transmission and it boasts Gear Shift Assistant which aids slip-free operation when downshifting under braking into corners. The Gear Shift Assistant may be deactivated via the M Setup menu.

The M2 is able to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds with the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and will complete the same sprint in 4.3 seconds with the six-speed manual variant. As standard, the M2 will reach a top speed of 250km/h however when fitted with the M Driver's Package, it may reach a top speed of 285km/h.

Chassis and Handling

Standard fitment on the M2 includes adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Servotronic steering with variable ratio, dynamic stability control including M dynamic mode and powerful M compound brakes with six-piston, fixed-calliper brakes up front and single-piston, floating-calliper brakes at the rear. The integrated braking system presents the driver with two pedal feel settings.

A staggered wheel setup is present on the M2, with 19-inch light alloy wheels on the front and 20-inch items at the rear. Track tyres may be fitted optionally.

The all-new BMW M2 will be on display at the 2022 BMW M Fest at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Local pricing and specification will be revealed closer to launch date.

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