This is not a render of the next M2, BMW’s upcoming successor to the sublime 1M Coupe. This is a render of the M235i Racing, BMW’s new entry-level motorsport machine to replace its Z4 racer. But surely, with its box arches and Front Dam Of Many Inlets, it’s a heavy hint at how the baby two-door M-car will look when it arrives in 2015? The M235i Racing is a production-based track-only coupe - sitting on the new 2-Series platform - that costs €59,500 and meets all the requirements to race at the Nürburgring in the VLN Endurance Championship and 24 Hour race. Taking the current range-topping M235i, BMW has upped the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-sixer’s power to 333bhp, along with fitting a proper mechanical limited slip diff and widening the tracks. It also sits a little lower than the standard car, gets BMW M Performance front and rear spoilers, diffuser and carbon wing mirrors. Oh, and a FIA-approved safety cage and safety … [Read more...] about Will the BMW M2 look like this?
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At 7 minutes and 58 seconds, the new BMW M2 is seven seconds faster around the Nürburgring than the old, V8-engined BMW M3. Yep, BMW has confirmed that its new, turbocharged small sports coupe with 365bhp has lapped the world’s least friendly race circuit in 7min 58sec. Which is faster than its old, non-turbo, slightly less-small sports coupe with 414bhp. So the M2’s quick, then. But just how quick? Sure, it’s faster than things like a Cayenne Turbo S, or a Viper SRT-10, or an old V8 R8, but it’s also only a smidge quicker than a front-wheel-drive Seat Leon estate. Go figure. What that points to is anyone’s guess. No doubt you’ll have your own opinions on what this lap time means, if it means anything at all. We’ve highlighted the questionable legitimacy of Nürburgring lap times many times before, and the debate shows no signs of cooling. In any case, leave those opinions in the space below. But before you do, have … [Read more...] about The BMW M2 will lap the Nurburgring in 7m 58s. Now watch it drift
You might have seen last week that on the way to the Nurburgring N24 (and on the way back) I thought I’d see what kind of speed I could get out of the BMW M2 I drove there. However, on the return leg I breezed straight past the 155mph mark - where the limiter is supposed to cut in - on a stretch of derestricted autobahn, with the electronic buffers kicking in instead at an indicated 165mph. This lead to quite a bit of speculation in the comments on YouTube. Many concluded that I’d just hit 155mph, and the speedometer was over-reading by a considerable 10mph. Curious to find out the actual speed, I had a look through the GPS data recorded by our TomTom Bandit test camera (the one to the left in the image below) which was also busy capturing my ugly mug. After adding a speed overlay graphic on the accompanying mobile app, I found that I’d hit the limiter at 262.5km/h. In other words 163.1mph, less than 2mph under what the speedometer claimed. This is interesting for … [Read more...] about The BMW M2 Laughs In The Face Of Its Official ‘155mph’ Top Speed
Rumours have circulated about a hardcore version of the already capable M2, which could bear the M2 CSL name. It’d be a baby version of the M4 GTS, and now German publication Bimmer Today has got an inside scoop of the track-focused baby M car. And it seems set to get one hell of a power boost. Known as the M2 CS (Club Sport), the car will use a detuned version of the M4’s S55 engine. This means that power outputs will be around 400bhp - 25bhp down on the likes of the M3 and M4 but 35bhp up on the standard M2 road car. With release estimated to be some time in 2018, the CS will also exploit the M4 GTS’s suspension setup to make for a seriously competitive rival to the likes of the Audi TT RS. BMW M2 Review … [Read more...] about The BMW M2 Could Get A Massive Power Hike Thanks To An M4 Engine Transplant
In conjunction with its 40th anniversary in North America, BMW is set to unveil two concept cars at the 2015 Monterey Car Week on August 13. Rumour has it that one the cars could very well be a preview of the new BMW M2, while the other, a hydrogen-powered BMW i8. With nothing else to go by except for a concept steering wheel that has buttons with the words ‘cool’, ‘radio’, ‘alarm’, ‘wiper’, ‘flash’ and ‘PSL’ on it, there’s very little else that one can tell. Perhaps this flappy paddle steering wheel is set to be mounted onto the new i8, which is powered by hydrogen fuel-cell technology. Also interesting is that it has BMW M’s trademark tri-colour stitching. Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the BMW M2 will be previewed at the event. The reasoning behind this is that the M4 Concept was unveiled in the same fashion, at the same venue some two years back. The upcoming BMW M2 coupe is believed to have a … [Read more...] about BMW to premiere two concepts in California – could it be the BMW M2 Concept and a hydrogen-powered i8?
being unveiled in October, the world will finally get to meet the BMW M2 at the Detroit Auto Show. The entry-level M coupe brings 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque from the M TwinPower Turbo engine, as well as an active rear diff and lightweight components. We'll also get close-up looks at the intense exterior design, which seems to have opinion divided opinion concerning its front fascia.The X4 M40i will also storm Detroit, its inline-six M Performance TwinPower Turbo with 355 hp and 343 lb-ft is also making a world debut. This isn't a proper M version of the X4, but there's been heavy revision throughout the crossover-coupe, and it gets special 19-inch wheels to stand out.Elsewhere of note on the stand will be the 330e and 740e plug-in hybrids that we first met in Frankfurt, and the i8 with laser lighting. The press release below has more. … [Read more...] about We’ll finally see the BMW M2 in Detroit
2addicts forum that brought us preliminary specs on the BMW M2 have apparently gotten their hands on the option sheet for what will be the littlest M. Reports indicate 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque from turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six, working through either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch.Other features on the car won't be so replete with choice. According to the options sheet provided by a forum member there's only one wheel style available, 19-inch black numbers, said to be the black light alloy double spoke wheels that can be specced on the M4. There's a parking sensor fitted to the rear, but no sensor option for the front of the car. Navigation Pro and carbon interior inserts are standard, as is the Shadowline black exterior trim, which swaps out chrome trim around the windows and other places for muted black.Among the options will be power heated seats, a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo, and a … [Read more...] about Options sheet for the BMW M2 leaks
Today, Audi finally released pricing for the 2018 RS3 sedan and it's not quite the performance bargain you may have been hoping for. The RS3 sedan, available for the first time in the US, will start at $55,875 when it hits dealer lots later this year. That's thousands more than the competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, though it's not quite a straight one-to-one comparison. For reference, a BMW M2 starts at $53,495 while a Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG will set you back at least $50,875. With an all-new 400 horsepower inline-5 under the hood, the RS3 is packing more punch than its German rivals, and, unlike the M2, sends power to all four wheels. Standard features include LED lighting, Audi pre sense basic, and blind-spot monitoring. Other standard equipment hasn't been announced yet, so it's difficult to make a straight comparison to the M2 and CLA45 AMG.The RS3 sedan will make its North American debut next week in New York. While the car will hit full production for the 2018 model … [Read more...] about The 2018 Audi RS3 sedan priced above the BMW M2 and Mercedes CLA45 AMG
While we tirelessly advocate the clutch-pedal-and-stick-shift way of life, we acknowledge that a well-tuned automatic occasionally can be the wiser choice. Perhaps stop-and-go traffic plagues your daily routine and your left leg needs a break. Or your significant other’s attention is tapped out by steering and smartphone tasks. If so, you’re a prime candidate for the BMW M2 DCT tested here, which delivers most of the joy of its stick-shift sibling with a few unexpected pleasures. Computer Is Quicker Speed, for example. As is often the case with modern cars, the self-shifting M2 is quicker than its manual-shift sibling. An M2 equipped with the dual-clutch automatic transmission leads the way to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile by a significant 0.2 second. When you’re running in Corvette territory—4.0 seconds to 60 mph, 12.5 at 113 mph in the quarter-mile—two-tenths is significant. The auto-to-stick gap is more than a car length at 60 … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW M2 Automatic
We’re fans of the BMW M2 for many reasons, not the least of which are its bad-ass looks and near-holistic tactile feel that made the original BMW “M” models so special back in the day. Still, there will always be those owners who yearn to add a personal touch to their car, either by amping up the visuals or by adding more performance. For them, BMW’s M Performance Parts has just unveiled a collection of factory-developed accessories and upgrades designed specifically for Munich’s mini monster.The list includes aerodynamic bits such as new side sills, a rear diffuser, and mirror caps made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. While we can’t verify BMW’s claims that the pieces optimize aerodynamics, we can say the items look especially spectacular on the Geneva show car, with its Alpine White paint and M Motorsports graphics. More pizazz can be ordered up via a gloss-black M Performance grille.A coil-over suspension … [Read more...] about Many Dynamisms: This Mega-Hot BMW M2 Is Stuffed with New Performance Parts