As the successor to the 1 Series M Coupe, the 2016 M2 lets the world know that it’s packing serious power with an bold body kit complete with a new, more aggressive front bumper, wider fenders, revised rear bumpers and four-tailpipe exhaust system. We also see a subtle rear spoiler and special 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped around in bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
The interior is mostly the same as the regular 2-Series’ but is distinguished by a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel , Dakota leather sport seats with blue contrast stitching and M logos on the backrests, M-branded sill plates, carbon fiber trim, and knee pads on the center console.
Breathing under the little hood is a 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft. (464 Nm) of torque, or 369 lb-ft (499 Nm) with overboost. A six-speed manual transmission channels all that power to the rear wheels, allowing the M2 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Buyers who don’t want to do the shifting themselves have the option of a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission that cuts the 0-60 mph sprint to just 4.2 seconds.
Other performance highlights include aluminum suspension components, aluminum front / rear axles sourced from the M3 / M4, an M-tuned electronic power steering system and an Active M Differential. Also present is a high-performance braking system featuring vented and perforated discs, as well as four- and two-piston calipers with a blue metallic finish.
While still highly desirable performance-tuned sports cars, the BMW M3 / M4 have turned some enthusiast off for not feeling as nimble and having the visceral feel of the E46. Could the BMW M2, with its more compact size, be what they’ve been waiting for? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Five Features Of A BMW
BMW is renowned for making some of the best luxury vehicles on the planet. “The Ultimate Driving Machines,” as they are known, offer some of the most innovative and advanced features in the automobile industry.
Whether talking about the 5 Series or 7 Series, all BMWs have features that are ahead of the curve, literally, thanks to a carbon fiber and aluminum design that lowers the center of gravity of the sedans so they better handle curves.
Let’s look at five awesome features that !
The Driver Assistance Systems
BMW doesn’t even use names for their technology and features like all of the other makes and models. So instead of giving their vehicles “autonomous” driving systems, they provide the best driver assistance packages available today. After all, if you buy a BMW you want to drive it, still, it is nice to know that there are safety features that assist when driving. These include warnings for side collisions, lane changes, and lane departures. New BMWs will steer away from cars that get too close and offer advanced cruise control systems that brake and steer when needed.
Remote Control Parking
Well, maybe you want to drive a BMW but nobody has fun parallel parking. With new BMWs you don’t need to worry about it, the BMW will park itself via a remote without you even needing to be in the car. There are also panoramic and 3D views that allow for better vision when parking.
Connected Drive Service
We live in the digital age in a world dominated by computers and the internet. BMWs are the perfect car for the digital age. There are up to 10 wifi connections available in the vehicles, so no one has to go without the ability to connect to the car with their smartphone.
Dual Zone & Dual Fan Speed Engines
These twin turbocharged V-8s provide 456 horsepower, propelling the vehicle from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. It can do that while allowing the driver and the passenger to set the temperature and fan speed individually to their liking. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
Gesture Control Function
If you want to control things with just the wave of your hand, then the BMW has just the feature for you. With the Gesture Control Function, you can answer the phone, adjust the radio volume, as well as control various other functions all using simple hand gestures.
Like the BMW itself, BMW dealers tend to go above and beyond to provide the best experience possible to their customers. A visit to a local BMW dealer will introduce you to not only the most advanced and luxurious vehicles on the planet, but also to special programs that help better afford a great car and a great education, as well as other assistance programs. Plus BMW dealers provide excellent service and collision centers and to make sure your BMW stays on the road in tip-top shape.
GM, Ford, BMW, Renault Form MOBI Blockchain Consortium
A group of automakers, suppliers and other automotive industry players has formed the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium tasked with exploring potential uses for blockchain technology in the automotive industry.
The consortium’s ranks include General Motors, Ford Motors, BMW, and French automaker Renault, as well as car-parts manufacturers Bosch and ZF, tech giants Accenture and IBM, and blockchain industry groups Consensys and Hyperledger. CEO Chris Ballinger stated:
“Blockchain and related trust enhancing technologies are poised to redefine the automotive industry and how consumers purchase, insure and use vehicles.”
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin use blockchains as a distributed ledger. The system is open but cryptographically-protected to provide a secure record of transactions.
Appropriately, MOBI aims to create a blockchain ecosystem custom-tailored for the automotive industry. with potential applications including vehicle identity, supply chain tracking, vehicle payments, data markets and usage-based pricing systems. IBM automotive industry VP Sachin Lulla added:
“Bringing the industry together and building interoperable blockchain networks is key to helping the automotive industry unleash the potential of blockchain.”
MOBI has not disclosed the standards for its open-source blockchain tools or when it will be launched.
2019 BMW M2 Competition Is An M2 With An M3 Heart, Makes 405HP
The ultimate M2 and, thus, 2-Series has arrived. A more track-ready, tire burning sports car, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by the S55 twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 and M4.
The M2 Competition’s turbo six has been tuned to pump out 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm, which is an extra 40 horsepower and 63 lb-ft. over the standard M2. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the M2 Competition reach 60 mph (96 k/h) from a standstill in 4.2 – and 4.0 seconds, respectively.
Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249.50 km/h), though it can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Other performance goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that helps deliver the distinctive M sound, the BMW M3 and M4’s CFRP high-precision strut, and larger disc brakes. The electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and Dynamic Steering and Stability Control systems have all been enhanced.
Inside, the BMW M2 Competition comes equipped with new M Sport seats with a very supportive, bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, and the black leather upholstery boasts design perforations (available in either blue or orange) in the seat and backrest.
The center console houses selector switches that allow instant control of settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions. The driver can combine the various configurations in whichever way he prefers and stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.
The BMW M2 Competition goes on sale in summer 2018.