BMW M Performance Parts to be available for new M2 Coupe starting March

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 11, 2016

In terms of performance and driving dynamics, the new BMW M2 Coupé is considered as the model to beat in the compact high-performance sports car segment.

Featuring a combined fuel consumption of 8.5 l/100 km and combined carbon dioxide emissions of 199 g/km, BMW M2 Coupé comes with an assertive design that superbly reflects its vibrant character and its suitability for the race track.

However, the BMW M2 Coupé could be transformed into a car that features a more imposing yet functional appearance, better driving response, enhanced dynamic performance and a motor-racing inspired interior – thanks to the introduction of a new range of BMW M Performance Parts that will be available starting March 2016.

Exterior Design

As expected, BMW M Performance Parts offers an extensive range of aerodynamic components made from carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP or carbon fiber) and designed just for the BMW M2 Coupé – including rear diffuser and mirror caps as well as front and side sill attachments.

BMW M2 Coupé’s carbon fiber mirrors caps do not only help to emphasize its already powerful exterior design, but it also has aerodynamic effects. Moreover, the BMW M Performance rear spoiler and diffuser – along with the front and side sill attachments – help optimize the airflow around the BMW M2 Coupé, thereby making the vehicle easier to handle and more fun to drive.

Also lending the BMW M2 Coupé an enhanced sporty appearance is the M Performance radiator grille in high-gloss black as well as an integrated BMW M logo in BMW M colors -- red, blue and light blue.

Interior Design

It is not only the exterior of the BMW M2 Coupé that features a sporty theme, but also the interior. This is made possible by the addition of BMW M Performance parts that lends the interior with a more personal yet sporty look. For instance, the interior could be specified with the M Performance floor mats, which lends the interior with a sporty design while providing optimum grip courtesy of non-slip surfaces made from rubber and textile fiber.

Complementing the M Performance floor mats are stainless steel pedal covers featuring pronounced rubber profiles that makes the foot seemingly stick on the car’s brake and clutch pedal. Also available are BMW M Performance LED door sill cover strips for the driver and passenger side. The interior of the BMW M2 Coupé could also come with any of the two available steering wheels from the BMW M Performance. Clients wanting more classic luxury in their BMW M2 Coupé could opt for the M Performance Pro steering wheel with grip areas covered in Alcantara.

This steering wheel features a distinct shape as well as a foam body that is harder than the standard steering wheel – thereby improving grip and enhancing the steering feel. Moreover, the M Performance Pro steering wheel comes with a light blue central marking at the 12 o’clock position as well as a three-color M seam.

Clients may avail of the optional open-pore carbon fiber trim element that features M Performance inscription. Clients wanting modernity and sportiness may avail of the M Performance steering wheel with race display and carbon fiber trim as standard. The function display is integrated in the upper steering wheel rim, offering the driver with a great view of certain sporty information like section and lap times as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration.

Additionally, the steering wheel features menu buttons integrated in its thumb recesses – allowing drivers to spontaneously control certain vehicle functions. Aside from the race display, the M Performance steering wheel also comes with a gear shift indicator that features two bi-color LED light strips on the right and left.

Furthermore, BMW Performance offers the M Performance Interior Kit Carbon, which features trim elements for the center console and the twin-clutch transmission gear selector lever, as well as handbrake handle. This kit boasts of offering an alluring blend of carbon fiber and Alcantara.

Powertrain

BMW M Performance Parts is offering to enhance the car’s dynamic performance with options for engine, suspension and brakes. Allowing for a deeper perception of the engine audio is the available M Performance flap silencer system, which features two operating modes -- Sport and Track – that can be set by Bluetooth remote control.

In Sport mode, the engine of the BMW M2 Coupé lets out a unique sporty sound that is more ideal for public road driving. In Track mode, the volume and character of the exhaust sound are further intensified to create a more powerful driving experience, thereby strengthening the bond between the driver and the car.

Aside from providing a richer driving experience, the M Performance flap exhaust system also helps the BMW M2 Coupé become more attractive with its high-gloss silencer unit, tailpipes with 80-mm diameter and perforated inner pipe. This system also features deep-embossed M Performance logo.

BMW M Performance Parts is also offering optional carbon fiber tailpipe trim elements (93 mm in diameter) for the M Performance exhaust system with integrated BMW M logo. Customers may also avail of the BMW M Performance coil-spring suspension – with a ground clearance that is at least five millimeter lower than that of the standard suspension -- for optimal road holding and handling. They could further lower their BMW M2 Coupés by another 20 mm by availing of the coil-spring technology.

BMW M Performance could also adjust the shock absorbers of the BMW M2 Coupé to 16 levels in the rebound stage and 12 in the compression stage. As a result, drivers could come up with suspension set-ups that suit their personal preferences. Thanks to a tighter basic set-up -- compared to the standard suspension -- the pitch and roll movements of the vehicle superstructure have been minimized, providing drivers with a maximum direct feedback and highly neutral driving response.

Clients may also avail of BMW M Performance sports brake pads derived from the long-distance brake pads typically used in motor racing. This composition means that the BMW M Performance sports brake pads are highly resistant to thermal stress as well to any fading tendencies even when continuously subjected to intense use. Moreover, these pads provide a more direct response than the standard brake system.

Press Release

New extensive range of BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé.

The new BMW M2 Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 g/km)* sets the benchmark in the segment of compact high-performance sports cars when it comes to driving dynamics and performance. Its extrovert design further underscores the car’s highly dynamic character and outstanding suitability for the race track. From March 2016, the dynamic qualities and the visual appearance of the BMW M2 Coupé can be further enhanced with the newly presented range of BMW M Performance Parts. They comprise components derived from motor racing for the areas of aerodynamics, engine, cockpit and suspension which meet the very highest standards in terms of functionality and design.

Aerodynamic components for an improved appearance and driving response.

The M Performance Parts product portfolio features a particularly extensive range of aerodynamic components made of carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP or carbon fibre). These include front and side sill attachments, rear diffuser and mirror caps that are perfectly harmonised in their aerodynamic effect and additionally emphasise the powerful exterior design of the compact high-performance sports car.
The front and side sill attachments in combination with the rear spoiler and diffuser from the BMW M Performance range optimize the airflow around the vehicle, for example, which in turn impacts positively on handling and driving performance. Matching these there are carbon fibre exterior mirror caps which stylishly round off the car’s enhanced sporty appearance with their striking look. The same applies to the M Performance radiator grille for the front and side in high-gloss black with integrated BMW M logo in the BMW M colours red, blue and light blue.

Options for engine, suspension and brakes that enhance dynamic performance.

The M Performance flap silencer system makes for more intense perception of the engine sound. Its two operating modes Sport and Track can be set by Bluetooth remote control. The Sport mode is intended for use on public roads and indulges the driver with a distinctive sporty sound that has been specially harmonised with the BMW M2. Meanwhile the Track setting further intensifies the volume and character of the exhaust sound, perceptibly enhancing its emotional flair. This creates a much more intense driving experience and makes the driver feel more closely connected to the car. The M Performance flap exhaust system further enhances the BMW M2 visually, too, with its high-gloss silencer unit including deep-embossed M Performance logo, tailpipes with a diameter of 80 millimetres and perforated inner pipe. As an alternative there are also carbon fibre tailpipe trim elements available for the M Performance exhaust system with a diameter of 93 millimetres and integrated BMW M logo.

The BMW M2 Coupé can be fitted with the BMW M Performance coil-spring suspension so as to optimise road holding and handling. This reduces ground clearance by at least five millimetres as compared to the standard suspension. And the coil-spring technology can be used to lower the vehicle by an additional 20 millimetres. What is more, the shock absorbers can be adjusted to 16 levels in the rebound stage and 12 in the compression stage. This means the driver can create his own suspension set-up according to personal preference. Whichever setting is selected, the tighter basic set-up as compared to the standard suspension reduces the pitch and roll movements of the vehicle superstructure, thereby ensuring a highly neutral driving response and maximum direct feedback to the driver.

The BMW M Performance sports brake pads offer increased suitability for the race track as well as enhanced active safety. Their composition is derived from the long-distance brake pads that have become well-established in motor racing. This means the BMW M Performance sports brake pads have a particularly high resistance to thermal stress and do not show any fading tendencies even when constantly subjected to extreme use. They also offer an improved, more direct response as compared to the standard brake system.

Options for the interior inspired by motor racing.

The interior of the BMW M2 Coupé can also be given a definite touch of personal sporty style with the addition of BMW M Performance Parts. For example, the BMW M Performance LED door sill cover strips for the driver and passenger side add a stylish and striking accentuation directly as the door is opened. The same applies to the M Performance floor mats, which are not only sporty in design but also offer optimum grip due to their non-slip surfaces made of rubber and textile fibre. The stainless steel pedal covers are a perfect match here: with their pronounced rubber profiles they effectively prevent the foot from slipping off the brake and clutch pedal.

BMW is one of very few automobile manufacturers in the world to offer its own steering wheels with Alcantara cover for retrofit purposes, and the BMW M Performance range actually includes two different models. The M Performance Pro steering wheel with grip areas covered in Alcantara is particularly marked in its shaping and generally has a harder foam body than the standard steering wheel, resulting in better grip and a more precise steering feel. It also has a light blue central marking at the 12 o’clock position. The three-colour M seam and the optional open-pore carbon fibre trim element with M Performance inscription give the M Performance Pro steering wheel an especially attractive visual appearance.

In addition, BMW offers the M Performance steering wheel with race display and carbon fibre trim as standard. With an integrated function display in the upper steering wheel rim, the driver always has a perfect view of information such as section and lap times, longitudinal and transverse acceleration. The functions are intuitively controlled by menu buttons integrated in the thumb recesses of the steering wheel. In addition to the race display there is also a gear shift indicator: two bi-colour LED light strips on the right and left that run towards each other.

The BMW Performance range for the interior is rounded off with the M Performance Interior Kit Carbon, featuring trim elements for the twin-clutch transmission gear selector level, centre console and handbrake handle and the M Performance interior trim finishers with their especially attractive blend of Alcantara and carbon fibre.

Topics: bmw, bmw m2, coupe, sports car

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