BMW M GmbH has revealed details on its latest offering -- the 2016 BMW M2. This newest addition to the brand’s family has the M badge. In line with the M tradition, the 2016 BMW M2 has a 6-cylinder engine giving it the driving dynamics and power delivery needed on a race track.
A combination of the light M Sport aluminium suspension with the agility of rear-wheel drive ensures that it comes with the trademark driving performance expected of the M series. With the state-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo, torque is made accessible even with a wide range of revolution.
This same TwinPower Turbo also improves efficiency and allows faster responses resulting in a unique engine sound. The BMW M2 will be made available starting in early 2016 at authorized dealers and will include a limited range of options.
The upgrades do not stop there. While the engine and the transmission already exhibit the dynamic potential of the M2, it still needs to be applied while on the road. One of these ways was to integrate the specially developed tires to its axle.
The engineers at BMW know that in order to display a sports car’s high-performance, there are a number of factors to consider. For example, the front wheels must be able handle the different forces that are present when ensuring stability, both directional and lateral.
The front wheels must also be able to deliver steering precision and feedback. Meanwhile, the rear wheels have to give directional and lateral stability and provide the best traction at the same time. Putting all these into consideration plus the results of testing, engineers put aluminium wheels to the M2 with the addition of mixed-sized tires.
The 19-inch forged wheels are lightweight and thus can not only reduce the rotation but also the mass of the suspension. The wheels measure 9J x 19 for the front axle while for the rear axle it is 10J x 19. For the tires, BMW went with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport 19-inch tires that measure 245/35 ZR 19 and 265/35 ZR 19, for the front and rear respectively.
This particular combination adds to the M2’s already superior dynamic properties while also improving the ride comfort that is expected from any BMW product. The influence of motor sport can also be seen in its high-performance brakes and is easily identifiable by the blue metallic brake calipers with the M logo placed on the front axle.
There are four piston-fixed calipers on the front axle while two are on the rear. For the M2, the grey cast-iron brake disc ring is both inner-vented and perforated. The ones on the front axle have a diameter of 15 inches while the rear axle has ones that measure 14.5 inches.
The M2’s compound brakes are so powerful that it allows deceleration regardless of the condition. As such, this can inspire fade resistance when used on the hard track. With the brake disc hub being made of aluminium, it is lighter compared to the traditional braking systems and like the wheels; they help reduce the rotating and unsprung masses.
Thus, it is expected that it will have a large role when it comes to enhancing further the M2’s ability. It won’t be an M series without Electric Power Steering. In developing this steering system, the priority was to make sure that the qualities for which the M was known for could be experienced.
Thus in addition to having that direct steering feel, the system also gives accurate feedback not just for everyday driving but also at the track. This helps the driver as it provides the needed information especially on the tires’ available grip.
A Servotronic function has been incorporated and when combined with M-specific qualities, it allows for control of steering assistance level with regards to the speed of the car. The switch of the Driving Dynamic Control enables the driver to make the necessary adjustments on the steering power assistance when needed.
Another feature of the BMW M2 is the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which also includes the M Dynamic Mode (MDM). The DSC system is able to stabilize the car by neutralizing the loss of traction and even the understeer or oversteer.
This is achieved through different measures like applying the brake on individual wheels or reducing the power of the engine. It can also be adjusted to ensure that the wheel slip can give an advantage even at certain circumstances like when driving on a race track.