BMW M2 World Premiere at Detroit NAIAS

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onJanuary 11th, 2016

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It’s been nearly 3 months since BMW unveiled the new M2 on the internet, one of the most anticipated entry level M cars from the boys in Munich. Today, we finally get to see it with our own eyes. The BMW M2 builds on the success that is the M235i, which in itself is an entry level taste to the world of M cars.

The M2 is a striking car, much like how the 1M transformed the BMW 135i. Large air intakes, wide body fender flares, and 19” wheels push the testosterone level up from the M235i from which it was based. The engine, derived from the N55, adopts pistons and crank bearings from the BMW M3/M4 S55 motor to allow it to rev like it’s big brother. The result is 370hp and 343 lb-ft of torque (with an optional overboost to 369lb-ft). Coupled with the superb M-DCT transmission and launch control, the BMW M2 rockets to 60mph in a scant 4.2 seconds.


On the handling front, BMW managed to squeeze more cornering abilities out of the M2 by focusing on weight reduction with the extensive use of aluminum. From the control arms to the wheel carriers, everything has been switched from the conventional steel construction to aluminum. This results in a weight savings of over 100lbs, staggering for a car weighing only 3300lbs. An electronically controlled Active M Differential rounds out the handling upgrades.

So, how does all this put together look in person? While the BMW M2 is much more aggressive than the M235i, it falls a little short in aggressiveness in comparison to the BMW 1M. It’s a little more subtle, more refined, but I do miss the boy racer image that the 1M, or even the E30 M3 invokes just looking at it parked on the street. The BMW M2 has grown up.



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