The next BMW M2 moves onto the starting grid

The next BMW M2 moves onto the starting grid

BMW M GmbH’s agenda continues this year. After, among other things, the M4 CSL, the manufacturer is preparing for the launch of the M3 Touring, as it is known. XM will also be released this year. However, BMW’s 50-year-old motorsport division has another key player ready for its competition team, the M2.

BMW M promises to present the M2 in October this year. It marks the beginning of a new generation of M2, but it also heralds the end of an era. With the all-new, second-generation M2, BMW M closes the gap with M models powered only by combustion engines. Everything that comes after the M2 features hybrid power train. The electricity starts early, because with XM, the manufacturer introduces its first electro-M. An SUV with an electric motor is on the agenda this fall.

S58 engine from M4

For the M2, BMW M uses a rear-wheel drive platform, which is taken from the 3 Series, just like BMW does for its 2 Coupés. Unlike the lower 2 Active Tourer, 2 Gran Coupé and M135i, which are essentially front-wheel drive units. For extended M2 Motorsport branch model track width. Compared to the previous M2, the axles are further apart, and compared to the current top model 2 Series Coupé, the body is pushed out by five centimeters. It will be a rear-wheel drive, not a four-wheel drive xDrive model. The pulling power comes from the three-liter six-cylinder engine from the M4, among others. This S58 twin-turbo engine, whose power exceeds 450 hp, is connected to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pop-up museum of 50 years BMW Motorsport

The BMW also borrows the braking system from the larger M4. Large and powerful ‘blocks’ are hidden behind 19 and 20 inch wheels on the front and rear axles respectively. The tires are from Michelin and are called Pilot Sport 4S. The chassis has adaptive dampers.

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Made in Mexico

BMW must replace all components of M4 ships from Germany to Mexico, because the construction of a small oil man is taking place on the other side of the world. This also applies to items like the carbon fiber roof and ditto bucket seats. Mexico is the only birthplace of the compact sports coupé. As it appears now, BMW will start building the M2 only with an unnamed version. Providing a more powerful version can at this time cannibalize with the M4, which appears at the beginning with 480 hp.

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