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The three-litre straight-six engine in the BMW M2 has an output of 370BHP at 6,500 rpm. Thanks to a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve timing, peak torque is 343lb ft and can be increased to as much as 369lb ft in short bursts under overboost. With a DCT automatic gearbox the M2 can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds (4.5 manual). Top speed is electronically limited t0 155 MPH.
2- Automatic Throttle Blipping
The standard six-speed manual gearbox comes with ‘Engagement Speed Control’ which blips the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine’s revs on up-shifts. Not only does it do away with the need to perform heel-and-toe braking but also means the exhaust always sounds on point when you dip the clutch.
3- Launch Control and ‘Smokey Burnout Function’
Opting for the DCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox not only gains a two tenth advantage on the 0-60 sprint but also comes with integrated launch control. More interestingly is the smokey burnout mode which allows the driver to smoke up the tyres at low speeds… on purpose!
4 – Drifting
The M2 uses an electronic limited slip differential. Working alongside the stability control, the diff is fully variable allowing locking from 0-100 per cent depending on driving conditions. Not only can the system maximise directional stability but when M Dynamic Mode is engaged the system actively allows more slip for controlled drifts.
5- Track prepared
Both the engine oil sump and gearbox sump have been designed to ensure perfect oil flow during the most extreme cornering, braking and acceleration. Additionally, four-pot front and two-pot rear brake calipers are standard along with 380mm front and 370mm rear vented discs. The 19″ lightweight alloy-wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres for optimum grip.
A range of optional driver assistance systems are available for the BMW M2, they include; Driving Assistant, which comprises features such as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Lane Departure Warning. The optional ConnectedDrive Services open up the world of vehicle connectivity to customers, revealing intelligent services and features as well as an extensive range of apps.
The new BMW M2 sees BMW M building on the success of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. Indeed, it continues the tradition of the legendary original BMW M3 – the E30 from 1985. And it is also a close descendant of a car from 40 years ago that anticipated the focus of BMW M GmbH on stand-out dynamic talent, unbeatable agility and unshakable car control no matter what the situation: the BMW 2002 turbo.
The BMW M2 costs from £44,070 or £46,575 with the DCT gearbox. BMW claims the M2 will achieve 35.8mpg and emit 185g/km of CO2 when coupled with the DCT auto, while the manual is slightly less efficient, at 33.2mpg and 199g/km.
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