10/14/15

The New BMW M2 – Back to the M Roots…


Anticipation…

Merriam-Webster says:  “the act of looking forward; especially:  pleasurable expectation”
For several months, BMW geeks and car fans in general have been anticipating the arrival of the BMW F87, otherwise known as the M2.  The latest creation from the evil minds at BMW's Motorsport division will be coming to the states in early 2016.

The original M car, the ’87 – ’92 BMW M3, chassis code E30, was thought of as a street-legal racing platform.  Lightweight, nimble and somewhat raw, the car eventually became a classic, despite selling in small numbers.  Over the years, the M3 grew in size and weight, not to mention sales.  While all are superb sporting cars, purists thought something may have been lost from that original recipe.  The new M2 is smaller and lighter than the current M3/M4 (4 and 2-door, respectively) and might be just what the doctor ordered..!
The bits that make it go?

The classic BMW inline 6 cylinder motor, 3.0L and turbocharged, massaged to produce 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque.  I could get even more car geek and talk about Double VANOS, dry sump lubrication, high-pressure injection, but I will refrain.  What should you know?  With the available DCT dual-clutch transmission, you will hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to the factory.  By the way, BMW’s numbers are widely known to be conservative…  I’m guessing closer to 4.0.
Remember the rather famous road course in Germany called the Nurburgring that I talked about here?  The M2 lapped all 154 turns and 12.93 miles in 7 minutes and 58 seconds..!  Impressive…

The latest M machine comes in 4 colors (Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey) with one available interior configuration.  You can however, choose your transmission, with the above mentioned 7-speed DCT or an old-school 6-speed manual.
No official pricing information has been released, but I will guess we are looking at $51,000 +/-.  If you’re interested, you may want to call your BMW rep now and get on the list.  These will sell like the hottest of hotcakes..!

Well done, BMW…
 
 
 

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