Our kind of thunder. Something powerful approaches. #BMW #BMWM
Posted by BMW Malaysia on Monday, 29 February 2016
BMW Malaysia has teased a new model on its Facebook page. The still image is of a blue car’s twin five-spoke wheel, with big brakes and a blue M caliper. Do turn up the volume, as there’s a nice engine soundtrack to be heard. “Our kind of thunder. Something powerful approaches,” the caption reads.
This mysterious model is of course the BMW M2 Coupe, the smallest member of the M family. Revealed in October last year, the M2 is powered by a 3.0 litre closed-deck, single-turbo, direct-injection six-cylinder engine producing 370 hp and 465 Nm of torque (overboost to 500 Nm available). Power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M DCT dual-clutch auto.
The pocket rocket does the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds in auto form (Launch Control available), or 4.5 seconds if you shift yourself. Top speed is an electronically-limited 250 km/h, but you can unlock an additional 20 km/h with the M Driver’s Package. There’s also an Active M Differential (0 to 100% locking), M compound brakes and M Dynamic Mode.
Compared to a regular 2 Series Coupe, the M2 sports quad tailpipes (with an electronically-controlled exhaust flap system) and wider fenders to accommodate the increased track. Plenty of Alcantara inside, plus sports seats, an M steering wheel and shift lever. The default rims are 19-inch forged alloys with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres – 245/35 in front and 265/35 at the back.
Quite a machine, which you can read about in detail here. Also check out the M2 Coupe as a MotoGP Safety Car, with optional M Performance Parts and in the virtual Need For Speed world. The M2’s predecessor, the 1 Series M Coupe, retailed for RM509k when it was launched here in 2012. Stay tuned.
GALLERY: BMW M2 Coupe