M2 of­fers com­fort in the fast lane

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

Sports cars gen­er­ally fall into two camps.

On the one hand, per­for­mance edge can be dulled by the de­sire for com­fort; on the other, com­fort may be sac­ri­ficed at the al­tar of pure power.

There is, how­ever, the odd ex­cep­tion to this rule: the BMW M2.

Build­ing on the suc­cess of the lim­ited edi­tion BMW 1 Se­ries M coupe brought Down Un­der in 2011, the new BMW M2 coupe is avail­able in two vari­ants — M2 Pure ($89,900) and M2 ($98,900) — both fea­tur­ing a 272 kW/465 Nm 3.0-litre turbo-petrol en­gine.

Driv­ing through the rear wheels, the M2 Pure’s en­gine is mated with a six-speed man­ual gear­box; this was the car we tested.

The M2 uses a seven-speed M Dou­ble Clutch Trans­mis­sion (M DCT) with Driv­el­ogic and In­te­grated Launch Con­trol func­tion.

Dom­i­nat­ing the front, flanked by up­dated BMW twin cir­cu­lar bi-xenon head­lights is the trade­mark BMW kid­ney grille with dou­ble black ver­ti­cal bars de­signed to re­flect the de­sign of the M dou­ble-spoke 19-inch al­loy wheels.

Large air in­takes point to the car’s wide stance, at the same time, boost­ing aero­dy­nam­ics and en­gine cool­ing through a com­bi­na­tion of trape­zoidal blades and outer air cur­tains.

Air­flow is guided around the car help­ing to re­duce drag by five per cent and lift by 35 per cent com­pared with the 2 Se­ries coupe.

The re­sult is im­proved bal­ance at higher speeds.

In pro­file, wide flared wheel arches are con­nected by a line that runs through to the ex­pan­sive rear end with L-shaped tail lights.

There’s un­der­stated boot-lid spoiler and rear bumper in­cor­po­rat­ing a dif­fuser above char­ac­ter­is­tic M quad cir­cu­lar tailpipes.

A driver-fo­cused cabin fea­tures Dakota leather uphol­stery, Al­can­tara door trims and car­bon fi­bre trim de­tails. Heated front sports seats com­plete the fitout.

BMW brand high­lights in­clude leather wrapped three-spoke M sports steer­ing wheel with pad­dle shifters, M lo­gos on the gearshift lever and door sills, and spe­cial M2 di­als and nee­dles with a speedo run­ning to 300 km/h and a rev counter top­ping out at 8000 rpm.

Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem Pro­fes­sional, HiFi au­dio sys­tem with DAB+tuner and full Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity are all on hand, while BMW Con­nect­edDrive driver as­sis­tance in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive suite of ser­vices and apps. With its built-in SIM card, there’s ac­cess to in­ter­net and BMW Concierge ser- vices; au­to­mated trans­mis­sion of ser­vice re­lated data through BMW Te­le­Ser­vices; traf­fic in­for­ma­tion; an emer-gency call func­tion; re­mote app func­tions such as lock­ing / un­lock­ing; ven­ti­la­tion con­trol; head­light flash, and Google lo­cal search and send-to-car func­tion.

Through BMW Con­nect­edDrive, the M2 coupe also of­fers in­te­grated GoPro and M Lap timer apps that en­able record­ing of data and video di­rectly through the car’s iDrive Con­troller.

Th­ese can then be viewed on an 8.8-inch colour dis­play. The M2 Pure also fea­tures full Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for au­dio stream­ing and safe hands-free phone calls and a high-qual­ity HiFi au­dio sys­tem with DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio and USB and aux­il­iary inputs.

The top-of-the-range M2 fea­tures even more ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy for com­fort, con­ve­nience and en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing key­less Com­fort Ac­cess sys­tem, adap­tive head­lights with high beam as­sist, elec­tric ad­just­ment and heat­ing for the M sport front seats, alarm sys­tem and a Har­man/Kar­don Sur­round Sound au­dio.

Pic­tures: Mark Bean

Large air in­takes point to the BMW M2’s wide stance that draws plenty of at­ten­tion on the road.

A sleek in­te­rior.

BMW M2 hugs the road.

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