Tyre burne M2 ar­rive

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MW Group Malaysia has launched the BMW M2 Coupé ( F87) – ba­si­cally an ode to the BMW 2002 turbo, with a po­tent 3.0litre tur­bocharged in­line six- cylin­der en­gine.

The M2, with only a few undis­closed units avail­able in the coun­try, only comes in Long Beach Blue Metal­lic and is cur­rently priced on- the- road with GST with­out in­sur­ance at RM498,800.

War­ranty is five years with un­lim­ited mileage, free sched­uled ser­vice pro­gramme and also in­cludes BMW’s tyre war­ranty pro­gramme.

Weigh­ing in at 1,520kg ( kerb), the M2 coupe gets per­for­mance com­po­nents from its big brothers – the ven­er­a­ble M3 and M4 coupe.

Un­der the hood lies a tur­bocharged 3.0- litre in­line six- cylin­der en­gine that sends 370hp and 465Nm ( 500Nm over­boost) of torque to the rear wheels via a seven- speed M- dou­ble clutch trans­mis­sion ( DCT) with Driv­el­ogic and in­te­grated Launch Con­trol func­tion.

Fur­ther­more, the trans­mis­sion also comes with sta­bil­ity clutch con­trol, creep on de­mand func­tion as well as a “smokey burnout” func­tion, while three Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol modes of Com­fort, Sport and Sport+ are avail­able at the push of a but­ton.

With the DCT, the M2 takes 4.3 sec­onds to reach 100kph and tops out at an elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited speed of 250kph – al­though the M in­stru­ment clus­ter’s speedome­ter goes all the way up to 300kph and the tachome­ter to 8,000rpm.

For the time be­ing, the car only comes with a DCT, but if pre­ferred, a six- speed man­ual can be or­dered. The M2’ s po­tency is fur­ther in­di­cated by a pair of 93mm- di­am­e­ter twin­tail pipes that make up the sports

Bex­haust sys­tem with flap con­trol. It rides on the combi the light­weight alu­miniu sus­pen­sion from the M3 an while the 19- inch alu­minium wheels with 245/ 35 ( front) and 265/ 35 ( rear) Miche­lin Pi­lot Su­per Sport tyres take on grip du­ties.

To fur­ther im­prove trac­tion, the M2 also re­ceives an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled Ac­tive M Dif­fer­en­tial, which helps to op­ti­mise trac­tion and di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity, but to in­crease the level of driver en­gage­ment is the car’s dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem’s M Dy­namic Mode that al­lows for more wheel slip­page.

Stop­ping power is han­dled by a set of four- pis­ton ( front) two- pis­ton ( rear) cal­lipers in blue that bite down on 380mm ( front) 370mm ( rear) grey- cast iron cross- drilled disc brakes that make up the M com­pound brakes.

The con­fines of the cabin are ac­cented in leather, Al­can­tara and open- pored car­bon sur­faces and re­ceive leather clad sports seats with ad­justable side- bol­sters, M footrest a knee sup­port on the ce con­sole, an M Sports s wheel and a M gears lever.

Al­though pow­erf also comes equippe BMW Ef­fi­cien­tDyna age that in­cludes bra re­cu­per­a­tion, an elec cal power steer­ing ( M steer­ing), au­to­matic sta tion, in­tel­li­gent lightweig sit­u­a­tion- spe­cific con­trol of sys­tems, vol­ume flow- con­trolle l pump and a rear dif­fer­en­tial with op­ti­mised warm- up times.

Other equip­ment in­clude BMW Con­nect­edDrive apps that com­prises of the GoPro app, M Lap­ti­mer app,

l gency call ( us­ing the built- in SIM card) to help im­prove emer­gency re­sponse times.

A man­ual emer­gency call func- l s

for other road users in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“The New BMW M2 Coupé will once again re­in­force the fact that pre­mium per­for­mance and dy­namic ve­hi­cles in Malaysia can only be mea­sured by one let­ter – M– the Most Pow­er­ful Let­ter in the World,” said BMW Group Malaysia head of sales Ray­mond Tan.

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